If you’re one of those who have resolved not to miss the fall foliage again this year – but don‘t know where exactly to find those vivid reds, yellows, and oranges at their very best – read on! We’ve culled the “Top 10” choices of travel magazines, travel review sites, and seasoned travelers to bring you the can’t-miss destinations for spectacular fall foliage.
You may find some of these places in your state or nearby – or you may have to travel across the country to see them. Wherever you decide to go, it will surely be worth your while:
The Adirondacks, New York
What’s your pleasure? Apple picking – check. Hiking up mountains with to-die-for views – check. Browsing quaint shops all day – check. Chilling by the many scenic lakes – check. Witnessing birch, oak, and maple trees turn to gold, crimson, and orange in a grand autumn display – check! Yes, the Adirondacks has it all, making it one of the most popular fall foliage destinations for New Yorkers, New Englanders, and everyone else who appreciates beauty.
The Catskills, New York
The summer destination for many New Yorkers puts on a dazzling autumn garb that sees its best days from the latter part of September to about mid-October. Dressed in vibrant shades of red, gold, and orange, the woodsy region – brimming with a wide variety of trees – welcomes visitors to its renowned B&Bs, craft fairs, farmers’ markets, antique shops, fruit picking-friendly orchards, and a whole host of family-friendly activities. Make it a fun day trip or a relaxing weekend holiday.
Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
If you want to see breathtaking fall foliage – but want to combine it with some exciting action – don’t miss this postcard-pretty destination at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains! Plenty of trees ablaze in autumn colors, but also plenty of fun things to do. Care for a hot-balloon ride? How about a spin in a canoe down the Housatonic River? Or biking and hiking along picturesque trails? Go in mid-October – when the maples, aspens, oaks, and birches are in their full autumnal glory!
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
People flock to the Berkshires the rest of the year for its dynamic music and cultural scene. But in the Fall, visitors hightail it to this lovely area for its vivid autumn hues, scenic fall foliage-lined routes, proximity to quaint Massachusetts towns, wide range of back-to-nature outdoor activities, and opportunities to visit nearby museums. Best time to explore – the beginning of October when autumn leaves are at their grandest.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
Magnificent is the only word for America’s most-visited national park! And its fame is well-deserved. Harboring a hundred species of trees – including scarlet oaks, sweet gums, sugar maples, hickories, and red maples – the park turns every fall into a glorious tapestry of vibrant hues as the leaves turn to orange, purple, and crimson. Spend hours exploring the forests and enjoying the colors along the park’s scenic roads and trails. Peak viewing times – from early October to early November.
Washington County, Maine
Lobsters, lighthouses, and blueberries. And, yes, quiet and serenity. Just a few of the many great things Washington County offers to those seeking nature’s autumn displays, but who also want to get away from the noise and the crowds. Go early to mid-October – the best time to see the region’s trees metamorphose to an explosion of blazing yellows, reds, and burnt orange.
A relaxing spot along Lake Champlain’s coastline, Burlington, Vermont seems to have been designed for artists, food lovers, and outdoorsy folk. And with the onset of Fall, it’s also become the go-to place for fall foliage fans and harvest festival devotees. Burlington has all these offerings in spades, though it’s best to be there mid-September through mid-October to enjoy the autumn’s brilliant colors at their peak.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
It’s great to see the vivid crimsons, golds, and oranges as trees change to their autumn colors. But it’s even better to see these hues reflected on the lake waters. And at the Lake of the Ozarks, foliage viewing (at its most beautiful in mid- to late-October) is just the start of a great fall vacation. A wide range of lakeside events – including spas, fairs, and wineries – is bound to make your fall foliage trip unforgettable.
Mark your calendar. The ritzy ski resort for the rich and famous is in full fall foliage regalia from mid- to late-September. And while it can’t compete with the Northeast when it comes to the vibrancy of its autumn hues, it more than makes up for it with its golden aspen leaves, bright evergreens, the fall colors that dot the mountainsides, the purple-and-white-striated mountain peaks, and the calm and quietude that pervade the mountain town this time of year.
Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada
This area is New England with a French accent! Bordering on Vermont and Maine, this part of Quebec is famous as a summer destination, as well as a favorite place for fall foliage enthusiasts who want to view the maple leaves in all its autumn grandeur. Peak viewing is in September. Meanwhile, visitors are invited to enjoy the fall colors while walking or horseback-riding, and enjoy shopping, sightseeing, and other activities in nearby Knowlton and North Hatley.
The fall foliage. As sensational as the flavors of Green Smoke® e-cigarettes. As enjoyable as the e-cig’s rich, thick vapor volume. This autumn, enjoy both!