Rooms at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa are available for as low as $89 per night.
September and even October may indeed be the perfect times to visit San Diego: the summer crowds have left just in time for what is often actually the warmest weather of the year. That makes it all the more enticing to take a dip in the ocean or try a surfing lesson. Bonus: lines are shorter at the family-friendly theme parks.
Rooms at the AAA Three Dimaond Outrigger Luana Waikiki Condominiums are available from $149 per night. The property is also currently running a 4th night free promotion.
Coming between summer and the snowbird season, the autumn lull offers some of the best deals of the year—a huge factor in this sometimes pricey destination. Another big draw: it's humpback whale season, when the mammals migrate from Alaska to the islands to mate and give birth. (And why not? Honolulu is also the No. 1 city for romance and No. 2 for families.)
The AAA Three Diamond Best Western Plus Inn of Santa Fe has rooms available from $72 per night. Stay three or more nights and save 20 percent.
In the No. 1 town for both cultural vacations and peace and quiet, autumn is a well-crafted feast for the senses. You'll know that it's green chile harvest season by the roasting smell that permeates the air. Hikers, meanwhile, love the foliage-lined Aspen Vista trail, about 14 miles from downtown. If you don't want to venture that far, you can poke around the highly ranked art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques.
The AAA Three Diamond Hyatt Place Opryland has rooms available from $125 per night.
Music City lives up to its nickname particularly well in fall, when the city hosts a variety of music festivals devoted to folk, bluegrass, Americana, or progressive music. Voters were also charmed by the friendly locals and the cool vintage and antique shops. Nothing says welcome like a great deal too: voters crowned Nashville as the No. 1 city for affordable vacations.
The Courtyard Washington D.C., US Capitol, a AAA Three Diamond property, has rooms available from $169 per night.
All the politicos are back in town after summer recess—but better yet, the throngs of tourists have subsided. This time of year, you can get a closer view of everything at the Smithsonian and the other top-ranked museums and monuments, while being spared that oppressive summer heat. After working up an appetite, dine at the city's restaurants around trendy U Street or its many ethnic-food joints.
For help planning your fall break vacation, contact your AAA Travel Professional toll-free at 1-877-870-9408 or visit your local AAA office . Or, visit AAA.com/travel .