After the heat of the summer, fall is almost always a welcome sight. However, for many living in south or coastal towns, the only benefit of the season is that they receive a bit of cooler weather.
If you’ve always wanted to experience autumn the way it was meant to be, whether you have to work while traveling or you get a real vacation this time, you may want to consider visiting one of these cities.
1. Vermont’s Green Mountains
Vermont’s Green Mountains are technically not a city, but we simply can’t resist the beauty of this area in the fall. New England has some of the most vibrant autumn colors, and the Green Mountain National Forest is like something off of a postcard. Furthermore, Stowe and Jeffersonville are really close, so you can visit the Maple Outlet to learn how to make maple syrup, check out the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, or even try your luck in a corn maze.
2. Aspen, Colorado
While many of us love grabbing cheap flights from Sioux Falls, or our local city, and heading off to Colorado for a wonderful winter ski trip, Aspen is exceptionally beautiful in the fall. You’ll see the Rocky Mountains covered in Aspen trees that are a stunning golden yellow. Trust us; it’s one of the best places to watch the seasons turn.
3. Tarrytown, New York
Whether you’re close enough to rent a car or you fly across the country, Tarrytown is a great destination to enjoy the season. This is especially true if you love Halloween since it’s close to Sleepy Hollow. Plus, the area has plenty of haunted houses, graveyard tours, and hundreds of carved pumpkins at the famous Great Jack-o-lantern Blaze.
4. Portland, Oregon
Visit Portland in mid-to-late October for some stunning fall foliage. You can also enjoy live entertainment, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and much more autumn fun at the annual Harvest on the Harbor.
5. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Nestled on the northern side of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Pigeon Forge is a popular travel destination throughout the year. However, the spectacular autumn landscape is a sight to behold, and many travelers opt to rent a cabin to be surrounded by the beauty up close.
6. Asheville, North Carolina
With 100 different types of trees shedding their leaves, Asheville has some of the country’s most breathtaking displays of fall colors. You can also pack light and go hiking in Pisgah National Forest to get an up-close experience with the wonderful season.
7. Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Paducah in Kentucky
Known as the Kentucky Triangle, these three cities offer a range of events for fall and are a popular destination. Bowling Green has the Mammoth Cave National Park, in Paducah you can visit the PumpkinFest Pumpkin Festival, and at Trunnell’s Highway 54 Farm Market in Owensboro, you can pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.
8. Salt Lake City, Utah
Fall just wouldn’t be the same without Oktoberfest, and one of the best places to experience it is in Salt Lake City. In fact, it was voted one of the 10 Best Oktoberfests in America. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from August 14 – October 17, 2021.
Furthermore, since fall is generally a slow season for the area, you can find discounted lodging and enjoy the event without the distraction of large crowds of tourists.
Traveling during the fall season can certainly be enjoyable. If you truly want to experience the season in all its beautiful hues, selecting one of the above destinations will definitely satisfy you.