Top 10 Fall Destinations in USA
Calling all shutterbugs out there, summon your inner photographer and click your way through a beautiful autumn vacation in the United States during the Fall season. As the countryside turns into beautiful vistas of serene green to blazing orange, your paths will reveal scenic treats for your eye. In every corner of the United States there are delightful places to visit. Here are our selections of 10 top fall destinations in the USA for an invigorating getaway.
Asheville, North Carolina
Catch some of the splendid Fall foliage views at Asheville, North Carolina. Situated close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail, there is absolutely no way that the view will disappoint. Lauded with many names such as ‘Quaint mountain town’, ‘Hipster Haven’, ‘Beer City USA’, ‘College Town’, ‘Bluegrass home’ and ‘Culinary Destination’, there is just absolutely no way that Asheville gets only one name. Located in western North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, this gem of a place is everyone’s favourite.
As they rightly say, Asheville always has something for everyone. For all the history enthusiasts, lose yourself on the grounds of Biltmore Estate, while epicureans out there can fulfill your deepest wishes with samples from the area’s culinary smorgasbord. All the beer connoisseurs can immerse themselves in some of the finest of breweries that Asheville can offer.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Let us just tell you that ‘Grand’ does not even begin to cover the splendid beauty of this place. Measuring approximately 277 river miles in length, 18 miles in width and a mile deep, this enormous chasm in North Arizona leaves over 6 million tourists awe-struck every year.
For almost 6 million years, the Grand Canyon has expanded by a considerable amount all thanks to the mighty Colorado River. Every year, tourists and even the locals are in sheer awe of the amazing hue of red and orange that adorn the Canyon. The Grand Canyon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and rightfully so looking at the beauty.
Step into the magic of fall with Poconos- the perfect place to witness the turning of leaves. The forest transcends from calm green to a blazing hue of orange, red and yellow to give you some of the best places to see the fall foliage in the Poconos. For example, Lake Wallenpaupack, driving here during the autumn season, Route 507 going by Lake Wallenpaupack makes for some breathtaking views with the deep blue of the lake being in stark contrast against the blazing red and orange of the trees.
Route 447 to 209 is also a great route to watch foliage with the whole route lined with oak and hickory trees. The picturesque trail is home to more than 100 varieties of trees which makes it a great place to satisfy the leaf peeper in you.
If vacation destinations were Disney characters, then Kauai would be the Moana of vacations. For travelers who want to stretch the days of summer a bit longer, Kauai is the ideal choice. Its pristine beaches, serene sunsets and blue skies just scream out beauty. Being the oldest island of the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is good for the soul.
Kauai, like many of the Hawaiian islands has different regions and typography. While the north is rather rainy with lush vegetation, the south is known for their gorgeous sunny beaches. Most surprising of all is the Waimea canyons, the grand canyon of Hawaii, located in the undeveloped southwest of the island. These canyons are worth traveling to see and any time of year you’ll find all the greens, yellows, oranges, and reds that you can imagine.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Without a doubt, one of the best places to view the beautiful transition of Fall is at Yellowstone National Park. Having some of the awe-striking sights such as Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs, the hiking trails and basins make for some of the most splendid views of the park.
Head over to Yellowstone for some boating adventures and expeditions with your friends and loved ones for the best of adrenaline-filled activities.
Ozark National Park, Arkansas
With over 1,2 hectares of forest, Arkansas beholds one of the prettiest ecological corridors in the United States. The changing foliage set against the incessant greenery is a healing sight for sore eyes.
Although the park consists of two contrasting forests with entirely different geographical, ecological and topographical features, the foliage never fails to keep everyone in awe. Home to over 23 campgrounds, you can soak yourself in the foliage spirit and bless the leaf peeper in you.
Known as Fall’s Color Capital, Stowe is located at the base of Vermont’s highest peak. A sight hard to beat in autumn, the foliage is inexplicably beautiful during the season of fall.
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A paradise for fitness enthusiasts, one can enjoy the perks of rock climbing, hiking and other outdoor ventures against the majestic foliage. Other than your own activities to pursue, there are many other activities you can indulge yourself in.
Treat your tired self with some freshly brewed beer at the local breweries. Hop in The Alchemist to try their customized seasonal brews or indulge yourself in the large array of lagers that Von Trapp has to offer. And if you love the Sound of Music, you have all the more reason to visit the family-owned brewery.
Known for its festivals and culinary treats, you can grab the delicious bites the restaurants of Stowe have to offer. Their dining culture celebrates quality, locally acquired ingredients with customized twists. Visit Alpine for some delicious lamb shank and uni bucatini with caramelized parsnip if you are feeling fancy or settle with The Bench for some fresh woodfire pizza and Buffalo Mac ‘n’ Cheese that you can call home.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC & TN
Nestled between the North Carolina-Tennessee border, these mountains are home to several hiking trails and cascading falls. This just makes these mountains one of the best places to view the fall foliage.
See the best of fall with the amazing transformation of the forest as your drive or hike down the trails. These mountains have been immortalized in history as a testimony of human settlers from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to 19th-century European settlers.
Today, the Great Smoky Mountains are a site for more than 10 million people.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Aspens certainly have their main character moment as they grow their way amidst the magnificent contrast of gold and copper leaves. The entire region of Rocky Mountain National Park glows with the commencement of fall.
Glacier Gorge, Hollowell Park and Beaver meadows seem straight out of a dream with the beautiful colours of fall highlighted as they grow. These never cease to amaze even the locals who have been seeing them forever now.
Sequoia National Park, California
Giving one of the most dramatic hues to the beautiful foliage of fall, are the giant sequoias at the Sequoia National Park in California. Being a conspicuous background for the surrounding trees which transform from calm green to blazing red, this view can heal souls.
Located in Southern Sierra Nevada, Sequoia National Park is a fan favourite. Huge redwoods towering over us as they almost touch the sky is a sight you definitely do not want to miss. The view from the trails is so quintessentially picturesque, that it does not fail to tug a string at your heart. Constantly beautiful, the changing colours of green, yellow, orange and red make the whole scene almost out of a painting.