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Uncork Fall’s Best Urban Adventures

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Uncork Fall’s Best Urban Adventures
Fall is one of the greatest times to embrace a spontaneous adventure. Whether you’re inspired to seek out a beach town in the uncrowded off-season, stroll leafy neighborhoods, or set out on a day trip, nothing beats experiencing the season with good friends and good wine. That’s where Bota Box comes in. It’s the perfect wine to bring along wherever you may go. It’s available in six distinct varieties and comes in an easily portable 3-liter box, which holds the equivalent of four wine bottles. Get inspired for your next adventure with our top 10 U.S. destinations for fall, along with the wine pairing picks for drinking it all in.
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Red Rocks Park. Photo by Flickr/Michael Kirsh
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    Denver is well known for outdoor mountain sports, including plenty to do before ski and snowboard season starts. Take advantage of the crisp, cool autumn months to immerse yourself in the region’s glorious natural scenery. Try a rock-climbing excursion at Red Rocks Park, or grab a kayak and hit up Sloan’s Lake. Admire fall foliage at the Denver Botanic Gardens, or take in the stars splattered across the clear Colorado sky during an outdoor concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Nighthawk Black Red Blend.
    Red Rocks Park. Photo by Flickr/Michael Kirsh
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    San Diego
    There are so many ways to create a perfect fall day in San Diego. To explore California’s picturesque coastal city by water, rent a speed boat to cruise through San Diego Harbor or kayak through sea cliffs and caves in La Jolla. Get a dose of culture at dozens of museums and art galleries, or get in touch with your wild side at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Cap off your evening by watching the sun go down over the Pacific at beautiful Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Pinot Grigio.
    Photo by iStock
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    Soak up fall colors at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a tranquil urban oasis that hosts an annual Pumpkin Village full of creative displays. Catch a Cowboys game at the stadium, or watch all the action uptown at one of the many sports bars and live music venues. And don’t miss that famous Texas-style BBQ: join locals for a backyard barbecue or sample the city’s best on a downtown food crawl. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Chardonnay.
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    New York City
    Fall is the ideal time to visit the Big Apple. The mild temperatures are perfect for taking in both classic sights and low-key local finds. Exploring one of New York City’s most beloved top attractions, Central Park, by bike can be a blast (rentals are readily available). And strolling through Flatiron’s Madison Square Park is a lovely way to spend an autumn afternoon—check out the big dog park and vibrant food truck scene. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Central Park. Photo by Flickr/Paul Stein
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    The Pacific Northwest’s seafood bounty is at its best in autumn, making it a deeply satisfying time to visit Seattle. Reel in the fun during a guided fishing charter for King salmon in the Puget Sound, and cook your fresh catch over a campfire at nearby Alki Beach Park. Oyster fan? Practice your shucking skills with local friends at a backyard oyster bash, or belly up to the city’s best oyster bars and leave the work to the pros. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Sauvignon Blanc.
    Photo by Unsplash/Sweet Ice Cream Photography
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    Autumn is arguably the best time of year to visit Music City. The comfortable weather is perfect for enjoying Nashville’s outdoor seasonal activities and many music and culinary festivals. Grab a group of friends for a food-and-wine-filled tailgate before a Tennessee Titans game, or bop around to the best live music venues on a Broadway bar crawl. Peep local wildlife during a scenic hike to Radnor Lake, or saddle up for a delightful guided horseback ride at Juro Stables. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Malbec.
    Photo by iStock
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    The Windy City’s autumn offerings will blow you away. Once you check out top attractions, like Millennium Park, the Art Institute, or a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, explore the city like a local. From cooking s’mores over a fire pit at Promontory Point beach to cooking up laughs during a fireside game night back at your rental apartment downtown, Chicago offers endless opportunities for laid-back good times. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Redvolution.
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    Charm City lives up to its name in fall. For a taste of Baltimore’s local flavor, stroll through one of the many seasonal markets, neighborhoods like Fell’s Point, or stop at pick-your-own farms to scoop up fresh produce. Get wild at a Baltimore Ravens football game, at the Maryland Zoo in historic Druid Hill Park (don’t miss the new Southern White Rhino), or on an exciting whitewater rafting excursion at Gunpowder Falls State Park. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Nighthawk Black Cabernet.
    Fell’s Point. Photo by Flickr/Anthony G. Reyes
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    Tampa / St. Petersburg
    Tampa is one of the country’s top year-round destinations and mild fall temperatures invite plenty of fun in the sun. The Tampa Bay-St. Pete area is a water sports lover’s paradise—try skimboarding at bustling Clearwater Beach, enjoy the view from above while parasailing off Treasure Island, or rent a jet ski and cruise your way through the bay. When the sun starts to set, chill out with friends during a rooftop hotel pool party downtown. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Dry Rosé.
    Photo by Flickr/Carol VanHook
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    Madison, WI
    The arrival of autumn brings crisp air, colorful foliage, and a cornucopia of things to do in Madison. The magnificent surrounding area boasts plenty of scenic roads to enjoy Mother Nature during a relaxing drive, or you can explore all the sights on one of the city’s many bike trails. While in America’s great dairyland, you can’t miss sampling the region’s award-winning cheeses and other culinary delights along the Great Wisconsin Cheese Trail. Ideal Bota Box pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Tenney Park Bridge. Photo by iStock