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Summer’s over and kids are back in school, but many people are making plans for at least one more getaway this fall, before the arrival of another busy holiday season. According to a new survey from AAA, more than one in four Americans (28 percent) expects to take a vacation this year between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

In fact, Americans say the top benefits of taking a fall trip include:

Fewer crowds and children (68 percent)

More favorable weather (63 percent)

The opportunity to find better value for the cost of their trip (55 percent)

Road trips are the preferred activity for fall travelers. Sixty-two percent of those planning a vacation intend to pack up their cars and hit the road. Thanks to milder weather, outdoor events such as fall festivals and visits to national and state parks are particularly popular with travelers this time of year. Twenty-six percent of those who are planning a fall vacation will take a trip to view fall foliage, a favorite pastime from the northeast and New England, to the beautiful Midwest scenes in northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

The majority of fall travelers will stay within the United States, with Orlando, southern California, Hawaii and New York the most popular domestic travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings. Approximately one-third of fall travelers are planning an international vacation, with European destinations including Rome and London especially popular this time of year.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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