Travel restrictions and guidelines are changing slightly across the world, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, some states in the US have reopened to the US citizens only. We listed a few inspirational trip ideas for you to plan ahead your next trip near home. Crisp, cool weather and brightly colored foliage make fall the perfect time to travel. Whether you head to the mountains to spot the changing leaves or flock to sunny shores to soak up a few more days on the beach before winter sets in, we’ve rounded up the best fall vacations for travelers. Cooler temperatures and fewer tourists make destinations like New York City and Maui ideal for fall getaways, and outdoor adventures await near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Flagstaff, Arizona, where you’ll be just a short drive from some of the countries best national parks.
Asheville, North Carolina
Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has everything you could want in a fall getaway. The quaint downtown area is filled with unique shops, galleries, breweries, and restaurants, and you’re almost guaranteed to see some local street performers as you wander around. Go for a hike in nearby Pisgah National Forest to spot beautiful waterfalls among the changing leaves, or take a scenic drive through part of the park to take in the beauty without working up a sweat. The Biltmore Estate is another popular Asheville attraction worth visiting; this Gilded Age mansion is the largest privately-owned house in the U.S., complete with gardens and a winery.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Located near some of the country’s best national parks and most popular ski areas, Jackson Hole is a great place to visit year-round, but fall is ideal if you want to avoid some of the crowds and see the colorful mountain foliage and the beautiful scenery it offers. The ski season typically starts at the end of November, so time your trip for early fall to enjoy milder weather without the summer season visitors. A short drive to both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is truly a gateway to autumnal outdoor adventure, also lookout for a very unique wildlife in these parks. Take a scenic drive (and watch out for moose and bears), go for a hike, or visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art. For a luxurious stay during your outdoorsy fall getaway, check out the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
New York City, New York
Fall Foliage season is the perfect time to visit New York City’s parks. Although some popular attractions won’t be reopening for a while longer due to the pandemic. Broadway is currently shut down until 2021, well… there’s still plenty to see and do in New York City. Shopping and dining venues are open across the city, and some museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art — are slated to reopen at the end of August. Let us help you pick a hotel located along the central park which offers park views, so you can enjoy the canopy of changing leaves from the comfort of your room. Of course, you’ll want to grab some coffee and stroll through the iconic park to soak in the skyline views amid colorful trees.
If you want to escape to rolling hills of stunning fall foliage, head to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. There are several charming towns to choose from, including Lenox, Stockbridge, and Pittsfield, and at this time of year, you can drive from town to town while enjoying views of the colorful changing leaves. Blantyre, a Relais & Châteaux resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, was built in 1902 as a Tudor-style mansion and estate; today, it offers luxury accommodations for guests looking for a perfect fall getaway.
The best time to visit California’s wine country is with no doubt but to be the Fall Foliage season. Enjoy the stunning California Fall colors covered in beautiful red, orange, and yellow foliage at this time of the year. Wine lovers? Why not embark on a tour around the region’s vineyards and wineries, where you learn more about the wines and ride on the open-air Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, and end it with a wine tasting. Take a break on from the wineries and go for an easy hike on the bodega Head Trail for sweeping ocean and bay views, and be sure to grab some fresh seafood for lunch. Nearby Farmhouse Inn offers guests a luxurious stay in wine country, complete with sommelier-led wine tours and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Flagstaff is one of the best places in Arizona to experience brilliant fall leaf colors. The cool, crisp, mountain air, sunny skies, forested meadows, and aspen groves make fall leaf-peeping a favorite seasonal activity for visitors and locals alike. Since there are limited places in Arizona for people to experience this magical time of the year than many other parts of the country, many of the best places to see fall leaves in Flagstaff can get quite busy. Flagstaff typically starts seeing leaves change color at the end of September and throughout October. The peak leaf-peeping time varies depending on elevation, temperature, and moisture received throughout the year. You’ll still be able to catch fall leaves in November the more south you travel, such as in Oak Creek Canyon on the way to Sedona from Flagstaff. Flagstaff is a nature lover’s dream in early fall. This Arizona city is surrounded by national forests, monuments, and parks, so there’s plenty to see and explore at this time of year. Grand Canyon National Park is just an hour and a half away, so you can easily take a day trip to this incredible national park and enjoy milder weather and fewer crowds compared to the summer months. If you visit in September or early October, you can go glamping at nearby Under Canvas Grand Canyon, which is open until Oct. 26.
It won’t be long before the leaves in Vermont will start their annual display of beautiful color. The best time to see the fall foliage in Vermont is typically around mid-September to late October, but sometimes you can start to see isolated trees with a little color change as early as mid- to late-August. Burlington, Vermont is covered in red, orange, and yellow hues as the leaves change every autumn, making it one of the best fall vacation destinations in the U.S. Spend a day picking your own apples at one of the many nearby orchards, visit a pumpkin patch, or take a scenic drive to check out the beautiful foliage. After a day spent exploring, enjoy a local beer or two at one of the craft breweries in town. Hotel Vermont offers charming accommodations in the heart of the city, near the Lake Champlain waterfront.
In the fall, Colorado is transformed into a natural arena of shimmering colors, with the state’s signature gold Aspen trees serving as the main act. You might think of Telluride as a winter ski destination, but this Colorado town is beautiful all year round. Early fall is ideal if you’re looking for colorful foliage in a breathtaking mountain setting. Visit in September or early October to take full advantage of the season’s offerings. Go for a hike or bike ride, or take in 360-degree views of the mountains and valley from the gondola, which runs until the end of the summer season on Oct. 18, before pausing until the winter season begins. You could also opt to visit in early December to enjoy the first days of the ski season (which typically starts around Thanksgiving Day). The Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection is a perfect basecamp for all your outdoor activities, with ski-in, ski-out access, and close proximity to hiking trails.