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10 places to travel in the fall for hiking, views and foliage

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to take a trip. In areas that experience all four seasons, fall is often a welcome event, especially with the warmer temperatures lately. For travelers, the fall season is the perfect time to get out and be more outdoors and save a few off-season bucks. So whether you are looking to appreciate the changing of the leaves, relax with a crisp glass of wine next to a bonfire, or simply enjoy outdoor activities/adventures in cooler weather, you certainly have good options in the US. To make sure you plan an amazing vacation, here are ten of the best places to travel this fall, based on your interests.

ten Asheville, North Carolina

For wanderers looking for stunning fall scenery around every corner, Asheville, North Carolina is the destination for you. Here in this quaint mountain town, visitors can enjoy delicious seasonal food, local brews, a vibrant arts scene, history, a Southern approach to the season, and plenty of adventures (everything from water rafting keen on hiking and biking). During this time of year, the scenery in Asheville is breathtaking, so come and marvel at all the fall foliage and beautiful mountain views. All in all, whatever your interests are this fall, Asheville has something for everyone.

9 Bennington, Vermont

A hidden gem that many travelers overlook is Bennington, Vermont. This small town is bursting with fall foliage and the rolling hills of the Green Mountains. When visiting, fall lovers and adventurers can enjoy the cool fall weather and endless events/activities. Visitors can also stop by the Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop or Terry’s Orchard for amazing seasonal treats and cider house-style entertainment (corn mazes, apple hops, tractor rides, and more). Sounds like a plan? Then head south to Vermont this year and prepare to be blown away by this charming little town.

8 Newport, Rhode Island

There’s no denying that Newport, Rhode Island is a quintessential fall destination. This area seems to come alive this time of year, making it the perfect relaxing getaway with cool fall weather, vibrant foliage, and fall activities galore. Here, visitors can stop at the local pumpkin patch, enjoy a ghost tour or two and, of course, take part in one of the many festivals that take place during the fall season. Notable events not to be missed include the Rogue Island Comedy Festival, Festa Italiana, and the Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, to name a few.

seven Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

For fall travelers looking for an up-close and personal view of the changing seasons, a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is a must. This sprawling nature park spans Tennessee and North Carolina, so there’s no shortage of trails, forest land, waterfalls, or outdoor activities. It is an excellent option for hikers, cyclists and fishing enthusiasts. Nature lovers can also enjoy great scenic drives to Cades Cove or along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

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6 Black Hills, South Dakota

Another scenic fall destination is Black Hills, South Dakota. In mid-autumn, the weather is absolutely perfect and the forest landscape is a mixture of brilliant golden and amber hues. Travelers can marvel at this stunning scenery, visit Mount Rushmore, or possibly spend time at Custer State Park on the Needles Highway. As a bonus, there’s an abundance of wildlife to see here, especially if you visit the Wildlife Loop. So be on the lookout for wild bison, sheep, mountain goats, elk and more.

5 Savannah, Georgia

What’s fall without a few scares and a haunted story? Well, not only is Savannah, Georgia considered one of the most haunted places in the United States, but its people also take October seriously. So expect to see fancy mansions with pumpkin-lined entrances and manicured fall foliage adding a splash of color to the gates of these homes’ private gardens. Besides getting your fill of picturesque fall scenery, you can ride the Haunted Trolley, stop in the Historic District, and discover the plethora of things (Halloween essentials and regular) to do in Savannah.

4 Napa Valley, California

Wine lovers already know that one of the best places for a fall getaway is none other than the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley. Visitors can relax while sipping the latest vintage paired with incredible food in a beautiful setting with a mix of lush green, yellow, red and orange vineyards. Sample the full-bodied reds Napa is famous for next to a roaring fireplace or fire pit, stick to St. Helena for a small-town fall vibe, or simply explore the wine route in all its glory. Whatever you decide to do here, one thing is for sure, wonderful autumn days among the leaves await.

3 Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

Hikers and fall enthusiasts should definitely take a trip to Bushkill Falls, PA. Not only is it the premier destination for a scenic fall hike with eight waterfalls, but there are also several other amazing parks and hiking trails nearby. At Bushkill Falls, the level of hiking is moderate, but overall its trails are fairly easy to navigate. Also highly recommended that you head to the Poconos for another nice little fall outing to see the foliage in October and early November, which, quite simply, is awe-inspiring.

Related: 10 National Parks With Stunning Fall Foliage

2 Ridge Butte, Colorado

For most travelers, Colorado’s favorite destinations are often Denver or Aspen. But another must-see mountain town in this one-of-a-kind state is Crested Butte. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, it’s a less crowded and more affordable alternative to Colorado’s other big cities. Visitors can enjoy great fall views, plenty of hiking, mountain biking, fishing the Taylor River, and more. So if that sounds like your cup of tea, then this perpetual fall paradise is definitely for you.

1 Adirondacks, New York State

Finally, the largest wilderness area in the United States on the East Coast, also known as the Adirondack Mountains, is the perfect place for a fall retreat from the bustle of the city. Here, visitors can enjoy the beautiful array of fall foliage, hike the 170-mile Olympic Trail, or set sail on Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain. Of course, adventurers can also enjoy this region on foot, by bike or in a hot air balloon. As a bonus, the fun three-day Lake George Oktoberfest is held in the Adirondacks in early October, so stop by if you’re in town.