Stunning fall foliage can be seen all across the US, meaning that you likely will not have to travel too far to experience some incredibly scenic views. From the mountains of Upstate New York to the forests of Michigan, these are some of the best fall foliage trips to take in the US.
Adirondack Mountains, New York
New York’s Adirondack Mountains are famous for their fall colors, with Lake Placid, in particular, being home to a stretch of particularly picturesque foliage. With red and silver maples, aspen, oaks, and birch trees, the colors are at their best around early to mid October, and there are many different ways to explore the landscape. The numerous walking trails give you an up-close and personal view of these vibrant hues, while a ride on the Fall Foliage Train Tour on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will reward you with some unforgettable views.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
The Columbia River Gorge, which stretches for 80 miles between northern Oregon and southern Washington, is a thrilling site no matter the time of year you choose to visit, but, in the fall, the area takes on an almost surreal effect. Home to big-leaf maples, firs, Oregon ash and twisted pines, the golden hues that can be seen here will definitely impress. Whether you choose to hike through the one of the many trails, or raft down the river, there are multiple ways in which you can take in the breathtaking fall foliage of Oregon.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Lake Geneva is known for its sprawling mansions, which were built here in the late 19th century. It was also around this time when some of the country’s top landscape architects were employed to work on the grounds of the area, and they planted trees that would fill the area with fall colors for as long as possible. This means that those hoping to catch the fall foliage can pay a visit to Lake Geneva anytime from early September until November, with this prolonged time frame making the bw extremely popular in the fall. The drive along Snake Road will reward you with some of the prettiest fall foliage in the USA, but you can also enjoy the hues while on a cruise, or even from a hot air balloon.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
With the largest state forest system in the eastern US, you have over 20 forested state parks to choose from when it comes to viewing the fall foliage in Michigan. The Upper Peninsula is home to a diverse array of trees, but the most colorful highlights are the ash, aspen, beech, maple, sycamore, oak and tamarack, while the calm waters that back the forests reflect these already-dazzling autumnal shades. The best time to visit is in early October, although the fall display starts in mid September and lasts until mid October.
Whether you head off on a leaf peeping trip every year, or simply want to make the most of the incredible colors this fall, these destinations can all guarantee some unforgettable foliage. From the dramatic views over the Columbia River Gorge to the leafy golden arches over Lake Geneva’s Snake Road, now is the ideal time to begin planning a fall foliage getaway.