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    >>> this morning on today's travel fall getaways at great prices. if you think a tropical paradise or rocky mountain resort is out of reach think again. " travel & leisure" has put together great fall travel deals at some of the top destinations. the magazine's features editor joins us. times are tough for a lot of folks but there is evidence people are still getting out there, traveling still and finding some good deals now.

    >> we are thrilled to see a new survey shows that more americans, 86% in fact, are going to be traveling this fall for leisure than they did last year at this time. we are definitely seeing an interest in the connections and the experiences that travel brings. in fact, " travel & leisure" this weekend in new york is hosting our first ever global bazaar. and that is going to be an event that we've seen incredible feedback from. people are very interested. we are bringing 35 countries to new york .

    >> here.

    >> to the park avenue armory . and the tickets are almost sold out but you can go to tl global bazaar to get tickets and find out more information.

    >> all right. so you can get a little travel right here in new york . meanwhile let's talk about deals that you found starting off with the property that you loved. you talked about it before in jamaica. and it is the rock house hotel.

    >> the rock house is doing something that i almost think is too good to be true but i've spoken to them and they've said it's officially true. they're offering four nights of this beautiful hotel on the cliffs in negril including champagne welcome, entire bottle, and a couples' massage for under $400. so literally for $94 a night you can stay at one of my favorite hotels in the world and actually one of tnl readers' favorite hotels in the world.

    >> a piece of paradise. here on the east coast a place i've checked out on nantucket island . nantucket is beautiful during the summer. always hard to get a room there.

    >> indian summer is the time to go because the weather is still warm but the prices are low. about a hundred dollars less to stay here now. $125 and they're throwing in another $50 coupon for massages. we all need those.

    >> exactly. looks great. okay. next, always a nice time of year to go to hawaii. you found a great property there as well with a good deal.

    >> indeed. staying at the four seasons for under $200 is often something that seems impossible.

    >> right.

    >> staying at one of the top five resorts in all of hawaii seems like it would make it even more impossible. but the 4 seasons lodge, you can actually stay for 197 a night and this deal is going to be good through the rest of -- through november.

    >> that's amazing. a four seasons deal.

    >>> next we're going to the rivera maya in mexico. there you found another incredible bargain price trip.

    >> it's so accessible from so many different hubs. you fly into cancun, you go 50 minutes to the to the fairmont property there. it is an absolutely gorgeous property, five swimming pools, they have lots and lots of beautiful white sand beaches which is what everyone is looking for about now when they're feeling a little like they miss summer.

    >> right.

    >> and they're doing a great deal because it is " travel & leisure's" 40th anniversary, doing a special fall escape package and it's 30% off their best rate. and they're throwing in $40 per person, food and drink .

    >> that looks amazing. the whole property. beautiful. okay. and then next, you know, not only a great place to go during ski season but off-season as well. don't count out colorado. you found a ritz - carlton hotel offering good deals there, too.

    >> again, i feel like the idea of having a ritz -carlton letting you tay there for $234 a night is amazing. they have a great deal. i love the rocky mountains in the fall. incredible foliage. you can be outdoors.

    >> mountain biking and hiking.

    >> after you're done with all that you can come in and stay at the ritz -carlton. they'll give you breakfast in bed as part of the deal.

    >> maybe just cool fluf enough to light the fire place at night. thanks so much. good places to check out.

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“There is nothing anywhere that smells like, looks like, feels like a New England autumn,” says marketing executive Janie Hoffman, who’s partial to Providence, R.I. “The chill that comes in as the sun goes down, that glow when the sun hits the yellow, red, and orange leaves — it’s truly heaven on Earth.”

Slideshow: America's best cities for fall travel

Foliage may inspire people to get poetic, but according to Travel + Leisure readers, there’s much more to a great fall getaway than leaf peeping. In the Best Cities for Fall category — part of the magazine's annual America’s Favorite Cities survey — only two of the top 10 cities are located in foliage-rich New England, or even above the Mason-Dixon line. Readers also voted on qualities such as farmers’ markets, neighborhood cafés, theater, live music and B&Bs. And across the fall top 20, we found plenty of cities, foliage or not, that entice visitors with good post-summer deals and balmy weather.

Which fall features made cities winners? It helps to host festivals, such as the celebrity-chef-studded Harbor Harvest Fest in Portland, Maine (No. 4), or the pepper-roasting Wine & Chile Fiesta in Santa Fe, N.M. (No. 9). Kansas City, Mo., also made the fall top 20, perhaps because of its world-class barbecue competition and its claim to be the “haunted house capital of the world,” with amusement-park-style Halloween attractions such as The Beast. Down south in Savannah, Ga., ghost-chasers start filing into town each autumn to sleep in haunted B&Bs and take thrill-raising tours.

Other travelers seek out a different kind of thrill — cheap ones — when they plan fall getaways. In Honolulu, the lull between summer vacationers and snowbirds means more elbow room on the beach, and some of the year’s best rates. It’s also humpback whale season, when the mammals migrate from Alaska to the islands to mate and give birth. In San Diego, prices dip in September and October, usually just as the weather becomes most summer-like.

But it’s not usually sun and sand that inspire folks like leaf-peeper Janie Hoffman to hit the road in autumn. According to website WeatherTrends360.com, thanks to a wet spring and despite Hurricane Irene, the nation’s best display of fall color will be, sure enough, in New England states — including Maine, whose capital city made it into the top five. Read on for all the winning cities.

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