One of the highlights of the fall season, if not the highlight, is the brilliant autumn foliage that North America had to offer. These destinations are so spectacular they’re well-worth planning a vacation around. I’ve always spoken of “fall” as more of a destination than a season since it’s so driven by travel to beautiful places. Last year we took a road trip from Tennessee to Virginia and it was incredible.
The Lakes Region, New Hampshire
Nearly 10 million visitors were expected to arrive to the state of New Hampshire last fall, according to the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism, many of whom come to experience some of the world’s most brilliant reds and golds of autumn. Some of the best hues can be discovered inland in the higher elevation areas like The Lakes Region. Made up of Mirror Lake, Lake Ossipee, Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam, and Newfound Lake, peak season here typically lasts an entire month, from late September through late October. By paddling out in a canoe or kayak on anything of the lakes, you’ll get a wonderful perspective of the fiery red maples along the shoreline that are reflected in the still water.
Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
Litchfield Hills and the surrounding area is a postcard-perfect destination, located at the foot of the beautiful Berkshires in Connecticut. This area boasts a vibrant palette of color in autumn, with a blanket of birch, beech, aspen and maple trees covering the mountains. By taking a scenic drive from New Milford to Cornwall, you’ll be available to take in those quintessential New England covered bridges and the highest waterfall in the state at Kent Falls State Park too. There is practically an endless number of routes – you might even want to search for your new home among the houses for sale in CT, as you’d probably have to move here to experience them all.
The Berkshire Mountains spread through Massachusetts as well and are famous for providing some of the state’s most magnificent autumn displays. The tranquil country roads that wind through the area are lined with golds, reds and even deep scarlet shades, along with sparkling lakes, quaint barns and meadows, with the mountain peaks providing an impressive backdrop. From Bish Falls State Park, you can soak up panoramic views of three states, dotted with golden yellows and crimson during the season.
Door County, Wisconsin
In the Midwest, Door County is the place to go for color and more. Drive the lakeside of Door Peninsula along Highway 57, to view bursts of russet, vermillion, gold and scarlet, with the trees forming gorgeous canopies over peaceful lanes. Along the way, visit lighthouses, u-pick apple orchards and charming small towns hosting antique stores, galleries and restaurants.
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains put on an impressive show that can be enjoyed from early October through as late as mid-November in the lower elevations. By basing your stay in Gatlinburg, in the heart of the Smokies, you’ll be perfectly situated for viewing miles of landscapes that are all ablaze, including Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the state. Set within Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the vista showcases a remarkable kaleidoscope of color from 1,400 feet above sea level.
There’s always time to travel during the fall. After a long hot summer, it’s time to roll the sunroof down, let the cool air flow through your hair, and get on the road for some beautiful fall scenery. Check out my all new best online prices comparison page for travel planning online.