Fall is one of the best times of year to travel and explore new, exciting destinations. One of the most impressive and memorable fall activities to enjoy is witnessing the stunning fall foliage in various places across the country, as leaves transform into brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. It is also a great time to enjoy many festivals and events. The following are 8 of the best fall destinations to look forward to where you can benefit from the sights of gorgeous fall foliage and participate in other festive autumn activities.
1. Denver, CO
The month of October is when the foliage takes center stage in Denver. Two of the best places to enjoy the leaves are along High Line Canal or Cherry Creek Bike Trail, which is lined with yellow cottonwood trees. For beer lovers, there are also a ton of brew fests during the fall in Denver, including the Great American Beer Festival, the Denver Beer Fest and Denver Oktoberfest.
2. Portland, ME
One of the best places to view the local fall foliage in Portland, Maine is to go right outside of town and hike up to the top of Bradbury Mountain. Or you can use the bike-sharing Zagster program to bike around. The highly acclaimed Harvest on the Harbor food festival takes place in October.
Fall, of course, includes plenty of back-to-school excitement in Boston. Many of the leading bookstores like Harvard Book Store and Brookline Booksmith have plenty of events and readings in the fall. The best local foliage can be enjoyed during the early fall by taking a walk around the Harvard Arnold Arboretum. Frog Pond opens on Boston Common in mid-November where you can enjoy ice skating.
4. Providence, RI
The capital of Rhode Island is transformed into the perfect combination of urban and pastoral charms in the fall. The daytime hours are lit up with blazing foliage, while bonfires from WaterFire line the rivers of the city – illuminating the night sky in October. Iron Pour takes place at Halloween time , where steel working is transformed by Steel Yard into live performance art.
5. Chicago, IL
Early autumn features crisp, cool weather in Chicago along with numerous world-renowned festivals and events. September features the Hyde Park Jazz Festivals, Riot Fest, and World Music Festival. There is also plenty of beautiful fall foliage to enjoy in the Windy City in autumn.
6. Savannah, GA
There are plenty of haunted sights to be enjoyed, along with the autumn leaves, in Savannah during the fall. There are haunted hotels such as the 17Hundred90 Inn, haunted pub crawls and the City of the Dead Tour hosted by Blue Orb. There are also plenty of culinary festivals to enjoy in the falls, including Savannah Bacon Festival that takes place in September and the southern-Jewish food festival Shalom Y’all that is held in late October.
7. San Francisco
The best time to take a “summer vacation” in the Bay Area is the fall. While summer tends to be foggy and chilly, fall is more likely to be sunny and warm. It is a very good time to enjoy a diverse mixture of events, ranging from the International Dragon Boat Festival to the Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival.
8. Santa Fe
Fall is chile harvest season in Santa Fe. The aroma of roasted peppers emanates from the roadside stands during this time of year. Early October is a great time to enjoy a beautiful drive along Aspen Vista trail to view gorgeous fall foliage, while the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place in October.