In what will feel like the blink of an eye, the leaves are about to change to a dazzling heap of reds, yellows, and oranges. Then, a quick flash-forward later, winter (with its frigid temps and cozy layers) will be upon us. It's not that far away, and you need to plan ahead. Namely, for that holiday vacation you probably haven't booked yet — but should. Claim your time off now, because we've lined up 15 incredible trips — from a world-class ski spot to a relaxing ocean town — that make staycationing a non-starter.
Ahead, we're highlighting cities and towns from New York to California. These trips feature a range of coastal treasures, arts and culture, culinary delights, hidden-gem boutiques, beautiful hiking and skiing trails, and more. With lodging that covers hip hotels, venerable institutions, quaint inns, and well-designed budget picks, we've found an excellent abode for every type of traveler. And, since there's not a cent of international airfare included, you can totally make this happen on the cheap — if you plan ahead.