Autumn is a season for change. Kids head back to school, beach bums mourn the end of summer, and we all hunker down to prepare for the winter to come. Beginning your hibernation too early, though, means missing out on one of the best shows of the year: the turning of the leaves across the country. Whether you’re in need of a serious vacation or a quick weekend road trip, check out our favorite destinations for viewing fall colors from coast to coast:
The Northeastern United States have developed a reputation for being one of the most stunning places to take in the fall colors. A drive through the region offers breathtaking vistas, vibrant colors, and crisp coastal air. For postcard-worthy panoramas, stay in a vacation rental surrounded by the popular White Mountains in New Hampshire or the Green Mountains in Vermont. Maine’s Acadia National Park and Pennsylvania’s Poconos complete the quintessential New England Autumn experience.
The Northwest offers beautiful vistas and unmatched scenic byways for taking in the fall foliage colors. Visit Mt. Hood in Oregon or the Cascade Mountains in Washington for a burst of color backdropped by white snow blanketed peaks — a view unlike any other in the area.
Northern California, Oregon and Washington are also known for some of the best wines in the country and fall just so happens to be their shining moment. Known as “Crush Season” in these parts, August through October is the time when wine grapes ripen, ready to be plucked from their vines and crushed to make that tasty libation. If you consider yourself a wine aficionado or even if you just like to indulge occasionally, plan a winery tour during this time to partake in the festivities.
Though many travelers head north each fall, we can’t neglect the south, which also produces a beautiful show each autumn. Down south, the leaves change later in the season, making for an ideal late-fall vacation and a relaxing getaway before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Among the most colorful spots are the Appalachian Range and the Great Smoky Mountains, with some of the most beautiful states to visit being the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Come autumn, the Rocky Mountains put on a display unlike any other. The famous Aspen trees that blanket much of Colorado’s landscape turn a vibrant shade of yellow. Visit popular Summit County destinations like Vail, Keystone, or
Breckenridge; head up to Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, or take a drive to Aspen, which was named for its abundance of these colorful trees.
Want to get out and enjoy the Fall colors? Check out our vacation rentals around the U.S. to find the perfect autumn getaway!