Fall here means brisk walks and crunching on fallen leaves with a hot apple cider in hand. What’s not to love about that? But it also happens to be one of the best times of the year to nab a cheap flight out of town. Here, five ideas for a seasonal getaway—all with direct flights under $220 and within four hours of San Francisco.

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SEATTLE (2 HOURS FROM SFO)

Hurry up to Seattle before the cold, wet winter kicks in. Last we checked, flights for late October and November travel ran about $136 round trip. If you’re up for a Halloween scare, we hear the Haunted Forest of Maple Valley (through October 29) is a super spooky.

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DENVER (2 HOURS 30 MINUTES FROM SFO)

Blue skies and puffy clouds plus fall foliage in front of the Colorado Rockies—this is what a perfect autumn day in Denver looks like. With direct flights around $137 round trip, what are you waiting for?

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PHOENIX (2 HOURS FROM SFO)

Arizona isn't all desert. Every fall, Flagstaff (just two hours from Phoenix) is awash in golden aspens. We can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween weekend. But act fast—this Southwest sale (fares around $162) ends October 27.

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CHICAGO (4 HOURS FROM SFO)

Now’s your chance for one last stroll around Lake Michigan before the waterfront fills with snow. Pack your hat, gloves and coziest sweaters and daydream of walks with apple cider in hand. You better get booking, though: This Southwest sale (fares around $188) ends October 27.

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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA (1 HOUR 30 MINUTES FROM SFO)

Thanksgiving in Palm Springs? Sold. You won’t get changing leaves—temps peak around 80 degrees this time of year—but who cares when you can be wearing shorts on Turkey Day? Get a direct flight on Virgin America for as little as $218.

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