Travel Trend Watch: Fall, Foliage, and Festivals

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Fall is the perfect time to explore new cities and enjoy the changing scenery. Turning leaves, hot apple cider, sweater weather: We love it all. Here are our top suggestions for how to enjoy the crisp weather in some of our favorite locations:

Newport, RI— Just 20 minutes away from beautiful Newport, Escobar's Highland Farm in Portsmouth, RI as a fall activity for everyone. Hayrides and pumpkin patches make for perfect fall fun, and if you're feeling a little more adventurous, this year's Corn Maze features eight acres of twists and turns. Don't worry, they'll rescue you if need be.

Accommodations: Located in Newport's Historic District, the Pelham Court Hotel is perfect for your Newport stay. Explore the Tennis Hall of Fame or take a leisurely stroll along the Cliff Walk to spot beautiful mansions.

New York City, NY—If you're in town on October 25, plan to stop by the Pumpkin Fest, NYC's annual celebration in Central Park. With free activities ranging from pumpkin decorating to Quidditch matches, this event is too good to miss! For those who would rather appreciate autumn beauty from indoors, the Top of the Rock offers one of the best views of New York City year-round. In the fall, visitors can take in all that the beautiful city has to offer, from the changing leaves in Central park to fall fashions. Our tip: Visit the observation deck around sunset, as the combination of the setting sun on the burnt-orange leaves is spectacular.

Accommodations: A block away from Central Park, The Empire Hotel is perfectly situated for your New York City stay. Take a walk in the park or enjoy a morning run alongside beautiful foliage.

Chicago, IL—Explore Chicago before the chill of winter takes over. According to USA Today, Chicago is home to one of the "10 Great Places to Feast at a Festival." Oktoberfest Chicago boasts, "It's all about beer, brats, and having tons of fun when Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus returns for its 13th year of autumn revelry." Stop by from September 27 to 29 for good music, great food, and even better company.

Accommodations: A few blocks away from Millennium Park, Hotel Monaco Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, is close to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Willis Tower.

Have you made your fall getaway plans yet? If not, be sure to book your hotel on Tingo, because when the price drops, you'll get a refund automatically. Happy travels!

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