Top 5 Bargain Destinations for Fall 2013

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon (Photo: Denise Bober)
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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon (Photo: Denise Bober)

As temperatures drop, so do prices in fantastic destinations all over. Take advantage of autumn's perfect combination of pleasant weather and great deals with a trip to one of our top five bargain destinations this season.


I've monitored trends, industry news, and sale patterns to point you in the direction of places that offer the best bargains for the coming season. Below, you'll find examples of deals presently available for fall trips. Like all deals, these are sure to expire; however, a little research on your part can yield similar results when you're ready to book.


It may not be the first place that pops into your head when you think about foliage, but, in fall, Oregon offers lovely autumn color and a major wine harvest, all at prices that make East Coast leaf peeping seem like highway robbery. Throw in new flights and you've got yourself a bargain destination worth its weight in gold, red, and orange leaves.

Travel Oregon lists the latest hotel discounts, car-rental deals, and attractions specials all over the state. The site is also brimming with autumn activity ideas for visitors. Through November 20, Alaska Airlines passengers receive complimentary wine tastings at participating wineries and can check a case of Oregon wine for free when leaving from select airports. If you're looking for a city stop, check out the Portland Perks hotel package, which offers exclusive rates and extras such as free parking and breakfast, plus discounts at attractions, shops, and restaurants. And while Oregon is already well connected to the rest of the country, it recently got a service boost (and will likely see an associated increase in competition) when Delta kicked off four new daily flights between Portland and Los Angeles earlier this month.

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