The crisp, cool months of autumn are American’s favorite time of the year.
A poll from StudyFinds suggests Fall is the overwhelming favorite for best season. 51% of the people polled said Autumn was their preferred season.
Many folks attribute their fondness for Fall to the cooler weather, colorful leaves, festivals, fairs, and Halloween. That made us wonder, where are the best places to see Autumn in all of its splendor? Here’s our list of the Best Places for Fall Getaways based on sightseeing, weather, and affordability:
The mainland’s northernmost state offers a quintessential fall experience. The Autumn colors in New England are the stuff of legend and the Portland area is arguably the greatest place in the nation to view fall scenery. The Portland metro area is also home to iconic lighthouses, craft beer galore, and unrivaled seafood.
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
If you prefer a more temperate fall with less wind, the southeastern United States has an abundance of fall foliage as well. Asheville is in a prime location for nature seekers. The city is centered between the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests. There’s also an abundance of fall festivals, craft breweries, or live music to enjoy. Asheville’s thriving farming industry sets it apart as a destination for Autumn harvests.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
The first of several National Parks on our list, the Great Smoky Mountains are a sure-fire way to enjoy Fall. On top of being the most visited National Park annually, this federally-protected area boasts some of best Autumn scenery in America. The Smokies are also a short drive from the countless attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
The scenic views from Yellowstone are incredible year-round, but you can enjoy especially great sightseeing during Fall. The Autumn colors are a photographer’s dream. Visitors also get the opportunity to see more wildlife compared to other seasons, due to the mating and migration patterns of the animals.
JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Jackson Hole has a strong reputation for jaw-dropping sights. Situated near the Grand Tetons Mountain Range, Jackson Hole offers a down-home atmosphere that imitates life in the Old West. What it lacks in foliage, it more than makes up for with towering mountains, deep valleys, rushing rivers, and diverse wildlife.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
This coastal town has some of the most desirable Autumn weather. It’s location along the southern Atlantic Coast allows for mild temperatures and breathtaking views. Here are just a few of the attractions lined up each Fall in Charleston: a hot air balloon festival, America’s first theatre, horse racing at Steeplechase, farmer’s markets, art museums, craft fairs, and live music.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
While the Grand Canyon is situated in a desert, Autumn is the best time to visit. Visitors can avoid the summertime crowding and the intense heat. Prices for lodging also typically plummet during the Fall. A trip to the Grand Canyon could be just what the doctor ordered.