Best Fall Foliage Destinations

Time to plan a trip to see all those gorgeous autumn leaves. If you aren’t sure where to go, we’ve got six ideas.

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Note: For some regions, there are multiple cities you could fly to; the ones we chose often have the cheapest ticket prices.

LISTEN: Airfare expert Rick Seaney loves the fall. He also loves cheap flights.

Now here’s what to pack – and how to pack.

Boston and New England

You knew we’d start here. Face it, fall in New England – from Sleeping Giant State Park in Connecticut to the Berkshires of Massachusetts and up the craggy coast of Maine – is one vast shimmering canvas of red, orange and gold. More on color here.

New York’s Hudson Valley

Head toward Manhattan then turn north and find yourself one in a charming valley of dazzling color (inspiration for so many landscape artists). See beauty spots all along the Hudson River. More on color here.

The Rockies

Golden aspens herald the fall in Colorado and there are so many good places to see them including Rocky Mountain National Park. More on color here.

Midwest: Ohio

Northern Ohio offers numerous prime locations for autumn leaf viewing (try Punderson and Findley State Parks to name just a few) but the entire state glitters with color – and fall festivals. More on color here.

Southern Utah

Visit a national park or two (Bryce and Zion), travel one of the National Scenic Byways and you’ll get your fill of turning leaves. You can even enjoy a play at Utah’s Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. More on color here.

Washington State

Hike the Olympic Peninsula for incredible color plus great ocean views; you might even see some wildlife. And when day is done, plenty of terrific seafood restaurants in nearby Seattle. More on color here.


Published: September 17, 2014