13 Amazing Places To Enjoy Autumn In the USA This Year

Here in NZ we don’t get the full impact of Autumn with all our evergreen bush chugging along staying it’s beautiful green, but over in the States their deciduous forests explode into riots of oranges and yellows. This is the perfect atmosphere for sweaters, milos, books, and a bit of exploring. has sorted us out with their 13 top recommended picks for autumn this year, as well as a place to stay while you’re there.

Great Smoky Mountains – Tennesseemt-cammerer-sunrise-great-smoky-mountains-national-park

Leaf-peeping in the Great Smoky Mountains is a unique and awe-inspiring spectacle every autumn. The Smokies boast more than 100 species of native trees, presenting a wide range of colors and leaf-change timelines, which ensures the region’s kaleidoscope of colors is especially striking for even longer than in many other areas of the nation.


Where to stay: Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn & Spa in Pigeon Forge, TN

Aspen, Coloradoaspens_at_sunset_purgatory

Each fall, as crisp air arrives in Aspen, its namesake trees transform from a lush green to vibrant reds, oranges, and golds. Visitors descend on the area every autumn to bask in the golden glow of what are seemingly endless groves of exquisite aspen trees, making this one of the most uniquely stunning leaf-peeping destinations in the country.


Where to stay: Limelight Hotel in Aspen, CO

Lake Superior – Minnesotalake_maria_state_park

Come autumn, Lake Superior’s North Woods region ignites into a must-see fiery backdrop of orange, yellow and red hues set alongside the majesty of the world’s largest lake. A visit to the area would not be complete without peeping the leaves in and around Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, which is renowned for its namesake lighthouse that sits atop a rocky cliff more than 125-feet above the shore.


Where to stay: Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors, MN

Geneva Lake – Wisconsinfallcolorslakegeneva

With a storied history as a choice retreat destination for many of Chicago’s elite in the 19th century, Geneva Lake’s shores remain home to some of the most stunning homes and estates in the country. Many of these properties were designed by renowned landscape architects of the day who were tasked with ensuring the region’s beautiful autumn foliage palette sprung to life as vividly as possible.


Where to stay: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, WI

The Berkshires – Massachusettsnewengland_fall

Western Massachusetts’ Berkshires region is a quintessential autumn escape for those in search of a superb foliage display set amongst charming New England towns bursting with antique shops and art galleries—and all within a few hours drive from many of the Northeast’s metro hubs.


Where to stay: Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, MA

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