Fall marks an excellent time for a trip filled with beautiful views, delicious food, outdoor activities, and maybe a winery visit or two. With that in mind, here are the top 10 fall travel destinations for soaking up fall foliage and unwinding before winter begins. And don’t forget to pack accordingly!
Best Fall Destinations in America
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1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Be sure to drive through Cades Cove, where you’re most likely to get a peek at local wildlife like white-tailed deer, coyotes, and even black bears!
2. Salem, Massachusetts - Spooky Fall Travel Destination
New England is always a great place to visit in the fall. Salem is the top choice for history buffs and travelers in search of something a little more spooky.
3. Zion National Park in Fall
If you’re in search of fall vacation ideas closer to the west coast, look no further than Zion National Park in Utah. Autumn marks one of the best times to travel to Zion! The crowds are thinner than usual but the weather is perfect for camping, hiking, and exploring the wild red rock landscape.
4. Napa Valley, California
Does anything pair better with a nice glass of red than sweeping views of wine country in the crisp fall air? I didn’t think so! Napa Valley is one of the best places to visit in fall for wine lovers and foodies alike.
Fill your time dining at Michelin starred restaurants and touring the various wineries of the region. For those who like to be a little more hands-on, some wineries even offer the chance to get involved with the harvest by stomping grapes or picking them from the vine!
Consider splurging on an incredible Hot-Air-Balloon ride that overlooks all of Napa Valley!
5. Acadia National Park - New England Fall Destination
Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine attracts fall foliage lovers from across the country, and for good reason. This northern fall destination boasts incredible hues of red, orange, and yellow leaves, peaking around late October.
6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Visiting Jackson Hole in fall is a great way to avoid the summer crowds and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons before the mountains are blanketed in snow all winter.
7. Asheville, North Carolina - Quirky Fall Travel Destination
Just on the other side of the Great Smoky Mountains sits North Carolina, home to the laid back, hippy mountain town of Asheville. This town is a great fall vacation idea for those looking to enjoy a small town with plenty of quirks and character.
8. Flagstaff, Arizona
If you’re looking for places to visit in the fall that combines the great outdoors with a fascinating history, Flagstaff is a great choice! As the seat of the Colorado Plateau, Flagstaff is deeply connected to a rich and varied Native American history.
Be sure to check out the Wupatki National Monument to see pueblos from almost 1,000 years ago. You can also support local Native American artisans in town by shopping for authentic handmade jewelry and other goods!
9. Hudson, New York
10. Vail, Colorado - Beautiful Fall Aspen Trees
Those yellow leaves are absolutely stunning come autumn, making this cute village one of the best fall vacations through the end of November.
Which of these fall travel destinations are you planning to visit this year? Drop me a comment below or DM me on Instagram, I’d love to know!
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