The good thing about fall is that even if you simply walk the streets or sit in a park; you will still have plenty to see. Essentially; you can do nothing but still keep your senses busy with the beautiful fall colors.
Fall is extraordinary in the US. The crips air can feel as fresh as a newly-bloomed daisy and the nature bestows the land with its wonderful gift of fall fragrances – distinct and delicious. If you are heading to the US at any time in the fall, consider including the following places in your itinerary. You can have one of the best fall vacations by choosing any one of these spots.
Hudson Valley, New York
By mid-October, the Hudson Valley is a stunning landscape of vibrant orange and red; punctuated by various shades of green. The glass-like gliding river in the midst of it all adds to its allure.
For experiencing the best fall vacations, plan a trip to NYC and then drive to Hudson Valley. You can also take the train from NYC to the place. Minnewaska State Park is one of the best places for leaf-peeping activity (as admiring the fall foliage is endearingly called as). Walk around the Ashokan Reservoir to enjoy the scenery all around you.
Hudson Valley is also the perfect spot for apple-picking activities. Try the Jenkins Leuken Orchards at 69 Yankee Folly Road. You can also find a really nice pumpkin patch here.
If you are traveling with kids in tow, then the Hudson Valley is one of the best places for a fall vacation in the US. With so many fun activities to do here, you won’t have a dull moment. Along with leaves and apples, also try cycling on the famous Walkill Rail Trail. Check out the beautiful villages dotted all along the valley, and explore the historic mansions such as the Clermont House or the Mills Mansion.
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
For one of the best fall vacation experiences in the US, visit the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
You can first head to Philadelphia and then explore the beautiful scenery in the state’s northeastern region by visiting the Poconos. It is easily reachable via road from Philadelphia. So, you can plan a day trip to the Poconos while also setting time out to see the many attractions in Philadelphia. It is also only two hours away from NYC via road.
Choose any one of the many hiking trails in the area. A good option is the Bushkill Falls; where you can soak in the beauty of eight falls and hike to your heart’s content while enjoying the gorgeous fall colors all around you. Another hiking option is the Ricketts Glen State Park, which abounds in breathtaking trails.
You can also choose to stay in one of many campgrounds or cabins in the area. There is nothing like staying amidst nature to admire the colors and beauty of fall and the Pocono Mountain region is just perfect for one of the best fall vacations in the east coast of the United States.
You can take flights to Philadelphia from Mumbai, Delhi, or other Indian metro cities in case you wish to just explore some east coast US locations in the fall.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Exploring the scenery on a hot air balloon can be one of the best fall vacations. If you are in the city in October, do not miss the opportunity to attend the world’s biggest hot air balloon festival (Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®). Kids especially may love the balloons in different and distinct shapes such as cars, birds, and animals. You can check the dates for the festival before planning your holiday. It lasts for up to nine days; so, visitors and locals alike have plenty of time to enjoy the festival.
You can also enjoy other fall activities in New Mexico such as visiting the museums. Some famous ones are the American International Rattlesnake Museum, 516 Arts, Albuquerque Museum, etc.
Albuquerque is also famous for its craft beer scene. And as the oldest wine-growing region in the US, New Mexico offers plenty of opportunities to sample the region’s finest wines as well as explore its history. You can indulge in plenty of fall-special activities in and around Albuquerque; allowing you to take one of the best fall vacations in the US.
If you are traveling to Colorado in the fall, Aspen is a good place to explore the fall colors. Yes, the town is mainly famous for its skiing slopes. But before the snow covers the land, you can bask in the gorgeous scenery of the region. Its location amidst the Rocky Mountains makes it one of the most scenic places in the country. You can travel to Aspen via the country’s highest pass at 12000 ft – the Independence Pass. You can head to Maroon Bells to see some glorious mountain peaks in the US. You can fly to Denver from India and then drive to Aspen. It can be one of the best fall vacations in the USA.
Seattle on the west coast may not be the first city to come to mind to visit in the fall. But it offers plenty of opportunities to explore the fall season in the USA.
This city is famous for its farmers markets, cafés, and breweries. During this season, you will encounter minimal rainfall in the city; making it quite ideal to explore its streets and markets. Do not miss trying out the pumpkin beer when out and about in the city. Visit its many parks such as the Washington Park Arboretum, Kubota Garden, Lincoln Park, Discovery Park, and many more.
If you are looking for the best fall vacations in the US then head to Seattle. Even if this city is last in your fall travel itinerary, you can easily take flights from Seattle to India. You will find good options for connecting flights. You can also head to Seattle first and then travel to the east coast and fly back to India. You can opt for Indian Eagle flight-booking services to book cheap or last-minute flights.
So, are you all set for your fall vacation in the US?