Fall is possibly the prettiest season of the year! Who doesn’t love the gold and yellow hues of the trees and vibrant colors everywhere while enjoying a cup of pumpkin spice latte 🙂
1. Aspen Colorado
The famous town is named after a tree, a beautiful tree that gives off amazing colors! The aspen leaves turn a vibrant hue of yellow during fall time and give off a nice shimmer in the breeze when the sun hits them. These gold tones of aspens in autumn make for a picture-perfect contrast with the evergreens and craggy mountain peaks. Aspen Colorado is known for its ritzy ski resorts and many flock here during the winter months but it mellows during the autumn season. So, pretty much it’ll just be you and nature in this pretty as a picture town.
Aspen season is short so the best time to visit would be during mid-September – the season peaks at the end of the month.
2. The Catskills, New York
This town of Catskills is home to six major river systems, thirty-five mountain peaks and the once amazing Woodstock festival. The Catskills are at their most vibrant in the fall when their leaves turn yellow, orange, and red as they excite the wooded hillsides. Locals and visitors alike savor the fall harvest, when many of the region’s villages host festivals and craft fairs alongside the bountiful farmers’ markets and pick-your-own orchards.
The best time to go would be the last two weeks in September through mid- to late-October. The prime time for fall foliage in the Catskills.
3. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
The most dazzling displays of color in New England, happen here in Vermont. The drive from the quiet and beautiful Waterbury (home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream) to Stowe (one of the most famous ski resorts in the east)!
The Northern Vermont fall foliage season begins the second week of September and peaks the first week in October.
4. The Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the U.S. and for good reason. The park houses more than 100 species of native trees, including scarlet oaks, maples, and hickories, which put on a jaw-dropping autumn display of gold, orange, crimson, and purple. The park has over 800 miles of scenic roads and hiking trails, so you could literally spend days exploring these stunning forests.
The best time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is early October through early November.
5.Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park is a dream fall foliage destination! By the end of September, all the park’s concessions have closed for the season, guests have gone home, and you pretty much have the entire park to yourself. This is one of the best places to see larch trees—deciduous conifers that turn bright gold in the fall before losing their needles. Continental Divide makes for the most dramatic autumn scene in the U.S. There is also so much wildlife here, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and bears make their preparations for winter at this time of year!
Larch trees change color in mid-October. Everything else—maple, aspen, birch, cottonwood, and huckleberry—turn between early- and late-September.
6. Nashville, Tennessee
An amazing combination of food, cultural and music festivals happen during the entire fall. Nashville hosts the Independent Music Festival, the Americana Festival, and Loveless Café’s Biscuits and Bluegrass festival. So, not only do you get to be amazed by all the beautiful colors of the trees – you can also enjoy a multitude of activities.
The best time to visit the city of music is second week of September to mid October.
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
The autumn months generally mean the lowest prices, thin crowds, and the chance to see bright foliage while hiking or driving along Big or Little Cottonwood canyons. The Utah State Fair happens in Salt Lake City in September—with its rodeo and Western Music Festival. Oh, and some years, there’s enough snow to ski here by Halloween! YAY 🙂
Best time to visit the beautiful state of Utah is second week of September to the first week of November.
8. Anchorage, Alaska
Unlike many small Alaska towns, Anchorage doesn’t close up shop just because summer is over. Early fall usually means there are still berries to be picked on the city’s Flattop Mountain, or you can take the Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna to see the foliage. As leaves fall, it’s also easier to spot moose – also, by night, you can start seeing the northern lights.
Best time to see Anchorage is late September – to late October.
9. Providence, Rhode Island
Once fall comes around, the Rhode Island capital turns on the perfect mix of pastoral and urbane charms: while blazing foliage lights up the daytime. The bonfires that line the city’s rivers such as the Waterfire event will amaze you and illuminates the evenings through October. Autumn also brings some quirky entertainment: Providence hosts the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival – sounds pretty interesting if you ask us!
The perfect time to visit Rhode Island would be the second week of September until late October.
10. Portland, Oregon
Fall is good news for Portland – plenty of salmon are swimming in the Columbia River, and butternut squash and heirloom tomatoes are falling off the vines. It’s also fresh hop season for beer, when brewers use newly harvested hops, which taste distinctly different than the dried hops employed the rest of the year. You can witness the vibrant colors of fall all around you – and the way the red Sweetgums reflect off all the lakes is truly a gorgeous display.
Visit Oregon during the months of September through the first week of November.