Winter is coming, folks—but it’s definitely not here yet! Fall is still in full swing for the next month, and that means prime travel season is seriously heating up right as temperatures are cooling down. Why? Fall means some of the most colorful nature scenes you’ll find all year round, minus the summertime crowds and heat. Travel perfection, am I right?

So, what do you say? Is a fall weekend getaway just what you need to pep up the season? We think so! Here are five fabulous destinations to finish fall off right.

1.) Savannah, Georgia

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Serge Skiba /Shutterstock

With its historic squares, live oaks dripping in Spanish moss, and quaint cobblestone streets, Savannah makes for quite the pretty picture when fall rolls around. The weather is lovely, in stark contrast to the city’s muggy summers. Plus, established in 1733, Savannah has a beautifully restored Historic District with more than 800 restored structures.

Savannah’s got more than just charm, though. It also has ghosts! Often referred to as America’s most haunted city, Savannah boasts several downright spooky attractions such as the Bonaventure Cemetery, the Colonial Park Cemetery, and several haunted historic mansions, including the Mercer Williams House and the Sorrel Weed House. The city even claims a haunted brewery, the Moon River Brewing Company. Who knows who might join you for a pint!

2.) Willamette Valley, Oregon

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KennStilger47 / Shutterstock

Just outside Portland, you’ll find one of Oregon’s autumn treasures—Willamette Valley. Known as the state’s wine country, Willamette Valley is home to some of the country’s best wineries, and boasts over 200 vineyards in its compact area.

If you’re visiting in September, October, or November, you won’t just find fine Rieslings and Pinot Noirs—but also tons of colorful leaves! Leaf peeping is at its prime around these parts from mid to late October. In addition to the leaf peeping opportunities, Willamette Valley is lined with many quaint historic towns to visit in between vineyard stops. Basically, it’s gorgeous. I’m already jealous of your travel plans.

3.) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Vaclav Mach / Shutterstock

Nothing quite says fall getaway like cheese curds, beer, and apple picking, am I right? You’ll find all three of these quintessential fall items in and around Milwaukee this time of year!

Apple pickers can find some of the best and most diverse apple varieties just outside of town in New Berlin at Weston’s Antique Apple Orchard. The orchard offers more than 100 apple varieties, many of which are extremely rare.

Post apple picking, you can head back into Milwaukee to sip a pint and snack on some cheese curds at one of the city’s many breweries. Yum!

4.) Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Easily accessible from nearby Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park shines in autumn. The national park presents ideal leaf peeping conditions from mid September through mid October, just in the nick of time for those visiting over the Columbus Day holiday.

If you’re a hiker, you’re in luck! Rocky Mountain National Park has over 300 hiking trails spread across its 415 mile area. There’s a trail for every skill level, from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. In addition to hiking, Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the state’s best drives, including Trail Ridge Road, with views of the forest below from some 12,000 feet up. Don’t look down!

5.) Stowe, Vermont

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DonLand / Shutterstock

You didn’t think we’d get through a list of fall weekend getaways without mentioning New England, did you? New England is the quintessential fall getaway hotspot—and for good reason. This region has some of the most beautiful fall foliage displays in the country, and Stowe, Vermont has some of the region’s most eye-popping scenes.

This classic New England village sits at the base of Vermont’s highest peak, lending visitors a good leaf peeping spot from early September through November. One of the best ways to see the changing colors in Stowe is to hop in the car and roam the area’s scenic back roads. The drive to Stowe Hollow has become a favorite for leaf seekers in the fall, thanks to its positioning at the foot of the Worcester Mountains.

Where will you be traveling this fall? Let us know in the comments!

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Suzy Guese

Suzy Guese is a travel writer from Denver, Colorado. She caught the travel bug after taking her very first flight at just three months old—she was headed for Disney World—and has been a total travel junkie ever since. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, Suzy travels the globe with her redheaded temperament in search of sarcasm, stories, and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. She blogs about her travels at http://suzyguese.com.