Partially edited from Travel + Leisure
Fall Foliage Ideas
September 4, 2020
This is a list of fall foliage ideas made to inspire those traveling around the United States at this golden time of year. The crisp air and landscapes peppered with florescent foliage, make the dreamy season a truly special time to go on an adventure. Whether you are traversing a mountain or frolicking on a beach, soaking up the last majestic rays of sunshine before winter sets in is imperative! Cooler temperatures coupled with fewer tourists make destinations like Maui, New York City, Jackson Hole, and Arizona ideal for fall vacations. From epic outdoor activities to some of the countries best national parks, everyone will be entertained by these Fall Foliage Ideas!
, the city of Ashville boasts an array of pursuits. The downtown area offers unique galleries, breweries, eateries, and shops. The atmosphere as you meander through the streets is electrified by the local performers! Envisage majestic waterfalls nestled in the nearby Pisgah National Forest as you hike amid the changing leaves. Gain inspiration as you wander through the Gilded Age mansion at the Biltmore Estate and end your visit with a glass of wine in the regal gardens.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, an amazing destination year-round, is close to some of the country’s best national parks as well as renowned ski areas. While visiting in fall, you can expect a brilliantly colored mountain, coupled with fewer tourists. Take a short and scenic drive to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks where you could spot moose and bears. Go for a hike amid the autumnal beauty, or pique your interest at the National Museum of Wildlife.
New York City, New York
Autumn is an idyllic time to visit New York City and its parks. There is also an abundance of exciting activities, like shopping, dining and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Book a hotel located along the most beautiful parts of Central Park and watch the canopy of leaves change from the comfort of your bed. Grab some coffee, take a stroll and admire the colorful trees inbetween the skyline.
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The Berkshires in western Massachusetts is a stunning escape where you will encounter rolling hills adorned with fall foliage as far as the eye can see. The list of charming towns to choose from include, Lenox, Stockbridge and Pittsfield. A special time of year, watching the overgrowth change to amber. The array of iconic mansions offering luxury accommodation also makes the region perfect for a fall getaway.
If you enjoy hiking and wine tasting, fall is the best time to do so in California, Sanoma. Take a tour around the superb vineyards and wineries. Ride on the open-air Sonoma Valley Wine Trolly and end the day with a regal wine tasting. Hike the Bodega Head Trail and bask in the sweeping ocean views. Enjoy a seafood lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant and stay in an impeccable guest house in prime wine country.
Flagstaff, Arizona is yet another brilliant place to experience the colorful wonders of fall. Feel the crisp mountain air complete with sunny skies, as you meander through the aspen groves. The leaves typically start to change color in September and remain autumnal until October, depending on elevation, moisture and temperature. Flagstaff is a fall lover’s dream that is surrounded by national forests that transform into explosions of color. With a variety of monuments and parks, there is always an adventure to be had. The Grand Canyon National Park is also a short distance away, where you can glamp under the stars.
The leaves in Vermont boast an annual display of beautiful color, including hues of yellow, red and orange. Renowned for fall getaways, you can spend the day picking juicy apples in an orchard, visiting a pumpkin patch, or soaking in the fall foliage on a scenic drive. End the day with a beer at one of the local craft breweries and delight in a restorative stay at a charming villa on the waterfront.
Last, but most certainly not least on the list, is Colorado, boasting a natural arena of shimmering colors. Gaze up in awe at the signature gold Aspen trees and marvel at the notion that early fall in the breathtaking mountain setting is ideal. Go for a bike ride, hike, or take full advantage of the 360-degree views of the valley from the gondola. Opt to visit in early December and enjoy the first few days of the ski season.
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