10 Breathtaking Fall Vacation Spots in USA

by Jane Sophia
Fall Vacation Spots in USA

From this blog post, you will come to know which are the best ‘fall vacation spots’ in the United States that are known for viewing breathtaking colors.

The ‘fall season’ refers to the autumn in the United States. It starts on September 22nd exactly. You can definitely expect the tree leaves start to begin to turn into myriad colors and hues. The scene is so breathtaking that you start looking for more fall vacation spots to see whether there are more colors amidst different settings such as lakeshore, forests and city avenues, and mountainous backdrops

Here is a sample of fall colors on a lakeshore.


OMG! This is truly spectacular! You won’t be able to take your eyes off this dreamy place in the U.S.

The Americans who are known not to miss any seasonal vacation would invariably pack off to see different spots across the U.S. during autumn.

Even though the Americans have full knowledge about various fall season destinations, they would still look for new fall season vacation spots every year.

They might forego their annual vacation but they dare not miss visiting new places that are famous for scintillating colors during the ‘fall’.

10 Breathtaking Fall Vacation Spots in USA

Here I am to serve the cheerful Americans with a list of 10 fantastic places to see the ‘fall colors’.

  1. Fall Foliage sighting in Washington DC

Can there be a better way to see the fall colors than by going on a steam locomotive pulled train? Definitely not. If you take the Western Maryland Scenic Train Ride through downtown Cumberland, you will wonder why you have not heard about it thus far.

Western Maryland has several autumn destinations that are best viewed during this joyful train ride.

As the slow train chugs through the Allegheny Mountain, your mouth will open wide in astonishment. The route is too picturesque to put into words.

The distance covered during this fall colors train ride near Washington DC is only 25 km.

  1. Woodstock


The name itself is very appropriate as a good autumn destination. The aerial view of the image of Woodstock clearly indicates how it looks during the fall season.

Here is a typical scene of Woodstock when the leaves weave magic.

Fall Vacation Spots in USA Woodstock

Woodstock is one of the beautiful villages in the U.S. The whole place is peaceful, speaking the language of the trees. If you find a place to stay for a weekend, you can eat fresh food and buy freshly made cheese.

I dug around for unearthing good accommodations in Woodstock. I found quite a few inns and hotels are set in serene surroundings.

Woodstock is certainly a pensioners’ paradise!

  1. Portland

PortlandThis is Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. Can you imagine how colorful the green forest will turn during the fall season? I guess Forest Park is one of the breathtaking fall destinations in the United States.

Don’t have to take my word, buddy! Look at this stunning picture of Portland in the autumn.

Make Portland your fall vacation spot this year.

  1. Seattle

Breathtaking Fall Vacation Spots in USA Seattle

Seattle in Washington state is probably the most colorful autumn destination in North America. The city is already brimming with a large population that gets further bloated during the fall season when it gets really crowded.

There is this Japanese garden in Seattle that attracts a big crowd when the leaves wear bright and dreamy colors before withering away.

Japanese garden in Seattle

The fall season is so beautiful during the fall that you involuntarily join veteran hikers with heavy photography and videography gear.

One more place in Seattle to go when the fall season begins is the Washington Park Arboretum. It is a breathtaking fall season destination with no second opinion.

  1. Adirondack Park, New York

The Adirondack mountains need no introduction to the majority of the Americans. Of course, those who are born since 2020 Feb are exempted as they must have seen sitting indoors since then.

It is a vast area with so many drives going over nearly 13,000 sq. km! These scenic drives are great vantage fall season destinations to have a feast for your eyes during the fall. The whole area turns into a spectacular canvas. It will be difficult to name every color of the foliages.

The number of autumn color spots is simply overwhelming. For example, there are as many as 200 lakes in the 13k sq. km area. Imagine how they will turn when the leaves wear myriad hues. Certainly, it will be a breathtaking sight.

Lake Placid and the Lake Tear of the Clouds are two prominent lakes out of the 200 water bodies in the Adirondack mountains.

Why the Adirondacks are ideal fall vacation spots?

As you gaze at the splendid colors of the fall, your attention will be frequently diverted by the birds that include the cute Chickadees.

  1. Pocono Mountains

These fall vacation destinations are located in the state of Pennsylvania. The numerous drives on the Pocono Mountains are great viewpoints to see the brilliant display of fall colors in the U.S

During the autumn, the Pocono Mountains wear eye-catching fall foliage. The blazing red is the predominant color that is well supported by yellow and orange.

The Pocono Mountains’ various outdoor activities make them wonderful fall vacation spots in the United States.

There is an air tour that gives you a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the mountains, fall colors, and the lakes beneath.

In addition, there is a scenic train ride in the glorious sunlight. Search the web for the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway tour. The fun ride lasts for a little more than an hour.

For a superb car drive with great views of the autumn foliage colors, drive through route # 507. It will give you the most satisfying car drive during the fall season.

Seeing a few spots to pitch up your canvas tent on the hillside, it would be great to stay overnight in a tent to catch the early sun rays trying to steal the colors of the leaves.

  1. Virginia

The reason why I did not mention any specific spot for watching the fall colors in the state of Virginia is there are as many as 20 places in the state that are excellent for viewing the autumn colors.

Can you visualize how this green spot will transform during autumn?


The transformed photo of Mabry Mill.

Mabry Mill

Virginia is a blessed state in America for natural beauty. For shooting the fall foliages in Virginia in your camera, note down the following spectacular autumn destinations.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway (length covered is 750 km)
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • The Yankee Horse Ridge Trail
  • The Appalachian Mountains
  • Grayson Highlands State Park

Breathtaking Fall Vacation Spots in USA

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake

There are many fantastic fall-season destinations in the state of Virginia alone.

The adjoining state of North Carolina also offers bright spots to see the fall colors.

  1. Sedona

Sedona is located in the state of Arizona. It is a city with several places to see except during the winter. Sedona is most known for its sandstone canyon walls and rock formations.

In addition, Sedona has several hiking trails that get littered with brilliantly colored fall foliage.

West Fork Trail in Sedona receives the most numbers of tourists who are fans of autumn destinations.

I think not only the West Fork Trail in Sedona is a good place for filming the fall colors but several more trails. Invariably fall season vantage places are also good for bird watching. The West Fork Trail is one such place in the United States.


OMG! This is too good a place for a fall-season destination.

More spots in Sedona to see the fall foliage:

  • Red State Park
  • Forest House Resort
  • Orchard Canyon

Another fantastic fall vacation spot in Arizona is Flagstaff, one of the cities in Arizona that is known to attract adventure tourists.

  1. Seven Lakes State Park, Michigan

Michigan, the state of 10,000 lakes is an excellent place in the U.S. to see the colors of the fall season that begins in the third week of September.

With so many lakes and the flora abutting them, the state literally explodes with the colors of red, orange, and yellow.

The autumn’s beauty usually decided by the backdrop of the ideal foliage spots. While the lakes and rivers reflect the colors, the mountains give a contrasting backdrop.

Seven Lakes State Park, Michigan

Among the most famous place in Michigan to see the fall colors, the Seven Lakes State Park is the best spot.

Another place to see the colors of autumn is the Pinckney Recreation Area.

  1. Ohio

Fall Vacation Spots in USAOhioBookmark this trail that turns magically into gorgeous fall colors. It is known as the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail It is part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

It can be your best bet for a scintillating fall vacation spot in the U.S.

These are the top fall season destinations in the U.S.

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