This week’s theme is the glorious season of fall. While Houston may lag a bit behind in the changing of the seasons, September and October are prime times to explore the colorful palettes of nature around the country. While it might hurt to miss that Texans game or the final sweep of summer, a long weekend in cooler climes is rarely regrettable.
Here are some cheap round-trip flight options that are currently available to get you started:
Houston to Chattanooga, from $353: While Chattanooga is a quaint and vibrant Southern town in its own right, the main draw here is the neighboring Smoky Mountains. The national park spans much of eastern Tennessee and is a fall foliage favorite. Find a cabin in the park or stay in Gatlinburg just up the road to experience the season with moderate temperatures but breathtaking views.
Houston to Calgary, from $499: Have your passport ready. This is practically a steal for a mid/late October flight to one of Canada’s most beautiful areas. Make no mistake, there will already be an Alberta chill to the air, but the surrounding glacial beauty and bustling metropolis will more than make up for it. This United-American combo requires a layover in Dallas, but the lengthy flight from there includes in-seat power and USB options; necessary amenities to charge your phone before snapping photos to document Calgary’s impressive vistas.
Houston to Portland, ME, from $302: While it may be old news to those in the northeast, Portland is still a bit of a hidden gem, especially for the fall. Pick apples, go to a county fair, dine along the harbor or take a day trip into Maine’s mountainous region for a quintessential seasonal experience.
Enjoy, and have a great fall in Houston and beyond!