Fall destinations

The glory of autumn is spectacular no matter where you go in the United States, but there are several cities where this time of year is really something special – especially because of the local residents or Mother Nature really going out of her way to celebrate the season.

Whether you are seeking out blazing fall colors, small-town charm, or quaint festivals and markets, there is an Autumn experience for you on our list of the top US cities to visit this fall.

1. Bike Riding and River Cruises in Burlington, Vermont

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Do you enjoy bike riding? Pedal along the paved bike path that runs along Lake Champlain and enjoy the amazing views of the autumn colors of the Adirondack Mountains across the sky blue lake. You can also take a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allan to enjoy the islands of Lake Champlain Valley. Urban-minded travelers will enjoy the restaurants and unique shops on Church Street in Burlington.

2. Hiking in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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If flaming fall colors and charming waterfalls are what you are looking for then consider taking a trip to Gatlinburg, the hub of great hiking trails and scenic roads leading to incredible lookouts in the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg is also famous for its aerial trams that trundle up the hills as well as The Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show. 

3. Yellowstone Park and Cowboy Culture in Jackson Hole, Wyoming 

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming is like going back in time to the Wild West. The city has the peaks of Grand Teton National Park on one side and the geysers of Yellowstone Park on the other. After taking a fresh air tour of nature in either park, you can enjoy ribs and a glass of cider in the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar downtown.

4. Clam Chowder and Kayaking in KenneBunkPort, Maine

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If you love kayaking, rivers, and the chilly blue Atlantic ocean then Kennebunkport, Maine is for you. Paddling along the Kennebec River to view the spectacular fall colors in this traditional old town that is famous for its clam chowder, apple picking, and pumpkin picking. Hardcore nature lovers can stay at the Breakwater Inn and the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel.

5. Golden Larch Trees and Octoberfest in Leavenworth, Washington 

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Enjoy the glow of thousands of Larch trees turning gold; what the locals of Leavenworth, Washington call “the Larch March.”  This German-themed town offers gingerbread-style architecture and taverns offering hearty meals such as Sauerbraten and Bavarian Cream. If you love beer then you will want to be here for the annual Oktoberfest celebrations.

6. Corn Mazes and Streams in Stowe, Vermont

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If you want quaintness, fun, and gorgeous fall colors all wrapped up in one vivid gratifying travel experience then take a trip to Stowe. It has it all including old-time covered bridges crossing bubbling streams and stunning fall foliage on the Green Mountains. Activities include hikes up the mountain to Stowe Pinnacle, navigating a corn maze and sipping cider at Stowe Cider.

7. Birdwatch on the Waterfront at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Take one of the many slow winding paths through the colorful forests north of this Maritime town along Lake Michigan. The city’s waterfront trail boasts three historic lighthouses; huge freighters passing by and the shores and forests are great for birdwatchers. The city is also famous for being the home of Renard’s Cheese factory.

8. Waterfalls and the Wild West in Winthrop, Washington

If you want to see some of the loveliest fall colors in the world, take a two-hour long road trip from Seattle through the North Cascade Natural Park to Winthrop, Washington. Along the way feast your eyes on sparkling lakes and waterfalls and soaring mountain peaks. Winthrop is a former gold-mining town modeled after the Old West with genuine saloons and numerous rhythm and blue festivals.

Before you leave be sure to grab your camera and warm clothing and don’t hesitate to make the most of your adventures to enjoy the Fall.