One of the most beautiful times of the year to take a trip is in the fall. In the areas that experience all four seasons, fall is often a welcomed occurrence, especially with the higher temperatures as of late. For travelers, the fall season is the perfect time to get out there and be extra outdoorsy plus save a few bucks in the off-season. So whether you are looking to appreciate the changing of the leaves, kick back with a crisp glass of wine next to a bonfire, or simply enjoy some outdoor activities/adventures in cooler weather, you definitely have some great options in the US. To ensure you plan an incredible vacation, here are ten of the best places to travel this fall, depending on your interests.
10 Asheville, North Carolina
For wanderers looking for a stunning fall backdrop around every corner, then Asheville, North Carolina, is the destination for you. Here in this quaint mountain town, visitors can enjoy delicious seasonal foods, local beers, a vibrant art scene, history, a southern take on the season, and ample adventures (everything from whitewater rafting to hiking and biking). During this time of year, Asheville’s scenery is absolutely breathtaking, so come marvel at all the fall foliage and gorgeous mountain views. Overall, no matter what your interests may be this fall, Asheville has something for everyone.
9 Bennington, Vermont
A hidden gem that many travelers overlook is Bennington, Vermont. This small town is brimming with fall foliage and the rolling hills of the Green Mountains. When visiting, fall lovers and adventurers can enjoy the crisp autumn weather and endless events/activities. Visitors can also stop by the Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop or Terry’s Orchard for some amazing seasonal treats and cider mill-style fun (corn mazes, bobbing for apples, tractor rides, and more). Sound like a plan? Then make your way down to southern Vermont this year and be prepared to be blown away by this charming little town.
8 Newport, Rhode Island
There’s no denying the fact that Newport, Rhode Island, is a quintessential fall destination. This region seems to come alive during this time of year—making it the perfect relaxing getaway with cool fall weather, vibrant foliage, and autumn activities galore. Here visitors can stop by the local pumpkin patch, enjoy a ghost tour or two, and of course, hit up one of the many festivals that take place during the fall season. Notable events to check out include the Rogue Island Comedy Festival, Festa Italiana, and Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival—just to name a few.
7 Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
For fall travelers who are looking for an up-close and personal view of the changing of seasons, then a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is in order. This expansive nature park spans Tennessee and North Carolina, so there’s no shortage of trails, forest land, waterfalls, or outdoor activities. This is an excellent option for hikers, cyclists, and people who enjoy fishing. Nature lovers can also enjoy super scenic drives to Cades Cove or along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
6 Black Hills, South Dakota
Yet another picturesque fall destination is Black Hills, South Dakota. In mid-autumn, the weather is absolutely perfect, and the forested landscape is a mix of brilliant golden and amber hues. Travelers can marvel at this gorgeous scenery, visit Mount Rushmore, or possibly spend some time at Custer State Park on the Needles Highway. As a bonus, there is an abundance of wildlife to see here, especially if you happen to check out the Wildlife Loop. So be on the lookout for wild bison, sheep, mountain goats, elk, and more.
5 Savannah, Georgia
What’s fall without a few scares and some haunted history? Well, not only is Savannah, Georgia, considered one of the most haunted places in the US, but its residents also take October seriously. So expect to see fancy mansions with pumpkin-lined entrances and well-maintained fall foliage adding a pop of color over the gates of these homes’ private gardens. In addition to getting your fill of picturesque fall décor, you can hop on the haunted trolley, stop by the Historic District, and check out the plethora of things (Halloween focus and regular) to do in Savannah.
4 Napa Valley, California
Wine lovers already know one of the best fall getaway spots is none other than the gorgeous wine region of Napa Valley. Visitors can relax while sipping the latest vintage paired with incredible eats in a beautiful setting with a mix of lush green, yellow, red, and orange vineyards. Sample the full-bodied reds that Napa is known for next to a roaring fireplace or fire-pit, stay in St. Helena for a small town autumn vibe, or simply explore the wine trail in all its glory. Whatever you decide to do here, one thing is certain, wonderful autumn days amongst the leaves await you.
3 Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania
Hikers and autumn enthusiasts should definitely take a trip out to Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania. Not only is this the prime destination for a scenic autumn hike complete with eight waterfalls, but there are also several other incredible parks and hiking trails nearby. At Bushkill Falls, the hiking level is moderate, but overall its trails are pretty easy to navigate. It is also highly recommended that you make your way out to The Poconos for yet another great little fall outing to see the foliage during October and early November, which, simply put, is awe-inspiring.
2 Crested Butte, Colorado
For most travelers, the Colorado destinations of choice are often either Denver or Aspen. But another must-see mountain town in the one-of-a-kind state is Crested Butte. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this is a less crowded and more affordable alternative to the other major cities in Colorado. Visitors can enjoy stunning autumn views, ample hiking, mountain biking, fishing in the Taylor River, and more. So if this sounds like your cup of tea, then this perpetual fall paradise is definitely for you.
1 Adirondacks, New York
Last but not least, the largest US natural wilderness region on the eastern coast, also known as The Adirondack Mountains, is the ideal spot for an autumn retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here visitors can appreciate the stunning array of autumn foliage, trek the 170-mile Olympic Trail, or set sail on Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain. Of course, adventure-seekers can also enjoy this area via hiking, biking, or on an air balloon ride. As an added bonus, the fun-filled three-day Lake George Oktoberfest is held in the Adirondacks in early October, so stop by if you happen to be in town.