The fall is the best time to visit California. It’s harvest season, which means grape growers are picking grapes, California farms are selling their bounties at farmers markets and restaurants are serving up some of the world’s freshest fare. It’s also the warmest time of year for most California destinations. That means while the rest of the country is getting out their sweaters and scarves, visitors to California can pack their swimsuit and be ready for a week at the beach. Plus, Spirit, Virgin America, United and Frontier airlines offer deals from Dallas to several California destinations for under $300 round trip. Check out these five cities that you can visit on a budget.
We found each of these deals using the new Hopper Flight Explorer, which has a pretty cool feature that lets users enter their origin airport(s) and then select either a city or a larger region as a destination. So, in this case, we chose California. All of the prices were valid at the time of this article, but feel free to play around with the flight explorer to discover current prices or alternative destinations.
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Spirit Airlines has several nonstop flights to San Diego this fall that range from a 5-day stay to a 10-day stay depending on how long you want to spend in the sun. An almost exactly 3-hour flight can get Dallas locals to San Diego, sipping a margarita by the beach in no time. Eat some of the area’s famous fish tacos for a true SoCal experience, and don’t forget to visit Balboa Park either. The park is the city’s one-stop shop for museums, gardens and delicious outdoor cafes.
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The flight from Dallas to Los Angeles is quite popular, with about 40 flights to the City of Angels this fall. Spirit, Virgin America and United airlines all offer nonstop flights under $260, and the variety of flights guarantee a vacation stay length that fits your schedule. With the changing season brings fun fall festivities for Los Angeles tourists. Fall fashion is just one of them, with an endless amount of new styles to check out in the city’s boutique shops. The art scene is also refreshing exhibits in art museums all over the city.
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While the rest of the country is starting to cool off in the fall, San Francisco is just heating up. Visitors will want to travel during September through November to experience what locals call their Indian Summer, with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Virgin America, Alaska and United airlines all offer nonstop flights as low as $236. A four-hour flight will get you to this tech city, where you can go dance to a DJ in the park, check out the newest type of art installation or simply grab a coffee in the city’s historic North Beach district.
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Frontier Airlines offers one-stop flights to Dallas locals looking to visit this quaint city in SoCal wine country. Tickets this fall are as low as $273 and will get travelers to Santa Barbara in under six hours. Harvest season really shines in this part of the state, with wineries that are busy harvesting grapes, and local farmers offering a delicious bounty for tourists to taste California-fresh ingredients. Foodies will appreciate the local restaurants’ menus filled with seasonal fare.
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For travelers looking to beat the Los Angeles hustle and bustle, flying into Orange County is a more convenient stop. United Airlines offers one-stop flights for under $300 in mid-October. This month is exciting for this beachside locale because of the blue whales migrating off the coast. Plus, the area is gearing up for Halloween with several haunted houses, parades, carnivals and pumpkin patches to check out. Knott’s Berry Farm, for instance, offers fun for the whole family with its amusement-park rides and live entertainment every day of the week.