Go Here, Not There: 6 U.S. Destinations That Rival a Trip to Europe

The collective mood seems to shift after Labor Day. Summer Fridays are forgotten, long shadows stencil the sidewalk, and our feeds are peppered with images of crockpots and reading nooks, rather than white sand beaches in Italy and Greece.

If you're not ready to nest just yet, now's the best time to book a last-minute weekend getaway. We're officially in so-called "shoulder season," when many peak summer destinations lower their rates to entice visitors, making traveling in the U.S. more affordable than ever. Where to go? There's no need for European vacation envy. Ahead, we chose six stunning stateside alternatives that rival a trip to Tuscany, Switzerland, and more. These gorgeous cities and towns prove there's simply no place like home. 

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