One of the best things about fall, besides being able to lounge in cozy hoodies and sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes, is witnessing the leaves transition from its summer green hue to stunning foliage colors. The U.S. has some of the best places to watch the leaves change into a unified sea of bright golds, oranges and reds. Below, we’ve gathered the best 10 spots for the ultimate fall trip.
All the way from the rocky coastline of Maine to the diverse landscape of Colorado, scroll down below and discover what other states made our list.
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Bar Harbor, Maine
Located along Maine’s Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park – home to mother nature’s beautiful mountains and cliffs. Enjoy the day kayaking behind the park’s gorgeous backdrop, or go bird and whale watching.
Aspen’s leaves are known to transition into the richest yellow hues in the country, especially when the sunlight hits. Beautiful gold tones appear and contrast with evergreens and craggy mountain peaks.
Yosemite National Park, California
For those residing in the West Coast, if you can’t find the time to make it all the way up to the Northeastern side of the country, Yosemite National Park certainly won’t disappoint. Indulge in the crisp breeze and witness all the different fall colors come together from every corner of the magestic park.
Dubbed as “Fall’s Color Capital,” Stowe, Vermont’s oaks, alders and basswood turn into vibrant reds and golds. Other than its foliage, be sure to take a scenic drive down the Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road and plan a hike with your friends while you’re in town.
Catskill Mountains, New York
Home to six major river systems, 35 mountain peaks and the famed Woodstock festival, Catskill Mountains is the perfect fall foliage destination. Get ready to celebrate four weekends of live entertainment, amazing food and German cultural activities.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Nestled between Washington and Oregon, Columbia River Gorge features 50 stunning waterfalls. During the fall season, this place is the perfect spot to drive or bike around while being surrounded by a symphony of red, orange and yellow hues.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Known for having the largest forest system in eastern U.S., the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is surrounded by around four million acres of trees like ash, aspen, beech, birch, maple, oak, sycamore and tamarack. You certainly won’t run out of spots to take photos of for your Instagram.
Adirondacks, New York
Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York is home to some of the best craft beer tours in the state. Indulge in some handcrafted spirits and brews while enjoying the scenic view of the park.
Along with its gorgeous fall foliage, the Berkshire offers an interesting art and cultural scene. If you’re into antiques, the town has some of the best stores to shop from during your stay.
Telluride, Colorado’s forests of aspens are probably one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever visit. The slightest, unexpected breeze can make it seem as if the trees are rippling with golden light while the leaves flutter and twist.