16 Great Sistercations to Take This Fall
Fall is the perfect time to grab your sister(s) and jump in the car for a little R&R road trip. Leaves are changing, there’s a crisp breeze in the air, and summer crowds have gone home for the school year. These weekend getaways are the perfect opportunity to put your feet up and catch up. Here, we've rounded up sixteen great sister vacation ideas to plan this fall.
Austin is a must-visit spot if you’re looking for a trip with personality, great food, and plenty of live music. Go shopping. Spend your day at a festival. Take a hike (or a Segway tour). The concert calendar is always full, and the bustling city is just a stone’s throw from Texas’ beautiful and serene Hill Country. Start with a city tour, and let your vacation stretch out from there. (You’ll never want to leave.) You can also catch the sunrise—as pictured—from Lady Bird Lake at Barton Springs.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Eureka Springs, AR
To get a serious dose of fall color, head to the Ozark Mountains. This tiny mountain town is home to a quirky art scene, lots of local shopping, a breathtaking landscape, and is a true retreat from hustle and bustle. Make a reservation at the Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast, only two blocks from the historic district.
Stroll down streets lined with Spanish moss-covered live oaks in this quaint bayside town during its offseason. Views of the water are never far as you peruse downtown, and un-crowded roads make for ideal biking adventures. Check into the Grand Hotel for a resort experience, where bikes come complimentary with your stay.
The Greenbrier Resort
Not only is West Virginia home to some breath-taking fall color, but you and your sisters can kick back at one of the grand dames of Southern resorts, The Greenbrier. With 55 activities on the 11,000-acre property, you may never have to leave. Should you venture out though, the nearby downtown Lewisburg is filled with art galleries and small shops for perusing.
Kansas City, MO
Book a ticket to Kansas City, and see the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Penn Valley Park. Take in a show at one of the many downtown theatres, like the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Eat at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Bar Louie or The Farmhouse, and stop into Cosentino’s Market or City Market, both of which will make you feel like a local. A Kansas City Walking Tour will show you all the sites.
Take in Kentucky’s fall color while hitting up the racetrack at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington. Races run October 6-28, when they’re held just about everyday. Stay in Lexington to explore all that the city has to offer (like bourbon tours and plenty of historic homes) or head to nearby Georgetown for small-town comfort. (Perfect for horse lovers with the Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm and the Kentucky Horse Park.)
Head west for a small-town big-time adventure. Whether you’re driving over from San Antonio, Austin, or Dallas / Ft. Worth, you’re sure to get plenty of quality sister time in the car road-tripping to this remote creative mecca. Check in at El Cosmico for seriously stepped-up “camping” under the Texas night sky, Hotel St. George for access to the newly opened outdoor oasis Bar Nadar, or Hotel Paisano for a little Hollywood history.
Hit up music city for a sistercation full of honky-tonking and shopping. There’s plenty to do in Nashville, so let us get you started with a few ideas: Prince's Hot Chicken, Nashville Farmers’ Market, Bluebird Café, Loveless Motel and Café, Imogene + Willie, Draper James, the Hermitage Hotel, and the Union Station Hotel.
Oklahoma City, OK
The Myriad Botanical Gardens are reason enough to plan a trip to OKC (don’t miss the stunning Crystal Bridge), but there are also plenty of other fun places for you and your sisters to explore, including the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, to name just a few. If you’re looking for nightlife, look no further. OKC has entertainment and live music to keep you and your fam entertained all weekend.
The Commonwealth is calling. What can you do in Richmond? What can’t you do in Richmond? It’s the perfect, low-key locale for your next sister trip. Stop by the Maymont Estate, a stunning Victorian estate (with wildlife!), and don’t miss the gorgeous Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden or the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts either. Downtown Richmond will invite you to shop ‘til you drop, so bring comfy shoes.
This historic little town is getting more and more attention this year, and for good reason. The city has always been packed to the walls with Southern charm, is extremely walk-able, and is home to an incredible culinary scene. There are a variety of accommodations from the ritzy to totally economical, and they all allow you to step out your door and start the day’s adventure--whether that’s heading to Forsyth Park or shopping along Whitaker Street.
For a thrill-filled girls’ getaway, set your sights on Valdosta, Georgia and buy tickets to Wild Adventures Theme Park. The sprawling amusement park has rides aplenty, as well as a train ride through the savanna—filled with lions and tigers, oh my! Get your fill of roller coasters and water rides (in summer, at least), and stay for a concert in the evening. (2017 headliners included The Beach Boys and Huey Lewis & The News, among many others.)