Many US cities with temperate climates enjoy beautiful foliage color changes in autumn. Bordering mountains, national parks, and picturesque lakes gives some cities truly spectacular fall foliage scenes you won’t see anywhere else. While New England is certainly the most popular fall foliage destination, it isn’t the only one with brilliant leaves. Read on to find out five fantastic places to view the seasons changing.
Famed for its winter weather, Aspen also hosts a spectacular fall leaf change. Instead of the reds and oranges of New England, Aspen’s trees become covered in gold. View the gilded landscape by hiking to Cathedral Lake or Crater Lake, or by driving down Castle Creek Road. Visit Aspen in the last two weeks of September for the best chance at seeing the leaves, and do some fly-fishing and golfing while you’re there.
Lake Placid, NY
Visit New York’s Adirondack’s for panoramic views of New England’s most beautiful fall colors. Vibrant reds, oranges, and purples coat the peaks, and Lake Placid offers an intriguing way to see them. At the Lake Placid airport, you can catch an Adirondack Scenic Flight, which will take you above the Adirondack for a spectacular experience. Visit in October for the Flaming Leaf Festival, which has everything that makes a festival fun, including beer, barbecue, and live music.
Montana’s tourist season dies down in fall, but if you visit the leaves there you’ll wonder why more people don’t make autumn trips to one of Montana’s best places to live. Whitefish is near Glacier National Park, a great place to get into nature, go hiking or biking, and view the leaves. Montana’s aspen and larch trees turn stunning shades of gold, which look even more beautiful against the background of one of Montana’s beautiful sunsets.
Fall in Stowe comes straight out of a storybook: the village is quaint and historical, and it sits right next to Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont. When the leaves turn their scorching oranges and deep reds, you won’t have enough memory on your smartphone to save all the photos you’ll want to take. Stowe offers a variety of ways to view the leaves, from horseback or from a kayak or a canoe. Stowe also throws an annual Oktoberfest with lots of beer and German food.
Combine stunning fall foliage with haunted Salem sites for the perfect fall trip. Visit in October and take a haunted ghost tour or view the leaves by taking a boat tour through the sound. Brush up on your witch trial trivia, or learn more about Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem. This is a popular autumn spot, so prepare for crowds, but it’s well worth it if you love a side of spooky with your changing leaves.
Take a hike, hop on a boat, or simply walk through town and soak in the scenery. Fall colors only come around once a year and don’t stay nearly long enough. Make sure you don’t miss the best of the best.