We truly love Fall: the maple leaves, warm earth tone colors, apple cider, hay rides! Fall is also a great time to take a weekend excursion to explore some of Mother Nature’s hidden gems. No matter where you are located in the US, we guarantee there is a special location you can escape to for the weekend either solo or with your loved ones. We guarantee your Instagram account will be happy you took the trip too :) Check out our top picks for fall excursions this season and don’t forget to check out some essentials you should not forget at home when you are traveling!
- Catskills, NY
Just a short drive outside of New York City (approximately 2.5 hours if you leave before weekend traffic!) immerse yourself among the grandeur of New York State: mountains, watering holes, small charming towns. Fun areas like Woodstock keep the 60s alive with funky shops and history about the town and its infamous music festival. We heard there is an incredible hiking trail on Overlook Mountain.Visit the official Discover Catskills website here.
- Cape May, NJ
We know Cape May is very popular among the summer crowd but we guarantee you’ll love this place just as much in the autumn too. Book yourself a hotel room in one of the precious colonial style B&B’s, take a bike ride along Beach Avenue, and check out some cute shops on Washington Avenue. For more information visit the official Cape May tourism site here.
- North Fork, Long Island
Ah yes, how could we include a Fall travel list without mentioning the lush vineyards in North Fork, Long Island. This location is great for people who want to get away for a day. If you are in the NYC area luckily there are a lot of mass transit options. If you and your friend’s feel like splurging you can look into renting a bus tour which will take you to the many vineyards in North Fork. We could suggest a website but there are so many vineyards to choose from we recommend googling according to your favorite kind of wine and taking it from there!
- Berkshires, MA
We know this area is popular among Boston urbanites and who can blame them? Its quiet, serene, and not too far from the city. We heard The Mohawk Trail has stunning fall foilage. Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Head over to Ramblewild. A fan of Norman Rockwell? Head over to the Norman Rockwell Museum located in Stockbridge.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC and TN
Situated between North Carolina and Tennessee is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is such an ideal trip for couples, families, and for yourself! Wildlife, historic cottages, and breathtaking views-this is a trip well worth it. We suggest visiting the official website here for updates, alerts, and more important information to plan your trip.
- Katy Trail, MO
Looking for place where you,you, and you can unwind and relax? If you are up for it, the Katy Trail in Missouri might be just the place for you. This 237 mile trail stretches across Missouri and is ideal if you want to hike or bike it. Many B&B’s, wineries, and other small businesses are open along the trail providing lots of rest stop opportunities.
- Picacho State Park, AZ
We heard this is a fantastic campsite in the Fall. In fact this state park is closed during Summer months to prep for the autumn season. Choose from over 80 camp sites and book yourself a cave tour while you are at it!
- Healdsburg, CA
Looking for something like Napa Valley but a little less touristy? Healdsburg, located within the Sonoma County has an abundance of vineyards and restaurants with farm to table dishes. We swear by the freshness of their produce! Their town square is full of cute shops with local artists playing music.
- Maroon Bells, CO
Want to feel like a real frontiersman? We highly recommend visiting the Maroon Bells in Colorado. We guarantee you’ll recognize these mountains because they are the most popular and perhaps the most photographed mountains in all of Colorado. There is an abundance of activities to be had at Maroon Bells including hiking, fishing, cycling, so on and so forth. For more information click here.
- Columbia River Gorge, OR
You’ve probably heard of “the Gorge” one way or another in your lifetime. Take this opportunity to visit the historic landmark. You have the option to drive alongside the famous river or if water sports are your style you can even go kayaking or rafting in the river. Rent a room at a local B&B and take in the breathtaking view of the 208 foot Wah Gwin Gwin waterfall.
Ready to take one (or more) of these trips this Fall? Here are some essentials you’ll want to pack for your excursion!