The mountains get a lot of hype in the fall. And for good reasons- gorgeous colors of the leaves, that crisp mountain air, hayrides, corn mazes, and small towns. But the coast can be a fun, relaxing, and not-as-crowded fall destination as well. Plus being at the beach, when it’s not 100 degrees outside is much more enjoyable. And you can probably get a discount on your accommodations. Does this sound like a trip you want to take? If so look no further than Beaufort, NC. The North Carolina city of Beaufort (there is one in SC as well) topped Fodor’s Travel’s list of the Best Seaside Cities For Fall.
Beaufort is in Carteret County and was established in 1713 making it the fourth oldest town in North Carolina. Today it is a thriving town of the Crystal Coast, centered around a marina. Beaufort is full of history including the Beaufort Historic Site and North Carolina Maritime Museum. Learn more about visiting Beaufort here. Beaufort wasn’t the only Carolina town to make the list. The other one, was in South Carolina but was not the town of the same name. That would have been too perfect. Instead, Charleston was the South Carolina city represented on this list.
Fall is a fantastic time to visit Charleston when the humidity isn’t quite as bad. Of course, if you’re visiting any seaside city in the fall you have to keep an eye on the weather and the potential for hurricanes! If you’re looking for a slightly farther away trip some other of my favorite cities also made this list. These include Newport Rhode Island, Carmel By The Sea, California, and Montauk, New York. Whether you choose to visit the mountains of the coast this fall, I hope you have the time and means to enjoy some sort of vacation! View the full Fodors list here.