Throughout the northern United States, there is no shortage of destinations for people seeking some old-fashioned autumnal charm. Whether you crave small-town Americana or big-city excitement, America still has plenty of fall appeal if you know where to look.
The highlight of any fall vacation is experiencing the foliage and the surrounding breathtaking landscape. Fall is an outdoor lover’s paradise. If you want to take more than a day trip, however, it isn’t enough to have beautiful scenery. You also need a place to stay and things to do. Fortunately, the lodging spectrum is vast and plentiful, ranging from cozy cabins to modern B&Bs, and the abundant activities in these vacation spots will keep you entertained as long as you can keep up.
The Catskills, NY
Foliage in the Catskills is like a magnificent oil painting – wherever you go, there will be awe-inspiring scenery. Don’t forget to include the waterfalls in your scenic drive. Aside from leaf viewing, the Catskills is also a host to many other activities and delicious treats. Apples are plentiful here, and there is no shortage of freshly made cider. Hiking, playing golf, and camping are all popular pastimes, but if you’re looking for something more exciting, there’s also ziplining and Skyride adventure tours.
Kent was originally a farming community, but it is now a rural community of about 3,000 residents. Downtown Kent has the Obelisk Civil War Soldiers Monument, as well as an eclectic mix of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The state and local parks have plenty of small-town fun, like hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. With all the changing colors, Kent is also a great choice for a scenic drive in the fall.
Surrounded by quiet farms and forests in northern New Hampshire, Jefferson is the perfect spot for fresh air and gorgeous scenery. There’s also plenty to do outside, such as hiking or paddling around the local lakes and rivers. For wildlife lovers, there is the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, and Jefferson is also home to the oldest 18-hole golf course in the state and two of New England’s oldest amusement parks.
Vermont is always spectacular, but it really shines in the fall. Locals will be quick to help navigate visitors to the best leaf peeping spots. Whether you choose to ride, drive or walk, there are numerous ways to view the fall colors and enjoy the brisk, cool air. For thrill seekers, there are also activities like zip lining and hot air balloon rides. With events like Oktoberfest, the Foliage Arts Festival and Restaurant Week, your events calendar will always be chock full.
The Berkshires, MA
There is no better way to fully embrace the magnificence of the Berkshires than with a long road trip, stopping for the occasional apple picking and shopping. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about American history or to search for valuable antiques.