Why is Denver first on our list? The Denver area boasts one of the longest-running autumn color seasons in the country! From around late September to mid-October, the golden groves of the aspen trees on the higher elevation areas of the Golden Gate Canyon State Park or Georgetown. These two beautiful locations are just a short drive from Denver! From early October through mid-November, Denver is properly painted with Fall hues! While walking through the city’s hundreds of parks or biking down the beautiful 40-mile tree-lined Cherry Creek Bike trail, you can really experience Fall!
The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Isn’t it romantic? A scenic trip down U.S. Route 6 in Pennsylvania is one of the greatest ways to see the vivid hues of the Pocono Mountains' reds, yellows, and oranges. Route 6 passes through picturesque communities like Milford, Hawley, and Honesdale, where you may enjoy fall celebrations such as the Hawley Harvest Hoedown and Honesdale's Harvest and Heritage Days. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with its 70,000 acres of woodlands and marshes, the state's two largest waterfalls, and over 100 miles of hiking trails, is another excellent viewing location.
The best time to see these colorful leaves in the Poconos varies depending on the area (north or south) and temperature progression in the fall. Still, you can usually expect the finest views from the last week of September to October. Check the Poconos Mountain website for the most up-to-date autumn foliage predictions.
Hike or bike up Bradbury Mountain, just outside town, to enjoy the greatest local foliage. After all, doing some exercise among the changing leaves is a simple way to justify all the excellent dining in this lobster-filled city. Harvest on the Harbor, a famous gourmet extravaganza, takes place every October. Highlights include Meet Your Maker tastings presenting the best of the Maine Distillers Guild and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, where audience members may sample and vote alongside professional judges.
This Kentucky community produces one-third of the world's bourbon whiskey, and residents celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month in September. However, you can celebrate all fall long along Louisville's roughly 50-stop Urban Bourbon Trail. The Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant (reopening in October 2022) is one stop, serving over 160 bourbons. Check out the greenery at Iroquois Park (built by Frederick Law Olmsted, widely renowned for NYC's Central Park) for a non-alcoholic stroll, and stay until after dark during October, when the annual Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular showcases 5,000 carved pumpkins.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Autumn months typically promise lower pricing, fewer visitors, and the opportunity to observe vibrant foliage, whether hiking or driving through Big or Little Cottonwood canyons. In September, SLC hosts the Utah State Fair, which includes a rodeo, while Snowbird hosts Oktoberfest for two months. As well as some years, there's enough snowfall here by Halloween to ski.
The Ozarks, Arkansas
The Ozark Mountains, located in northwest Arkansas, are the ideal place to explore the outdoors and enjoy the splendor of autumn's palette of rich golds, reds, oranges. The transition usually occurs around the second week of October and lasts until late October.
The Buffalo National River region near the little town of Ponca is one of the best places to see the leaves. This lovely natural spot in the highlands allows you to unplug and get away from it all.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
While many residents willingly bike around town in the dead of winter, for most people, October is the last hurrah for biking and running around the lakes. After that, attend one of the many Twin Cities fall festivals. In September, there is the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, which celebrates butterfly migration; in October, there is the Twin Cities Book Festival and Twin Cities Film Fest. Go see the Minnesota Vikings play at U.S. Bank Stadium to prove you're as tough as the locals.
While there are so many beautiful cities to experience Fall in, there is still more to be discovered! Each city gives its own flair to fall colors, from Brooklyn to New Orleans. Where have you experienced fall the best? Let us know!