September 5, 2023 | Allison Robertson

Top 10 U.S. Destinations to Visit During Fall

U.S. Destinations to Visit in the Fall

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Ah, fall! That magical time when nature adorns herself in a kaleidoscope of colors and the air becomes crisp with a hint of the winter chill to come.

The United States, with its vast expanse and geographical variety, offers some of the best spots to embrace and celebrate this season.

So, grab your camera, your favorite cozy sweater and a pumpkin-spiced latte, and let’s explore the top 10 American destinations to visit during the enchanting autumn months.

1. Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Colorado in the falltinnaprn, Adobe Stock

True to its name, Aspen is famed for its aspen trees that turn a brilliant golden hue come fall. The juxtaposition of the golden leaves against the majestic Rockies is a sight to behold.

2. The Catskills, New York

The Catskills, New York in the falldemerzel21, Adobe Stock

The rolling mountains of the Catskills, combined with an array of hardwood trees, promise a technicolor display of reds, oranges, and yellows, making it an autumnal wonderland.

3. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee And North Carolina in the fallMargaret, Adobe Stock

The Smokies come alive with a rich tapestry of colors in the fall, making it one of the country's most visited national parks during this season.


4. Door County, Wisconsin

Door County, Wisconsin in the fallnejdetduzen, Adobe Stock

Known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” Door County’s peninsula offers a picturesque fall setting with its quaint lighthouses, rustic roads, and cherry orchards.

5. The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The Berkshires, Massachusetts in the fallJim Glab, Adobe Stock

A cultural retreat coupled with vibrant fall foliage. Visit the charming towns, hike the trails, and take in some art while you're at it.

6. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine in the fallJim Ekstrand, Adobe Stock

The park’s diverse tree species ensure a prolonged and varied fall foliage season. Plus, Cadillac Mountain offers views that are especially spectacular during sunrise.

7. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Upper Peninsula, Michigan in the fallJoseph Kirsch, Adobe Stock

With over 7 million acres of trees, Michigan’s UP is a riot of colors in the fall, enhanced by the reflections in the countless lakes and rivers.

8. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Waterfall at Columbia River Gorge, OregonMartina, Adobe Stock

The drive through the Gorge, with the river on one side and waterfalls dotting the other, becomes a visual treat with the added splash of fall colors.

9. White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire in the fallhaveseen, Adobe Stock

The Kancamagus Highway, which runs through the region, is often dubbed as New England’s most scenic drive, especially when the fall colors peak.


10. Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington in the fallKirk Fisher, Adobe Stock

This Bavarian-styled village in the Cascade Mountains offers Oktoberfest celebrations and stunning fall foliage views, making it a perfect fall getaway.

Final Thoughts

A happy woman listening to musicAndrea Piacquadio, Pexels

In America, the shift from summer to winter is nothing short of dramatic, and fall is the curtain call of nature's great performance.

Each of these destinations offers a unique way to experience the beauty and serenity of the season.

So, pack your bags, set your out-of-office email, and get ready to be mesmerized by the magic of American autumns.