The 12 Best Beach Towns to Visit This Fall

Enjoy the beautiful weather before winter comes with one of these autumn vacations.

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Summer may be wrapping up, but there's still plenty of sun and fun to be had with these fall vacation ideas. Plan a visit to one of these scenic beach towns and you'll save money and steer clear of crowds, all while taking in incredible views of the fall foliage.

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Sea Ranch, California

Average High Temperature in October: 66°F

Why We Love It: Make the most of harvest season—and enjoy sweet sips and beautiful beach vistas—with a visit to California’s famous wine capital. Drive up and down the , go for a tasting at , and kick back with a relaxing stay at the .

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Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

Average High Temperature in October: 78°F

Why We Love It: You'll find this clean, scenic, and family-friendly beach located just a short drive from . The seaside escape is also close to plenty of historic plantations ( and to name a few) that offer fresh fall foods, pumpkin picking, and more fun.


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Carmel, California

Average High Temperature in October: 68°F

Why We Love It: Though the California location might fool you, located two hours south of San Francisco will make you feel like you've been whisked away to southern England with its foggy mornings, cypress trees and rugged coastlines. Feel free to bring your pup along with you for the weekend—dogs can run free on Carmel Beach and is known for being pet-friendly.


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Kennebunkport, Maine

Average High Temperature in October: 58°F

Why We Love It: Though the beach is the most obvious place to go leaf-peeping, we highly recommend taking in the fall foliage from a on the Mousam River. Another benefit to visiting after Labor Day? The lobster shacks typically stay open until the end of October and the award-winning stays open year round.


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Gulf Shores, Alabama

Average High Temperature in October: 78°F

Why We Love It: The white-sand beaches in on the Gulf of Mexico get super crowded in the summer, so wait until the kids go back to school and visit in the fall when the weather is still warm enough to go swimming. Love seafood? The takes place in Gulf Shores the second full weekend of each October.


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Traverse City, Michigan

Average High Temperature in October: 57°F

Why We Love It: Its famous cherry season is over by the time autumn hits, but is worth adding to your fall bucket list for its amazing wineries and that begins to change as early as mid-September.


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Nantucket, Massachusetts

Average High Temperature in October: 61°F

Why We Love It: While may be New England's quintessential summer destination, fall might actually be the best time of year to visit this island off the coast of . Not only can you manage to get a table at popular restaurants, but also rates at the family-friendly drop from nearly $1,000 a night to a much more realistic $195 in October.


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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Average High Temperature in October: 60°F

Why We Love It: Located just an hour and a half from Portland on Oregon's blustery coast, is often at its warmest in September. When the weather begins to cool off in October, you'll have the scenic beaches to yourself to enjoy the stunning sunsets that happen here.


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Clearwater, Florida

Average High Temperature in October: 84°F

Why We Love It: 's weather is still warm enough to go swimming in the fall— it's the dry season, so you don't have to worry about your beach vacation getting rained out. Plan your visit for mid-October when stone crab season kicks off with the every year.


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Montauk, New York

Average High Temperature in October: 63°F

Why We Love It: transforms from a party town to a quiet beach town after Labor Day, but there's still plenty to do. Stop by Wölffer Estate for a glass of Long Island rosé and then enjoy a traffic-free drive out to where you can take tennis or sailing lessons if you're feeling active, or hide out in the spa if you're not.

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Newport, Rhode Island

Average High Temperature in October: 62°F

Why We Love It: During summer it can be nearly impossible to find a place to stay in . Wait until fall, when availability goes up and rates go down and it's still warm enough to wander around the historic colonial center.


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Jekyll Island, Georgia

Average High Temperature in October: 78°F

Why We Love It: One of the Golden Isles of Georgia, is located halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. Hole up for the weekend at the historic Queen Anne-style and be sure to check out the tree graveyard at on the island's northern tip for amazing sunset views.


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