After a long, hot summer there’s something particularly refreshing about getting out of town. As the year inches to a close, getting away from school, work and the standard routine can be the perfect time to reflect on the past couple months, spend time with family or look ahead to the coming year. Whether it’s a trip to the beach when the summer crowds have dwindled or a visit to a city full of charm and seasonal activities, now is the time to plan that vacation. Browse the region’s fall travel destinations to make the most out of the season.


Alabama

Visit Mobile

While summer is in full swing and temperatures soar, set sights on Mobile, Alabama for travel plans this fall. A vibrant city marked by centuries of rich history and cultural fusion, this coastal destination beckons every type of traveler. Whether it be family vacationers, couples traveling, or girlfriends getting away, Mobile offers all of its visitors a reason to celebrate. 

Mobile’s downtown remains the energetic pulse of the city with a colorful restaurant scene, museums and art galleries, lively nightlife, unique shopping, historic tours, and much more. This fall, experience one-of-a-kind light shows, food and beverage events and spooky happenings scattered across the city. 

A genuine hub of culture, celebration and history, Mobile, Alabama serves as a multifaceted travel destination catering to the fascinations of every traveler. To learn more about Mobile and plan a unique trip this fall, visit mobile.org.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Looking to get away this fall? Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the ideal destinations for an unforgettable vacation. Here you’ll enjoy 32 miles of beaches, mouthwatering coastal cuisine and unbelievable events. 

The fall season on Alabama’s beaches is full of non-stop excitement. From food festivals to live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Grab your cowboy hats and head to the legendary Flora-Bama for Bulls on the Beach during the second weekend of September for an adrenaline-pumping rodeo. Then, bring your appetite to Gulf Shores for the 49th Annual National Shrimp Festival on October 6-9, which promises a fabulous weekend of delectable seafood, live music and artists. Unwind and listen to the sounds of the nation’s best singer-songwriters at The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival from November 3-13. 

If you’re searching for a season of fun this fall, start planning your next trip to Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Visit gulfshores.com or orangebeach.com for more information. 

Florida

Premier Island Management Group 

Fall getaways to Pensacola Beach, Florida and the properties of Premier Island Management Group provide an idyllic setting for making memories and celebrating life’s milestones. Located only a few hours outside of New Orleans, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of the Portofino Island Resort—Northwest Florida’s most well-known beach destination. Whether you’re looking for some time away from work and school or prefer to pack it all in during your stay, there’s a property here that will serve as your ideal family home away from home. 

Adventures await you around every corner—whether it’s exploring new surroundings via kayak or paddleboard trips through the sound, surfing or parasailing under amazing skies or watching dolphins frolic from the deck of the cruise boat. More than just another getaway, this will be the one your family remembers forever. Discover yours today. Call 866-935-7741 or visit premierisland.com.

Louisiana

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans

This fall, enjoy a Bourbon Street Revival at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Featuring luxury accommodations, creole favorites at Desire Oyster Bar, custom cocktails at Le Booze, authentic live music at The Jazz Playhouse and world-class fine dining at Restaurant R’evolution, The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers a total escape right in the heart of the French Quarter.

Ready to make your staycation dreams come true this fall? Book your stay today at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans for a luxury stay in the heart of the French Quarter. Make your reservation online at sonesta.com/royalneworleans or call 504-586-0300. 

Mississippi

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort 

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort continues to redefine the VIP experience. In addition to over 800 slots and 36 table games, enjoy the Orchid Room where the property has redefined the high-limit gaming experience. The space features private gaming, personal televisions, top of the line slot machines and amenities that you cannot find anywhere else on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Scarlet and E.I.P. members of the Pearl Rewards loyalty program have access to the VIP Lounge, which offers three unique upscale experiences. Sip a deliciously curated cocktail at the gravity-defying, full-service bar and tantalize your taste buds with delectable light fare cuisine and scrumptious desserts in the dining area. E.I.P. guests can take a break from the action in the plush Parlor.

Gulf Coast players can book the ultimate staycation at the Scarlet Pearl’s 300-room modern hotel. With breathtaking design, superior service, and bathrooms that feel more like a spa, they have taken the definition of luxury into the clouds. 

Book your next stay at scarletpearlcasino.com or call 888-BOOK-SPC. 

Big Bay Lake

Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available, starting at $85,000, for building custom homes and retreats and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.

 It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days and star filled nights at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!”

 Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY, or visit bigbaylake.com.

Visit Vicksburg

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. A city that harbors U.S. history at some of its most poignant turns, Vicksburg features art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling turns. Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment, and outdoor adventure.

With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. From four world-class casinos and upscale shopping, dining, and spas to some of the most fascinating historic sites, architecture, and homes in the nation, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss.

 From restaurants and shops to historical sites and museums, you’ll find destinations, events, and lodging for your next adventure at visitvicksburg.com.