Fall break is the best time in the world for college students to get away from the stress of school! Even a short weekend break can boost your productivity and set you up well for success during the rest of the quarter or semester. So, pack your bags and start planning an epic trip to one of these great fall destinations!


Top 9 Fall Break Destinations For College Students


1. Denver, Colorado

Get the best of fall color in the mountains when you visit Denver in October. If you like cycling, make sure to ride on the Cherry Creek Bike Trail, where you can see the trees in the height of their brilliant colors. The High Line Canal is another great place to go for a ride, where you will see the cottonwood trees in lovely shades of yellow. The best part of visiting Denver in the fall? Definitely the beer. The Denver Oktoberfest, the Denver Beer Fest, and the Great American Beer Festival bring tons of out-of-towners to the city to try thousands of handcrafted craft beers.

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2. Nashville, Tennessee

If you love music and want to spend your fall break hearing some of the very best music in the country, head to no other place than Music City! Nashville not only has some of the very best music venues in the country, it also hosts the Independent Music Festival and the Americana Festival. Don't just go for the tunes, though - stay for the food! The city has a growing reputation for being a hub for really good Southern cooking. In October, look forward to the Southern Festival of Books, if reading is your thing!

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3. Berkshire Mountains

The Berkshire Mountains are a beautiful place to get away, but not disconnect entirely from a great source of inspiration: museums! The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art has one of the largest modern art collections in the entire country, while the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute features beautiful impressionist paintings and European paintings from the Old Masters. It is definitely worth a visit during your weekend, especially if your major is in Art History!

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4. Salt Lake City, Utah

You may have heard of ski destinations Alta and Snowbird, but what you might not know is how gorgeous Little Cottonwood Canyon is in the fall. Just thirty minutes from Salt Lake City by car, you'll feel far away from civilization as you take a day hike through these stunning mountains. Snowbird also has an Oktoberfest celebration that goes for two months in the fall, which is a lovely way to end a hike!

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5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Not only is this National Park the most popular one in the United States (yes, even more than Yellowstone) but it is also affordable. It is entirely possible to find places to stay for under $100 a night, which means that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Make sure to hit the all-time favorites, like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Dollywood, where you can go on all the rides. If you're feeling adventurous, go camping and reconnect with nature.

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6. Vancouver, British Columbia

Though this splendid Canadian city shares the West Coast with Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, it has a distinctly international and even European feeling that is different from its American counterparts. The fall season is a great time to explore the bike paths, water ways, and gourmet cafes and restaurants without so much of a tourist crowd.

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7. Mont Tremblant, Quebec

This beautiful mountain town in Quebec feels like it could be in Europe somewhere. Lake Tremblant stays warm late through the fall so you can enjoy swimming and boating, and the locals are friendly and welcoming. You'll love walking through the old ski town, trying soft serve ice cream with maple syrup, and practicing your French. Take a walk or an easy bike ride on Le P'tit Train Du Nord, a gorgeous trail with leaves and lake views. Montreal is just an hour and a half away by car, so make sure to check it out on the way.

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8. Chicago, Illinois

If you're going to school in the Midwest and want to enjoy city life for a weekend, there is no better place to go with the guarantee of having a lot of fun! Enjoy the city and all its beautiful foliage by taking a bicycle tour through the Windy City with Lakefront Bicycle Tours. If you're a student in Chicago and want to escape the city, drive two hours in any direction to feel like you've gotten a complete getaway. Drive through the beautiful countryside to County Line Orchard for apple picking, exploring corn mazes, and trying homemade donuts!

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9. Dublin, Ireland

If you're in school on the East Coast, Dublin is really close - you'll spend the same time in the plane from Boston to Dublin that you would to San Francisco! You'll immediately notice how much Dublin has the unique combination of big-city action with small-town charm. Make sure to walk through the TCD (Trinity College Dublin) campus with its old stone buildings, and try the beer at the Guinness Storehouse. If you have time, rent a car (be careful to drive safely on the other side of the road!) and explore the beautiful green countryside.

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