Bright colors, brisk air, thin crowds and reduced rates inspire families of all ages, styles and tastes to get out of town each autumn. After all, if you’re not planning a road or camping trip filled with plenty of stargazing, hiking and quality time in the great outdoors, you’re probably toying with the idea of taking the kids to a convenient, affordable and fun fall-break locale. And with the shoulder season ushering in plenty of hotel deals and airfare steals, it’s hard to pass up the chance to enjoy spectacular scenery, autumn activities and valuable bonding time. With some help from family travel experts, U.S. News found seven ways to organize a cost-effective family adventure this fall.
Visit Business-Friendly and Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations
If you want to plan a budget-conscious getaway this autumn, visit less-frequented destinations. “If you’d like to go to Europe, for example, look for flights flying into various off-the-beaten-path cities rather than booking a flight into always popular Paris,” says Colleen Lanin, author of “The Travel Mamas’ Guide.” And in terms of clinching the best deals, she advised heading away from the crowds. “Leaf-peeping season in the