Beautiful Images of the 20 Best Budget Destinations for Fall

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Leaf-peeping in the Berkshire Mountains, in western Massachusetts, is one of the sweetest ways to spend an autumn weekend!
You don't have to choose between a nature getaway and a museum trip when you visit the Berkshires—first-rate museums like the Berkshire Museum, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, are abundant.
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She may be a familiar face, but there's nothing like the real thing—when visiting New York City on a perfect autumn day, cruise by the Statue of Liberty on the (free!) Staten Island Ferry, or pack a picnic lunch and spend some time getting to know Liberty Island.
Stroll across New York's most beloved—and beautiful!—bridge and sing along with the 1940s Sinatra classic: "The folks in Manhattan are sad / Cause they look at her and wish they had / The good old Brooklyn Bridge."
Get your gallop on! The amazingly affordable Dominican Republic offers beaches just waiting for a horseback ride—or a run, walk, or simple sun-bathing session.
Post-hurrican season and pre-holidays, the Dominican Republic is one of the most relaxing places on the planet.
There's a reason Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited of America's national parks. Easily reached from many southern and midwestern states, and boasting countless opportunites for communing with mountains, streams, and forests, the park is a gem—and never more than in fall.
Your spirits will soar when you explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park in autumn.
Cross the Liffey River on Ha'penny Bridge when you visit Dublin, which is an easy, affordable jump across the "pond" from the East Coast.
When you "tip the jar" at Dublin's Temple Bar, you can not only enjoy the Guinness but also bask in the glow of serious literary cred—portions of James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, are set here.
Missing the summer sun? Scottsdale, Arizona, will warm you up this fall—with prices way lower than those you'd pay in winter.
You don't actually have to be on a mission—on vacation, just enjoy the iconic architecture and gentle colors of Arizona's Spanish Colonial-era missions.
Atlantic Canada's fishing industry keeps the local restaurants stocked with the freshest seafood you've ever tasted—all for a surprisingly affordable price tag.
Charming, authentic fishing villages dot the coast of Atlantic Canada, and are just waiting for you to drop in.
Unlike most places in the U.S., San Francisco can actually be warmer in fall than in summer. The city's well-known chilly fog tends to stay away in October, and temps climb. Drop by Baker Beach, with its amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge!
No tour of San Francisco is complete with checking out the "painted ladies"—Victorian-era houses that have been redecorated in brightly vibrant colors that reflect the 20th-century transformation of the city.
Barcelona's stunning architecture turns heads all day long—and is an indication of the city's whimsical outlook on life.
Barcelona is known for its great public markets, where you can find delicious treats to picnic on while you explore the city.
Think Vegas is just for bachelor parties, girl getaways, and high rollers? Think again—the city is wooing families with bargains and spectacles like never before.
Las Vegas boasts some amazing hotels—and some even more amazing hotel deals!
Yep, the city of canals can be yours during "shoulder season"—when summer crowds are gone, the weather is still mild, and prices in Venice plummet!
You MUST take a classic gondola ride in Venice—and tell the gondolier Budget Travel sent you:)
After hurricane season, but before the winter crowds send prices back up, Nassau, in the Bahamas, is quiet, and as beautiful as ever.
A balmy Bahamas beach has your name on it this autumn!
We love the stretch of sand, amusement park, great food, and friendly vibe at Myrtle Beach all year long. But in fall, you can nab a real deal.
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With hotels lined up right by the sand, Myrtle Beach offers the opportunity to do nothing—but relax!
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The Norwegian Getaway sails from Miami—and includes Miami-themed food and entertainment!—to visit some of the Caribbean's best ports of call, at a price you can actually afford.
Think a Caribbean cruise is out of your reach? The Norwegian Getaway can be yours for under $100 per night!
Orlando has so much to entertain every member of the family, but Universal Studios, with its Harry Potter-themed attractions, may be the biggest draw this fall.
Universal is offering great deals that include lodging and theme park tickets this fall.
Bucharest, Romania, is ready for its closeup, with great museums, friendly locals, and world-class food.
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Corvin Castle, in Romania, is one of the region's spooky throwbacks to the "bad old days" of the Middle Ages. Perfect for a Halloween tour, Romania's Carpathian Mountains gave birth to the legends of vampires and werewolves!
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Speaking of spooky Halloween fun... Try exploring Mammoth Cave National Park!
If you don't mind a trip to the underworld, Mammoth Caves is a unique, bragworthy vacation.
The iconic Hagia Sophia (a former church converted into a mosque as Turkey's religious culture changed), is one of the many landmarks in the city so nice they named it thrice: Byzantium, Constantinople, and now Istanbul.
When in Turkey, you MUST get outside the big cities to discover the country's wild side, too: Cappadocia is renowned for its jagged mountain peaks, known as hoodoos.
We love Chicago all year round, but in fall you can beat the summer heat and the winter winds and have a blast enjoying the music, sports, theater, BBQ, art and architecture!
A boardwalk on Lake Michigan, right in the heart of the city? What's not to love about the games, rides, deep-dish pizza, and best-ever hot dogs at Chicago's Navy Pier?
See the fall colors and savor the park without crowds as Yellowstone National Park sheds its summer leaves and temperatures drop.
You'll pop your top for Yellowstone, especially in autumn!

The shadows are growing longer and now is the time to book your autumn escape. From New England leaf-peeping to big American cities, amazing national parks, European capitals, and Caribbean dreams, we've rounded up a big, beautiful batch of getaways. Your only challenge? Which fall vacation to take.

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