Best Fall Foliage in the U.S.

By Harpreet Kaur Deol

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The summer months are slowly coming to an end, and fall is fast approaching. The leaves go from vibrant green to warming tones of yellow and orange. The warm summer breeze is slowly turning into a chillier and fresher wind. The days get shorter, but they’re still packed with fun, and we have our top picks for cities in the U.S. to visit to make sure you continue making colorful memories this fall.

Montana and it’s Glacier National Park are spectacular in the fall. If you visit around the end of September, although the park’s concessions will have closed, this will mean that most other guests have gone home. This is great for you and your loved ones to be able to spend some quality time together while enjoying the scenery. Be sure to check out the snow-covered peaks of the mountains along the Continental Divide with a hike or a bike ride! Imagine waking up and preparing your dinner with the sun setting over the fall foliage in this yurt near Glacier National Park.

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Lake getaways in Missouri offer the opportunity for you to truly admire the beauty of all aspect of nature. This pet-friendly, lakefront caboose has hammocks for you to watch the world go by. You’ll be able to feel the breeze running through your hair as the sun glistens on the lake and the fall leaves, making them seem as if they were glowing. And who says barbecues are just for summer? Take advantage of the on-site barbecue at this luxury accommodation for a fall grill-out.

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California is our third and final pick of places to see the best fall foliage in the U.S., thanks to its vast woodlands, including Yosemite National Park. California’s Eastern Sierra region is known for the grand maple trees that boast impressive leaves and the black oaks that look their best in mid-to-late October.

This family-owned ranch is just to the east of the park and is perfect for families, couples, or a group of friends to get away from it all. While glamping in California, enjoy horseback riding through the big, colorful pastures with views of the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains. These scenic views offer the opportunity for spectacular pictures to be taken, so don’t forget to pack your camera, your happiest glamping grin, and your best horseback riding pose!

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Don’t forget to have a look at our Best Fall Foliage and Weekend Fall Getaways collections, too! Featuring accommodations in the New England region, as well as North Carolina and New York, you'll get plenty of fall vacation ideas and have no excuses to book the best fall trip you've had to date.