Every fall brings beautiful colors, cooler temperatures and the opportunity to explore. While summer tends to hog the love–and our vacation days–the fall is the perfect time to get away for a few days and enjoy a new locale. It may not be beach weather, but there are endless ways to spend your days relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors throughout the South.

Here’s where to go–and what to do when you get there:

Arkansas
Blanchard Springs

The beautiful Blanchard Springs are best known for their cavern tours–and it’s easy to see why. Every year, visitors from across the country flock to this forested area to take in over a mile of breathtaking views courtesy of four distinct, themed tours. But Blanchard is also so much more. After your tour, explore the Ozark National Forest that surrounds the area, offering hours of hiking and biking. You can even camp out at the Blanchard Springs Campground, spending the night stargazing, and spending the days watching the leaves change alongside your whole family.

Missouri
Rolla

If it’s hiking, biking or exploring you seek, roll on over to Rolla this fall. The Ozark Rivers and Mark Twain National Forest are picture perfect for all fall adventures, and if you’re up for it, you and your crew can cliff dive at Fugitive Beach.

Hermann

On the other hand, a trip to the city of Hermann, Missouri is perfect pairing for any outdoor adventure–emphasis on “pairing.” This area is renowned for its wineries, vineyards and wine trails–all of which are nestled in between mountain ranges and colorful countryside. The Stone Hill Winery, Hermann Wine Trail and Hermannhof Winery–to name a few–will wet your whistle and go well with any weekend or full-week getaway you plan.

Oklahoma
Broken Bow

Birding, biking, hiking and exploring are all on the menu all season long in this forest-filled Oklahoma enclave of nature and beauty. Located near the Arkansas border, Broken Bow is a gateway to popular Beavers Bend State Park: home to picturesque pine forest trails and fantastic fishing destinations. When you spend your fall in Broken Bow, you’re a stone’s throw away from some of the most breathtaking parks you’ll ever explore. In short, it’s a premier destination for all outdoor activities this fall.

Texas
Barton Springs

Nestled in the heart of the state’s capitol, Barton Springs is a family favorite for all things outdoors. The rivers are kid- and dog-friendly, with enough room to spread out a picnic lunch and lounge the day away while basking in sublime fall weather. Zilker Park is within shouting distance, as are endless amounts of fine local dining options. Plus, you and your plus-one can set sail in a cozy canoe and take fantastic photos against the beautiful backdrop of downtown Austin. What more could you want from a fall weekend in the South?

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