2021 Fall Travel Destinations

Even though many see summer as the season in which to hit the open road for new experiences and a chance to visit exciting travel destinations, the autumnal landscape of September might be the right time to visit some of the following charming locations listed on this index of suggested places to travel to in September 2021 from Travel + Leisure.  Making fall travel an ideal scenario.

September is the ideal fall month when it comes to travel because the world just seems to slow down and settle after the rush and busy summer season begins to fade away. With the ninth month of the year, temperatures become crisper, leaves begin to stand out in a vibrant array of colors.

As always, due to local regulations, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 surges, it is highly- suggested that travelers properly research all local guidelines and CDC recommendations before booking any trip or getting too far along in the travel process in order to keep you and those you care about as safe and responsible as possible in these unprecedented times.

Travel + Leisure’s full list suggests that you make your way up to Vermont, Jackson Hole, and Stowe if you want to breathe in the fresh mountain air; venture out to Niagara Falls if you want to take in some breath-taking views while you pick apples or eat peach pie; take a ride out to San Diego or Carmel if you want to take a stroll along the beachfront or shoreline; and book a stay in Bristol, Virginia for their annual Country Music festival or even a weekend in Las Vegas to survey their new hotels, shows, and restaurants that have recently opened. No matter the September experience you’re expecting, there’s always a location where it can happen, as seen in the listings below.

Carmel, California

Stop by the California coast if you’re not looking to escape the sun just yet, as Carmel, California is the ideal place for you to soak up some Vitamin D with the warm, cloudless days and cool evenings that are held in town and along Carmel Beach. The fall season is the perfect time to escape to a shoreside town to survey its September offerings, and there’s no better place to stay or visit than the following: 

  • Carmel Valley Ranch: Encompassing an impressive 500 acres, this ranch offers its guests and residents all-suite accommodations to make your days not taking advantage of their offerings of hiking trails, rounds of golf, apiary visits, and equine experiences all the more relaxing.
  • The Quail Lodge: If you’re looking to book a stay somewhere more spacious, then the Quail Lodge is your best bet with its spacious guest rooms and suites available to be booked. While you’re here, be sure to check out the many sports activities such as the lodge’s nine-hole putting course, pickleball, pool, and its impressive 18-hole championship golf course.

 Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This is the prime destination for fall travel and for anyone looking to engage in hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, or practically any other outdoor activity, because Jackson Hole is set within (and named after) the valley between the Grand Tetons and the Gros Ventre Mountain Range. While this picturesque locale is a favorite among skiers and snowboarders in the winter months, there’s an array of Autumn activities and other events and seasonal openings to take advantage of; some highlights include:

  • Snake River Sporting Club: a 1,000-acre lodge with miles of trails and an infinity pool
  • The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival: an annual collection of gallery walks, artist panels and more; held September 8-19.
  • The Caldera House: a boutique hotel found in Teton Village that offers its guests residential suites and luxurious amenities that can be enjoyed when seeking refuge from the nearby shops.

Be sure to check out the full list that goes on to suggest an international escape to Italy, Botswana, and French Polynesia’s Bora Bora.

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A Dude Ranch to Explore in Wyoming

Does the dude ranch still exist in today’s modern world? The short answer is a resounding “Yes!”, and the scenery is still unspoiled and the views still magnificent.  Travel + Leisure continues to cover this jewel of a resort for good reason.

Dude ranch history stretches back to the late 19th century when wealthy men like Theodore Roosevelt made hunting trips and sightseeing excursions to the American West to chase wild game and magnificent scenery. After World War I the popularity of dude ranches increased, becoming the main tourist attraction in the Rocky Mountain area. Famous writers like Mary O’Hara and painters like Remington brought the romance of cowboy life and the open frontier to millions throughout the world. Then came Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show which was an unprecedented success in Europe and gave western life worldwide fame. Simultaneously, the industrial revolution was transforming the East Coast, destroying wildlife and the countryside. It is no wonder that the mystic of the West attracted many; galloping horses, cowboys and Indians, magnificent scenery and, above all, the freedom of the frontier captured the imagination of the Western World. In the West a man was judged for his courage and performance; not for his family background or the amount of money he had.

There at the Brush Creek Ranch, you are transported right back to the 19th century and the remote wilderness of Wyoming.  Unspoiled, unpolluted and breathtakingly beautiful, this luxury dude ranch offers 30,000 acres of adventure, scenic landscapes, and wide-open space to breathe fresh air while living out your authentic western fantasy. There, guests can spend a morning learning the delicate art of fly fishing before escaping to the spa for a signature facial that will leave their skin looking as fresh and glowy as a western summer sunrise. Enjoy activities ranging from yoga to horseback riding, as they offer over 50 miles of trails. Over 40 different activities are geared towards giving families a true western experience, or adults can spend an evening at the saloon hoping for the winning hand of poker.

Visit one of the farm branches like the bakery that uses timeless techniques with a dash of innovative expression. They feature a full range of breads, sweets and more, all prepared with top shelf ingredients and an intuition only honed by experience. What’s pulled fresh from their oven is crafted daily by their extraordinary Baker, and enough goods are produced to supply both The Farm and the rest of the ranches on property.  After that, venture over to the creamery where their award winning Creamer masterfully instills their dairy products with complex flavors, blending old world and old west traditions. Using the finest milk from their own Alpine goats, Medicine Bow Creamery is dedicated to creating superior products they have masterfully and exquisitely perfected. Delight yourself with their hand-crafted yogurt, ice cream, butter, and more, or if you’re seeking a more family-friendly experience, participate in creating the products yourself through one of their classes.

If you are a snow sport enthusiast, come during the winter months and enjoy Green Mountain.  There, you can enjoy the ultimate winter experience.  This winter, guests of the Brush Creek Ranch Luxury Collection have exclusive access to this private 600 acre mountain getaway. Located 25 minutes from the gates of Brush Creek Ranch, Green Mountain is completely surrounded by National Forest lands, combining a secluded outdoor adventure with awe-inspiring views. Green Mountain is home to one-of-a-kind snow skiing and snowboarding for all skill levels, miles of wilderness for snowshoeing and cross country skiing terrain throughout the property.

As you can see, this Dude Ranch offers a multi-angled and unforgettable experience.  All that is missing is YOU!

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