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12 Hidden Travel Gems That Are Way Cheaper in the Fall

Summer seems to get all of the vacation glory, and also all the big crowds and high prices. Wiggle your vacation out a month or two, though, and you'll discover a new world of delightful destinations waiting to be discovered.

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Bend, Oregon

Although Portland draws the crowds, Central Oregon is where to find the state's hidden-gem town of Bend, a regional cultural center on the doorstep of the gorgeous Cascade Lakes. Fall is a fantastic time of year to visit with relatively mild and dry weather through October and often into November and plenty of affordable fall specials at local hotels including Huntington Lodge at Pronghorn just outside of Bend and the funky and fun The Oxford and Old St. Francis School Hotel - McMenamins right in the heart of town.

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Galapagos

You don't just have to stay in the United States to enjoy hidden travel gems for a great price in the fall. Here's one bucket list tick you can make: The Galapagos Islands have a lot to offer during the fall. There are fewer crowds, less noise, and greater opportunities to see wildlife. And the natural wonders here are magical in the fall: Whales and dolphins cross over to Fernandina Island almost guaranteeing a spotting or two; sea lion pups are more developed and likely to play; giant Galapagos tortoises lay their eggs along popular hiking trails; and sea penguins and blue-footed boobies are at their most active. Snorkelers are also in luck as the Humboldt Current is strong, meaning more active marine life due to an abundance of nutrients in the water. See it all with Quasar Expeditions, which offers a 15 percent savings deal and $500 off sailings from September through December. Guests of Quasar's M/V Evolution also receive a free stay in either Quito or Guayaquil before their trip. Here are more bucket list trips that won't break the bank.

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