Autumn is all about the golden yellow and orange hues filling the landscape, breathing in the crisp cool air. Fall is the best time for a little getaway before the cold weather fully hits. Many people take these little escapes as a long weekend to unwind before getting back into the hustle and bustle of city life. Most of the time these places are a hit in the summer, but they are also enjoyable in the fall! Here are some of the most stunning fall getaways in America.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor is one of the most well known destinations for best fall foliage, with amazing autumn hues everywhere you turn. You can take in the beautiful scenery by driving through the Acadia Byway, a 40- mile stretch of vibrant fall colors and amazing coastlines. The nearby Acadia National Park also offers hiking trails and birdwatching! Leaves start to turn by September, so peak seasons start around September to October. And don’t miss the fresh seafood from Bar Harbor, it’s recommended by many of the locals!
New Hampshire’s Lakes Region
The region consists of Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, Lake Ossipee, Mirror Lake, Newfound Lake and Lake Winnisquam. Enjoy the crisp air as you canoe or kayak in the lake, it’s one of the best places to see the bright foliage.
The area is also great because it is protected from the coastal winds, meaning you can feel a nice breeze instead of harsh winds! Head to Lake Winnipesaukee if you enjoy hiking, camping, or canoeing; it’s the largest lake in the area and offers housing such as charming inns and cottages. Squam Lake is great for birdwatching, especially the common loon, bald eagles, and great blue herons, as they use the ground for nesting.
The Berkshires in Massachusetts
The Berkshires is known to be a cultural mecca in the East Coast and is popular in during the summer and the beginning of autumn. The area is a popular weekend trip for many around the area. Visit the many art museums is the town has to offer, enjoy the Renaissance artwork or the open meadows they have to offer. The local businesses are a charm of the Berkshires. Bread, doughnuts, fruits, wines, and cheeses are sold by local businesses are a hit!
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Blue Ridge Parkway is a beautiful scenic, especially in autumn. The leaves turns late September to late October. The parkway is 469 miles long and winds through Virginia to North Carolina. It’s famous for close up views of the lush landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands and rugged mountain range. There are hiking trails along the way if you would like to stop for a walk, and even exhibits if you want a change of scenery! And the best way to either start or end your trip is by attending the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival held the first two weekends of October.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley itself is already alluring itself, but adding in the autumn charm makes it all worthwhile. Wineries and vineyards are the reason why most visit Napa Valley, there’s more than 400 to choose from. Not to mention, fall is the harvest season, when grapes are picked, crushed and aged. Calistoga is a town in Napa Valley, and is well known for mud baths in their natural hot springs.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
The 80- mile gorge forms a natural border between Washington and Oregon. During the fall season, the maple leaves, Oregon ash, and cottonwood begins to change colors. Drive along the Columbia River and catch the waterfalls, and golden hues. Hiking trails are also available for miles on end! Or go kayaking in the river and feeling the crisp breeze. To see the leaves change colors, mid- September to mid- October is the peak time to go.
Aspen is truly a sight to see. The rugged mountains and the yellow and bronze hues fill the landscape. If you would like an even better view and is quite the driver, head up Independence Pass. It’s one of the highest passes in America, more than 12,000 feet above sea level. It’s as if you’re driving to the clear blue skies. But if driving isn’t your strong hand, there is a shuttle bus you can take from Aspen to Maroon Bells, a great eco-friendly alternative. A view of the mountaintops, golden leaves all reflecting off the Maroon Lake.
If you’re planning a trip, these fall getaways in America have so much to offer for everyone in the family!