Ohio fall foliage to peak late, travel deals abound

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – With turning leaves, cooling temperatures, and dropping prices, the fall season may be the best kept secret for travel.

Orbitz.com senior editor Jeanenne Tornatore says that travelers seeking out fall color can get some great deals without venturing far from home.

“Gas prices are great right now, so you can still take a really easy fall drive getaway. The great thing about fall is there are so many regions of the country that have fall celebrations and beautiful fall colors,” Tornatore said.

But if you’re not ready to give up on summer just yet, Tornatore says take to the high seas for a budget-friendly tropical getaway. Cruises can be booked last-minute and saving can be up to 60 percent. Even trips abroad this time of year can save travelers money.

“If you’ve had Europe on your bucket list, this is the year to plan and take that European vacation in the fall. Airfare prices are coming down and the dollar is still very strong against many of the European currencies, including the euro, “Tornatore said.

She also advises booking trips in packages, combining airfare with hotels or car rentals will save you money during the off-season.

And if you’re packing your bags to see the fall foliage, Tornatore says to look for resources online that detail when each region will see peak fall colors to help you maximize your fall travel experience.

Forecasters predict fall foliage in Northeast Ohio to peak a little later this season. Projected peak will be mid-October for Northern Ohio instead of early October, late October for central Ohio and early November for southern Ohio.

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