Autumn is almost upon us and many Proud American Travelers are eagerly anticipating the cool crisp air and the gorgeous multi-colored landscapes.
Fall brings about a unique opportunity to make your own hot apple cider with apples you just picked from an orchard – all while inhaling the breathtaking beauty of America.
But knowing where to go to soak in the very best fall has to offer can be a challenge as each state has their own unique spin.
While New England still carries the crown with the most incredible views of the changing fall colors – there are other hidden gems you definitely got to see.
So whether you’re looking to book an active weekend away hiking with friends or simply looking for the best place for a weekend drive, check out our top recommended places that are a must-see this autumn season.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Consistently ranked as one of the top places in the nation to bask in the breathtaking autumn leaves, Acadia National Park is a must-see at least once in your lifetime.
With gold leaves peppered amongst red and orange, this place is a gem and is truly stunning, especially with the bright colored leaves contrasted against the mountains and lakes.
The weather is crisp and the crowds aren’t as heavy as earlier months, so it really is the best time to check out the fall foliage.
And depending on your preference, you can stay at one of the quaint B&Bs in the region or even splurge and stay at a spa resort.
Or, if you’re the rugged type, camping out under the stars in the crisp fall air will give you the full fall experience!
Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Forbes calls this 11-mile stretch a “little slice of fall foliage heaven.”
Vermont is so stunning in the fall – people travel all across the world just to see the hues of bright yellow leaves surrounded by vibrant colors of red and orange.
According to Trip Savvy, the colors begin to pop in mid-September and last through mid-October, which gives travelers a wide window to check out the scene.
The best part about this drive is you get to view all the historic homes and farms set against the breathtaking mountain view.
If you’re the active type, then you’ll enjoy a refreshing hike surrounded by the beauty of the autumn leaves.
But if you’d rather sample local farm delicacies and have a laid-back trip, there are plenty of local food stands to choose from!
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Virginians are proud of the stunning beauty that resides in the Commonwealth and invite travelers everywhere to take a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Since the elevation levels are different, fall colors begin to peak early and can last all the way into November!
Locals recommend stopping at Marby Mill (Milepost 176) for incredible breakfast options like buckwheat or apple pancakes.
Although breakfast is served all day, this tiny restaurant also serves up hearty meals like barbecue pulled pork, chicken pot pie, and blackberry cobbler to keep you satisfied whatever time you arrive.
What could be better than a comforting meal while enjoying the colorful views of the fall foliage?
Upper Peninsula Michigan
You might be surprised to see Michigan on this list – but rest assured, Michigan can hold its own.
If you’re an avid outdoor adventurer, this place is the ultimate playground as it has not one, but three great lakes, plus mountain views – and a nearly one-million-acre forest.
The leaves begin to change in September, but peak foliage doesn’t occur until the first week in October.
Fall fanatics enjoy the cooler weather as they canoe, hike, or camp outside among the rustic red and yellow leaves.
And the views are spectacular… we’re talking waterfalls and overlooks that will take your breath away.
“At almost one million acres, the Ottawa National Forest encompasses some of the most wild woodlands in the Upper Peninsula, much of it aspen and maple that turn brilliant colors in the fall. There’s no better place to experience the rugged forest than the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness, says Lisa Klaus, the forest’s public affairs officer. The area is home to the Wild and Scenic Sturgeon River that has several waterfalls and a 350-foot-deep gorge that’s a mile wide. “The area is perfect to spot fall colors because of the beautiful overlooks,” Klaus says.”
Don’t dismiss Michigan – it’s a strong contender for the top place in America to experience fall.
Savor Every Moment
So this autumn season, be sure to experience the best America has to offer and check out the colorful crisp leaves that are so stunning, they almost look too picturesque to be real.
From the New England favorites to the southern comfort of Virginia, there’s something for every Proud American Traveler.
So sip your apple cider, visit your local pumpkin patch, and enjoy these cool crisp evenings!
Savor every moment – and don’t forget to snap some memorable photos!
What is your favorite part about the fall season?
Do you have a place you go each year to see the foliage?
Tell us in the comments below!