The leaves are at their most exquisite this time of year, so plan a weekend trip while fall is still around to experience all the radiance of the season. Everyone deserves a chance to take in autumn’s crisp air, fiery hues, and impressive landscapes. Take your chance this year and head out to some of the most beautiful places to travel in the fall—you won’t regret it!
Green Mountains, Vermont
Vermont is one of the best places to go if you want to get your fill of leaf-peeping. Lucky for you, the Green Mountains extend through the majority of the state, so no matter where you stay, you won’t be far from the brilliant hues. Take a road trip or camping trip and explore the Green Mountain Byway, which leads you from Waterbury to Stowe.
Leaf-Peeper’s Paradise: Mount Mansfield—the state’s highest colorful peak.
Cape Cod, Rhode Island
Head to Cape Cod during the locals’ favorite season. The hikes here offer some of the most majestic views of a wide spectrum of colors—the area’s fall hiking trails are some of the best in the state! There’s not only plenty for you to see, but also tons of autumn activities that will get you in the holiday spirit. The fall festivals, orchards, and pumpkin patches make for a weekend full of fun.
Leaf Peeper’s Paradise: Lowell-Holly Reservation—135 acres of gorgeous nature.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Canada offers a ton of fall beauty, and we love this area for its proximity to southern Ontario’s provincial parks: Lake Superior, Pancake Bay, and Batchawana Bay. Located right on the Michigan-Canada border and teeming with colorful trees and picture-perfect sights, this destination makes for a perfect weekend trip. Take a train ride with the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, a divine autumnal excursion. Don’t miss it.
Leaf Peeper’s Paradise: Robertson Cliffs—the perfect overlook of the boreal forest.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
You may not think of Amsterdam as a leaf-peeper’s paradise, but greenery shades a large percentage of the city. Pair that with the numerous canals and harbors, and you’ve got a picture-perfect fall vacation. Head to the Amsterdamse Bos for all your hiking, biking, canoeing, and horseback riding needs. Fabulous memories are waiting to be made here!
Leaf Peeper’s Paradise: Vondelpark—the urban park that explodes with orange hues mirrored in ponds.
Colorado is another state that boasts some remarkable landscapes in the fall. We love Telluride for its calm atmosphere and its ravishing views. There are tons of parks to visit around Telluride that will get you face-to-face with some gorgeous golden leaves. We especially recommend a hike through Valley Floor Park!
Leaf Peeper’s Paradise: San Sophia Station—perfect for views of Telluride and Mt. Wilson.
Lake Como, Italy
A gorgeous place to visit no matter what time of year you go, Lake Como offers spectacular autumn views. With milder temperatures, lower humidity, and fewer crowds, fall is the perfect season to visit. Tons of outdoor markets and historical tours showcase just how special this sweet little region is.
Leaf Peeper’s Paradise: Lake Como itself—take a walk along the water and admire the landscape.
Bishop Creek, California
California isn’t typically at the top of foliage-seekers’ lists, but Bishop Creek offers some of the most captivating sights you’ll see this far west. The bursts of orange and gold, which pair spectacularly with the bright green aspen trees, happen early and remain for a fairly long time—you don’t want to miss them. You’ve never seen something so vibrant before.
Leaf Peeper’s Paradise: Bishop Creek Canyon—pack your things for a camping trip right in the middle of it all.