The leaves are starting to shed their green hues for fiery crimson and orange and the air is getting crisp! It must mean that fall is on the way and with that comes exciting roadtrips across the country. You won’t want to miss these scenic views, nature trails, and cozy weekend ideas. Wether you want a romantic break or a wilderness escape, these fall foliage weekend getaways in the United States have got you covered. See gorgeous fall foliage, pick pumpkins and indulge in warm apple cider donuts, the best of fall is right here. You’re going to love these fall getaway ideas and if you are looking for even more inspiration, check out these 6 weekend getaway ideas in Canada to see fall foliage!
1. The White Mountains, New Hampshire
The Colors of Autumn in the White Mountains are spectacular! Every September and October, people come from all over the world to see the leaves changing. From the road, it looks like the mountains are hand painted in shades of yellows, reds and oranges. The Kancamagus Highway is one of the most famous foliage drives in the United States, with sweeping views of the White Mountains. My favorite spot is Crawford Notch State Park – if you drive Crawford Notch Road you will find a gorgeous spot along Saco River with foliage reflecting in the lake right by the side of the road.
There are lots of romantic inns and bed and breakfasts to stay at in the White Mountains but make sure to book early as it can get very busy this time of the year.
2 The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Heading to Western Massachusetts during the fall foliage season is a perfect way to experience everything the area has to offer while being submerged in intense color. Surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery, forests and valleys, there are an abundance of walks and drives you can take here. One of the most famous drives, particularly for enjoying fall foliage, is The Mohawk Trail (route 2), a historic route that goes right through the northern Berkshire mountains.
You can also hike (or drive) to the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts offering sweeping views just made for leaf-peeping. Whatever you do, don’t miss a vibrant hike through Mohawk Trail State Forest which covers 6000 acres of wood and mountain ridge. It’s one of the most scenic areas in Massachusetts at any time of year, but in Fall you’re in for something special.
Make sure you visit one of the many local orchards for cider and apple picking.
3. Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Often described as the number one destination for a fall foliage weekend getaway in the United States, the Upper Peninsula is breathtaking. A wild place brimming with wildlife, the Upper Peninsula really does have it all, getting lost in over seven million acres of hardwood forest during this fiery season is well worth the journey over.
You’ll also be treated to the sight of the three great lakes: Huron, Superior, and Michigan so the epic photo opportunities are endless. There are numerous trails you can follow in the area but if you’re ready for a spectacular Fall hike then the 4.5 miles up to Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the area, is breathtaking. Or you can go for the famous Chapel Loop hike that will take you along the cliffs above Lake Superior where you can enjoy views of the foliage as well as the unique geological formations of the coastline.
If water sports are more your thing and you’d rather weave your way through the foliage then you absolutely shouldn’t miss the 35-mile canoe trail found in Hiawatha National Forest or the 100-mile paddling trail which starts in McLain State Park and takes you around Lake Superior. Getting lost in nature is what fall foliage weekends are all about and whether you’re looking for some accessible trails or more challenging hikes you’ll find it here.