Are you’re ready for a vacation to a destination with foreign rhythms, accents and scenery, along with luxurious resorts?
Then wait no longer, now is the time to take advantage of our country’s astounding geographic and cultural diversity by planning a fall getaway to one of its epic corners.
It’s just a short hop away and the weather is just starting to moderate. And if you haven’t gone there for two or three years, much of it will be brand new to you. Recent arrivals in the luxury resort class include a Waldorf-Astoria, which doesn’t offer any gaming but loads of refined French haute cuisine, a loose-leaf tea lounge and three pools with big-TV-starring cabanas in the heart of the Strip.
And now to New England and back in time. The isle of Nantucket transports you to its early 1800s boomtown years with its extremely well-preserved mansions and homes built by seafaring captains and crew. September and October are the perfect months to visit when the summer frenzy has subsided but the weather is still fabulous. Its harbor-facing White Elephant resort is considered one of the best in the world, offering spacious suites, steak, seafood and a world-class spa.
This final American frontier gives you access to all the extremes you could want, with the highest mountain, biggest national and state parks, glaciers and volcanoes and more. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, glacier helicopter tours and dogsled expeditions are just a few of the adventures to be had here. The Alyeska Resort near Anchorage is set on an inlet ringed by mountain peaks and glaciers, offering top-notch dining and shopping, indoor pool, wonderful spa and a scenic aerial tram.
This island is home to some of the finest beaches, calmest waters (some also great for surfing), stunning snorkeling opportunities and a lively culture and food scene, with some of the best coffee in the world. It delivers the best of the tropics with rainforests, bioluminescent bays, limestone caves, mountain hideouts and Spanish colonial downtowns. The famed Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve property, features 1,400 acres of natural beauty and unparalleled service. Known for its commitment to sustainability, the hotel features all rooms facing a private beach, and some have their own plunge pools.
Zion National Park
The soaring peaks and cliffs of this part of southern Utah has enough mountain and wilderness trails to keep explorers going for days and has drawn comparisons to Machu Picchu, Peru. The Zion Lodge is within the park and is a gateway to this hiker’s paradise, where you can stay in one of 40 historic cabins or in a spacious room with private balcony in the rebuilt lodge.