12 Amazing Weekend Getaways for Families This Fall

School may be back in session, but that doesn't mean vacation time is over. Milder temperatures and spectacular scenery makes fall the perfect time for a weekend getaway with the kids—and often at a fraction of what you'd pay during the peak of summer. 

These epic fall weekend getaways will not disappoint.

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    Traverse City, MI

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    Seeking an affordable fall getaway in the Midwest? You'd be hard pressed to beat Traverse City, in Michigan's "True North," voted one of America’s Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations on TripAdvisor. Visitors can take advantage of fantastic fall savings throughout the season.

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    San Diego, CA

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    ••• San Diego Tourism Authority

    You could argue that San Diego is fabulous year-roound, but in October crowds have thinned and the city hosts its annual Kid Kingdom, when hotels and attractions offer great kids-go-free deals all month long.

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    Zion National Park, UT

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    Autumn is arguably the best time to visit Zion National Park. Whether it's watching the leaves change while hiking throughout the park or taking advantage of the milder temperatures (which allows you to pack more into the day), Zion in the fall is prime time to avoid the crowds and get maximum enjoyment out of the park.

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    Fall Foliage Drives, USA

    Autumn foliage and Chair Mountain, West Elk Loop Scenic Byway
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    Cooler weather signals that it's time for leaf peeping, the perfect excuse to plan a weekend road trip to view fall foliage. So pack the car and grab the kids for these stunning road trips in all regions of the U.S.

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    Ohio State Park Lodges, OH

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    ••• Ohio State Parks

    Another affordable Midwestern option is a stay at one of the Ohio State Park Lodges, which are offering fall packages with savings up to 30 percent on stays this fall. These lodges offer an affordable year-round resort-like experience complete with full-service dining rooms, golf courses, and a raft of family-friendly amenities and activities. Most of the lodges overlook a large lake and offer a marina with boat rentals.

     

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    Corn Mazes, USA

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    All over the country, giant corn mazes crop up every autumn to the delight of families who flock to this quintessential fall experience. Grab the kids (and don't forget your cell phone), and have fun getting lost one gorgeous fall weekend.

     

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    Lancaster County, PA

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    ••• Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

    Famous for its majestic gardens and Victorian-era pedigree, the 35-acre Mount Hope Estate & Winery hosts food and music festivals year round, but autumn is its banner season. For 13 consecutive weekends, the grounds are transported back to 16th century England for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire,

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    Halloween Fun, USA

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    ••• Roger Williams Park Zoo

    Whether you're looking for trick or treating, spooky haunted houses, or full-blown theme park scarefests, the Halloween season delivers with many events for kids and parents alike. Here's your guide to finding Halloween fun in any state.

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    Great Lakes Region

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    Are the Northern Lights on your bucket list? You don't have to cruise to Alaska, fly to Scandinavia, or drive to Canada. You can stay put in the Lower 48 and head to the Great Lakes region for fantastic viewing of the Aurora Borealis.

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    Jacksonville, FL

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    ••• Jacksonville Zoo

    Looking for a place to take the kids in November? You'd be hard pressed to find a better place to visit than Jacksonville, which offers a whole month of free admission for children at some of the city's most popular family attractions.

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    Plymouth, MA

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    ••• Plimoth Plantation

    Want to celebrate Thanksgiving like a pilgrim? Head to where it all started for an annual celebration that brings history to life. Highlights include special dinners where you can step back in time and enjoy an evening of entertainment and hospitality with the residents of 17th-century Plymouth.

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    New York City, NY

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    The holiday season is arguably the most exciting time to visit New York City. Beginning in late November, the Big Apple is transformed into a festive holiday destination, from the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and the beautifully decorated storefronts along Fifth Avenue.

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