10 Fall Travel Ideas Your Family Will Love

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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

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Catskills, New York by Ken Schwartz is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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!

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Brasstown Bald Sign by The Unquiet Librarian is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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!

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Sign at the Great Smokey Mountains taken by Georgia-based freelance travel blogger, Apryl Chapman Thomas from Southern Hospitality Magazine Traveler.

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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!

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Upper Peninsula, Michigan taken by James Marvin Phelps is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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.

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Lake of the Ozarks by Missouri Division of Tourism is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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.

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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!

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Holmes County, Ohio by Steve Grant is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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!

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Vermont by Stanley Zimny is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0,

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13 Responses to “10 Fall Travel Ideas Your Family Will Love”

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  1. Allison Hill says:

    How can you NOT fall in love with each and every one of these places? Even just looking at them reminds me why I love fall so much. Its the season of so many vibrant things like the colors, the smells… am definitely putting at least ONE of these on my bucket list for a fall visit.
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  2. Twitter:
    Hi Joanne, this is a wonderful fall post, has so many beautiful pictures, like taking a tour.

    Thanks for stopping by to linkup this week, hope you have a great weekend!!

  3. Twitter:
    Aspen and ANYWHERE in Vermont are on my “must visit” list. I love fall. My kids actually needed a hoodie to walk the school the other day. Of course it was in the 90s when they came home but we are on the right track!!

  4. Twitter:
    Thank you for sharing, I love all the beautiful pics! I want to go to all of them! Each of them look awesome in there own way!

  5. Twitter:
    All of those places look amazing! I want to go to all of them!! Thank you so much for sharing. Love the pics of the beautiful Fall season…

  6. Bri says:

    It would be a joy to be at the Upper Peninsula during the peak of Fall. The scenery is so beautiful. The family would love it.

  7. Amanda says:

    I was just thinking about planning a trip before fall gets away from me! I’d love to travel to so many of these places- but I think it will be the VA or NC mountains for us this year. We can easily do the drive in a few hours for several days of fun!
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  8. Trisha says:

    These all seem like perfect fall travel destinations! I’ve always wanted to visit the Catskills. My husband and I have actually talked about returning to Gettysburg during the fall months. I’m not sure if we will take the trip back this year but we will someday!

  9. Pam says:

    I have been to many of those places but not in the fall. Since I worked for a school district for so many years, it was impossible to take vacation that time of year. Now that I am retired, I plan on revisiting some of these locations in the fall. I would love to start with Vermont!

  10. Jennifer B says:

    I live in Florida too and every year I really miss the beauty of the leaves changing color. I would love to visit some of these amazing places!

  11. Mary says:

    Love these. I grew up in South Carolina and Georgia and loved roaming the Smokey Mountain. So many good memories. Now living in Texas I would also add Texas Hill Country. Of course fall is more like January/February but it is still beautiful

  12. Jen V. says:

    We love hiking in the fall and seeing all of nature’s splendor. One of these days, I am going to get down to the Smoky Mountains when the leaves are changing. It’s on my bucket list.
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    Wow these are beautiful places to visit. So much color and beauty. I think that’s the only thing I miss living in FL is watching the leaves change color.
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