The Best Fall Weekend Trips On The East Coast

As much as you might want to make big trips a regular occurrence, it's not always feasible. Whether it's an issue of not having enough money, time or you simply have too much on your plate, it's not always possible to make major trips a reality, but that doesn't mean you can't travel on the weekends. [slideshow:80601]

One of the best suggestions for satiating your appetite for travel is taking weekend trips (or long weekend trips) to nearby places. These little escapes allow you to enjoy time away without being all that far from home, maximizing relaxation while minimizing travel time and fall is one of the best seasons to travel. The weather in most of the country is temperate, summer crowds are gone and you can enjoy the fall colors at your destination.

When you're ready to pack up the car and enjoy a weekend away, check out one of these 10 incredible fall destinations. From Maine to Georgia, these are the top weekend trips on the east coast.

Portland, Maine

Maine's largest city makes for a perfect fall escape—art galleries, outdoor recreation and the magnificent waterfront win over every traveler. Add to that the charm of cobblestone streets and old Victorian mansions—you might not want to leave Portland. Luckily it's a quick trip from Boston, Providence and Albany, so you can make it back for another weekend getaway.

Savannah, Ga.

Fall is the time for ghost stories and haunted houses, so when you're ready for the real thing, there's no better place to explore than Savannah. It's been called America's most haunted city and based on the area's history it's not hard to see why. Check out one of the many ghost tours or, if you've got the nerve, wander the spooky city on your own. During the day enjoy the vibrant art and music in this historic city and don't worry about traveling for too long if you're based in Atlanta or Jacksonville—it's not a bad drive.

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