Fall is a great time of the year to get away with your family. The weather is usually mild enough to have fun outdoors and, depending on where you are, the mornings and evenings cool off enough to get cozy at home. Whether you’re taking a day trip or a longer vacation, these fall travel ideas are perfect for taking in the beauty of fall with your family.
Fall travel ideas
1. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Take the hike to the waterfall, there are two levels you can view it and leaves from depending on your hiking skills. Both offer breathtaking views of the falls and the amazing bursts of color around it.
Columbia River Gorge by Jeff Gunn is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
2. Aspen, Colorado
While you may think of this city for its winter skiing but before winter sets in Aspen is engulfed in fall colors and is just a beautiful place to visit. Plan to visit around the ACES Harvest Festival for even more fall fun.
Aspen, Colorado taken by Katie Sylvest, traveler and writer at Trouncing Around.
3. Catskills, New York
Dirty Dancing movie lovers will recognize this area! With so many mountains and rivers in the area, this is a nature lover’s paradise. There are so many resorts in the area for your getaway; there will be so much to do!
4. Brasstown Bald, Georgia
Drive to the top of Georgia’s highest mountain and view the colors at a full 360 degree view. A bonus is you can see the fall colors in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina as well from the top, talk about the best view around!
5. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee & North Carolina
These mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina are just breath taking. Visit towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge tucked right into the mountains. Get all the attractions and lodging of the resorts, and still be able to view the fall colors and enjoy all the outdoor recreation as well. I suggest staying at the Park Visit Hotel with a room overlooking the town. Talk about breath taking!
Sign at the Great Smokey Mountains taken by Georgia-based freelance travel blogger, Apryl Chapman Thomas from Southern Hospitality Magazine Traveler.
Great Smokey Mountains taken by Amy Moore, travel writer at Everything Everywhere Family Travel.
6. Upper Peninsula, Michigan
The best part of visiting this part of Michigan is being able to seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. This isn’t a given but most years they are visible during the fall plus you can take in the beauty of the Great Lakes!
7. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The Ozarks burst in to flames of fall colors one of the best ways to see it is on one of the many scenic train rides, like the one out of Branson.
8. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
While this area doesn’t make many lists it is in the heart of Johnny Appleseed country and has the full range of fall colors. Visit the Gettysburg history in the fall and see the amazing colors. Travel just a bit outside of Gettysburg for many festivals, carnivals and events like Colorfest in Thurmont Maryland.
The largest apple growing area in Pennsylvania is in Gettysburg. This photo was taken by Jim Cheney, writer, photographer and traveler from Uncovering PA.
9. Holmes County, Ohio
Visit Amish country and take in the views and amazing cooking. The Amish community has so much to offer from unique stays, to food, baked goods, handmade items and more! This area is rated one of the best for fall in the world!
10. Stowe, Vermont
Head to the home of Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream and the state with the highest concentration of Maple Leaf trees. Drive the Green Mountain Byway for the most beautiful drive you can imagine!
What are your favorite fall destinations?
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