The Best, Most Affordable Fall and Winter Getaways

Whether you’re interested in live entertainment, outdoor adventures, shopping, or trying your luck at the casino, there are some great getaway destinations to explore this year.

The Best, Most Affordable Fall and Winter Getaways

Give yourself or your loved ones the gift of a vacation this fall or holiday season. Experiences last forever, and are worth the investment. 

Nevado Gaming and Entertainment

Las Vegas isn’t the only place for gambling and nightlife; Nugget Casino in Reno is an expansive resort featuring gambling, onsite entertainment, dining, and other amenities.

Nugget Casino Resort Entertainment

Entertainment at Nugget Reno ranges from performers such as Kid Rock to live showings of The Price is Right. During the Holiday season, you’ll also find Thanksgiving festivities including feasts and football, as well as hands-on Christmas crafting activities.

Nugget Resort also features Anthony’s Chophouse Winemakers Dinners, which are ticketed events that offer several courses paired with wines from a variety of vineyards.

Nugget Casino

Did you know the Nugget Casino offers more than 900 spot machines? Here’s what else you will find during your next trip to Nugget:

  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em
  • Three Card Poker
  • Fortune Pai Gow Poker
  • Keno
  • Bingo

Nugget Casino Resort Amenities

The hotel at the Resort is newly remodeled and features an arcade, indoor swimming pool, and optional upgrades for your room or suite. If you’re visiting Reno for a wedding, honeymoon, or other romantic getaway, you can elevate your experience with spa baskets, roses, champagne, and more.

While rates vary depending on when you travel, you can always look for Nugget hotel deals on their site. 

Access to Reno

Where exactly is Reno? It’s about seven hours northwest of Las Vegas. You can fly directly into the Reno-Taho International Airport, or make it part of your visit to a number of other nearby destinations:

  • Sun Valley, NV (5 miles)
  • Carson City, NV (25.4 miles)
  • Yuba City, CA (121 miles)
  • Sacramento, CA (132 miles)

Colorado Ski Resorts

If the outdoors are calling, answer in Colorado! With exquisite mountains, it’s the perfect setting for hiking, biking, skiing, and other fall or winter activities. Some of the best Colorado vacation destinations can be found below.


Breckenridge, Colorado has long been an ideal winter vacation destination. And with Ski Colorado offering a variety of lodging options, ranging from studio condo rentals to four-bedroom townhomes, you’ll always have the perfect place to land.

Breckenridge Ski Resort features five peaks with 2,908 acres of skiing. It has trails suitable for beginners and experienced skiers alike, with 18 trails from which to choose.


About 15 minutes from Breckenridge you’ll find Frisco, Colorado. It’s conveniently located near a number of slopes, and boasts its own Adventure Park for beginner skiers. Adventure Park is only four minutes from Main Street. Copper Mountain, also known as Frisco’s Mountain Resort, is just seven minutes from Main Street, and there’s transportation available for skiers and boarders. Copper also offers ice skating, lots of dining options, and fall activities such as golfing, biking, and hiking. 

Ski Resorts Near Frisco

  • Keystone Resort
  • Loveland Ski Area
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek Resort

Winter Park

Make your way to Winter Park, Colorado this autumn to drink in the crisp, mountain air. Winter Park offers an array of activities for fall travel, including hiking, hot springs, and harvest festivals.

Locals and tourists alike love Winter Park for fall fishing, biking, historical haunts. Take a Halloween trip to Colorado and visit haunted hotels and cemetaries, refueling afterward with the freshest bounty the state has to offer: peaches, melons, and berries.

Skiing in and near Winter Park

  • Winter Park Resort
  • Granby (20 miles)
  • Arapahoe (48 miles)
  • Loveland (41 miles)
  • Echo Mountain (53 miles)
  • Keystone (61 miles)
  • Breckenridge (65 miles)

New England Foliage

The East Coast is a must-see during the fall. The leaves are in full display beginning in September and continuing into October. Also, visiting the beach as the busy season dies down means you may not get to swim, but you can enjoy the seafood and the sights without the crowds.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Avoid the summer rush and visit Cape Cod in the off-season. You’ll be able to take tranquil walks on the beach and take in the gorgeous foliage further inland.

Things to do in Cape Cod in Fall

  • Lighthouse tours
  • Pumpkin picking at Taylor-Bray Farm
  • Whale watching tour
  • Wellfleet OysterFest
  • Cape Cod Brewfest
  • Apple picking
  • Cranberry bog tour
  • Hiking/biking
  • Wine festival

Burlington, Vermont

Another must-see fall vacation spot is Burlington, Vermont. The trees here are putting on a show, and there are also historic tours you can take via trolley or Segway.

Things to do in Burlington

  • Shop Church Street
  • Walk Lake Champlain
  • Visit Shelburne Museum
  • Biking/hiking Burlington Bike Path
  • Burlington Farmer’s Market
  • Ben & Jerry’s factory tour (Waterbury)
  • Penguin Plunge (winter fundraiser for the Special Olympics)
  • Skiing

Off-Season West Coast Beaches

If you want to visit a beach that’s warm enough for a dip during fall and winter, head to the west coast! 

Laguna Beach, California

Forget Disneyland in the fall and head further south to Laguna Beach instead. You’ll find Laguna about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, making it an ideal fall or winter vacation spot. There are over 30 beaches along this coastal city, which spans about seven miles. Laguna is loved for the following activities and more:

  • Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
  • Alta Laguna Park
  • Crystal cove State Park
  • Heisler Park
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Laguna Coast wilderness Park
  • Main Beach Park
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  • Scenic drives along Pacific Coast Highway
  • Thousand Steps Beach
  • Treasure Island Park

Santa Barbara

North of Los Angeles, you’ll find Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara beaches span 110 miles of coastline, but in fall you’ll find more than just sand and surf to keep you entertained on vacation.

  • Apple picking
  • Bike tours
  • Corn mazes
  • Figtoberfest
  • First Thursday Art Walk
  • Halloween Costume Cruise (21+)
  • Oktoberfest
  • Pumpkin picking
  • Santa Barbara Ghost Tours
  • Sea Cave Kayak Tour (October)
  • Seaweed Festival
  • Spooky Zoo

Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, with friends, or the whole family, these destinations are sure to please everyone! 



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