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The Best Getaways To Make It Feel Like Fall
Travel to one of these 8 locations to see the leaves change and embrace all the Autumn vibes!
Unfortunately, not every state gets to experience the most that the changing seasons have to offer. In places that are warm all year or have mild climates, the most change locals might notice is the weather becomes a bit cooler. This can be disheartening, especially if you are someone who can’t truly enjoy Fall and feel like this season has arrived until you get to see the leaves start to change. But traveling somewhere that is known for exuding charm and beauty during the Fall is a great way to boost your spirits and feel festive.
Luckily, there are plenty of locations within the United States that are beyond beautiful in the Autumn that will definitely make it feel like Fall, many of which are only an easy road trip or short plane ride away from wherever you are now. It’s definitely worth taking a weekend getaway or quick trip to sightsee and take in the colorful leaves as they begin to fall off their branches. Later in the season, taking the kids to play in the blanket of color the fallen leaves have made on the ground will be fun for the whole family! Consider taking a trip to one of these 8 locations that are considered to be some of the most beautiful places you can visit in the Fall.
Rather than being a single place, New England is a region in the Northeast corner of the United States that encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. This region is full of quaint towns that still show the influence of the original British colonies and feature backdrops of beautiful foliage. If you’re a fan of “Escape to the Country,” you may feel as if you’ve somehow stumbled onto the English countryside from one of your favorite episodes as well as an Autumn Oasis.
Since New England is the region that is essentially responsible for creating the image of what we think Fall should be, anywhere you go will likely be stunning. While we could go on and on about towns to visit within New England, we did want to at least narrow your search to some of the best places for sightseeing in the Fall. Our first recommendation would be to stop in Lenox, Massachusetts. In this vibrant town, you’ll be able to take in the scenery on the winding trails of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and explore the rural highland area known as The Berkshires. In Vermont, you absolutely have to pay a visit to the mountain town of Stowe, which is lovingly known as “Fall’s Color Capital.” In this town, you’ll be able to sightsee on your own, go on horseback rides through forests of color, and relax at the ski lodge year round. North Conway in New Hampshire is another can’t miss location in this region, as this town allows you to access the Kancamagus Highway. This highway provides 34 miles of open road that shows you beautiful foliage and majestic vistas that are particularly stunning in October. Last but not least, ocean lovers would appreciate a visit to Camden, Maine, where you can take all the Fall has to offer while staying in a coastal town.
Just like New England, you’re practically guaranteed to see something beautiful if you visit this state during the Fall. If you’ll be visiting this season, we implore you to resist the call of places like Times Square and Broadway to venture out of the city and see how beautiful the scenery of New York can be during the Fall. Consider taking a trip to the Catskill Mountains in New York, where you can take in the perfect Fall landscape while touring local cideries and breweries. In Huntington, New York, you can visit the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. Here you’ll find 27 trails to guide you as you explore 1,600 acres of changing foliage. But if you really don’t want to venture too far from city life, you’re sure to find lots of Fall beauty when you pay a visit to Brooklyn or the Staten Island Greenbelt.
Our next destination takes us to the West: Colorado, and the town of Aspen in particular, transforms into a colorful paradise during the Fall. Before the snow falls and ski season kicks into high gear, visitors can participate in lots of outdoor activities to soak up the Autumn vibes. Hiking or biking to Maroon Bells, which are the two peaks in the Elk Mountains, is supposed to be a particularly beautiful way to spend your time during the Fall. End a long day of exploring by dining al fresco at one of Aspen's scenic restaurants.
Arkansas might be the least expected location on our list, but paying this state a visit during the Fall is a huge visual treat. This is because Arkansas is home to the Ozark National Forest. The Ozark National Forest has more than 1.2 million acres of spectacular scenery that transforms into beautiful shades of gold, orange, and red during the Fall. It’s very possible to drive through this national forest as a way to spend an afternoon or as a road trip. You can also camp for free at any location within the Ozark National Forest unless you are in one of the specified campgrounds or recreation areas.
Mount Hood, which is the stratovolcano in Oregon, becomes a symphony of colors during the Fall. As the foliage changes, you’ll be surrounded by unimaginable beauty that will make for some of the best pictures you’ll probably ever take. During this time of year, the weather is perfect for bike rides or hikes that allow you to enjoy the scenery. While in town, you can also enjoy the sights at the Columbia River Gorge. This river is home to over 50 waterfalls and has been designated as the largest National Scenic Area in America.
You may not expect it from a desert, but you can encounter some of the most beautiful views during the Fall while traveling along The Enchanted Circle in New Mexico. This 525 mile loop makes for a great road trip with some stunning Autumn views. While on the road, you can also stop along the way to taste some of the best food New Mexico has to offer and visit historic and popular towns like Taos, Angel Fire, Questa, and Red River.
If you can take a road trip around Pennsylvania in late September or October, you are guaranteed to see some stunning Fall views. Route 507 will take you around Lake Wallenpaupack and The Pocono Mountains, where you will see relaxing, autumnal views. During your road trip, you will be able to participate in a variety of outdoor sports and hikes or can relax at luxury resorts.
That said, Pennsylvania as a whole knows how to celebrate the Fall season. Try to coordinate your trip to visit the Pumpkinland Festival at the Lineville Orchids where you’ll be able to taste apple cider flavored donuts, shoot the apple slingshot, and go for a classic hayride, or explore the famous Jack-O-Lantern Exhibit. Similarly, you can go apple picking and try fresh baked goods in West Chester. If your trip is in October, you may also be just in time for the nine day Autumn Leaf Festival that takes place in the town of Clarion.
Wisconsin is last but certainly not least on our list of places you should try to visit this Fall! The Wisconsin Dells is a city in Southern Wisconsin that lies on the Wisconsin River in an area with famous glacier-carved sandstone formations. During the Fall, this area is particularly peaceful as the leaves start to change color. There are plenty of chances to enjoy the stunning views, take a scenic drive, or spend a day expertly photographing the glorious foliage. During this time of year, boat tours, river walks, and sightseeing in Devil's Lake State Park are particularly popular attractions.
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