The stunning colors of the US fall are globally renowned, but where are the best spots across the nation to catch a glimpse of the leaves as they move from green to rusty red, eye catching orange and sunny yellow?
Probably the best known spot in the US, the changing of the colours is taken very seriously in Vermont – you’ll find online sites where you can check by the hour for the state of the state’s trees, and there are all kinds of fall festivals to enjoy. Of course this shouldn’t be a surprise – Vermont is three quarters forest, and is famous the world over for its stunning natural beauty and landscape.
Top spots to view the changing of the colors include Burlington, and the Lake Champlain Islands. Why not visit South Hero, the island’s largest town and just 20 minutes drive away from Burlington – if you’re feeling energetic there are plenty of bike rides you can do on the islands that allow you to take in both the fresh air and the stunning shades of the trees.
Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts
The winding Mohawk Trail travels through the Berkshire Mountains, with plenty of picturesque towns along the way. If you are an outdoors enthusiast looking for a thrilling activity to enjoy, then you certainly need to stop off at Charlemont, known for its zip lines, alpine skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking and hiking. Williamstown offers the classic views of this part of the country, with church spires backed by snowy mountains and stunning forests, and also has a variety of tourist attractions.
The Adirondacks, upstate New York
This part of New York is dotted with pick-your-own apple orchards, which look particularly appealing during the changing of the colors. If you are searching for serenity on your fall trip, book a stay on the shores of Upper Saranac lake, which has a number of high end guest houses and lodges on its banks.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
This mountainous area is a fantastic place to witness different stages of the fall color change – trees at the highest elevation, including American beeches and birches, will turn first, followed by scarlet oaks, sugar maples, sweetgums and dogwoods. Visit from mid September to the middle of October to see the transition in action.