The cool weather and fresh air of autumn are appealing enough that by mid-October, you’re likely thinking about where you can get out in nature next weekend and enjoy it. With beautiful leaves changing color in many parts of the country, there’s even more reason to find yourself wandering through some wilderness. There’s no shortage of gorgeous fall landscapes to explore across the United States, so here’s a list of the top destination within each geographic region to get you started on your fall getaway planning.
- Bradford, Pennsylvania
In the Northeast, stunning fall leaves take center stage. This little town in Northwest Pennsylvania is a prime example, erupting in vibrant shades of orange, yellow, and red each autumn. Various charming lodges and B&B’s offer plenty of options to make a weekend of it. Driving or strolling through this countryside is easily one of the most perfect ways to spend an autumn afternoon.
2. Charleston, South Carolina
Smack in the middle of the Southeast United States, Charleston offers an abundance of southern charm. Beautiful cobblestone streets and historic plantations will bring you back in time while offering plenty of entertainment. The dining scene in the city is booming, so consider taking a culinary tour of the town, trying specialties at many different restaurants.
3. Saugatuck, Michigan
Historically an artists’ getaway, this small town lies on a stretch of land between Lake Michigan and Kalamazoo Lake. It has plenty of unique art galleries, as well as many outdoor activities, such as strolling along the beach or paddlewheel boat cruises. B&B’s are rampant here, so definitely consider these when hunting down a place to stay. The cozy atmosphere will certainly enhance your fall retreat.
4. Rancho Santa Fe, California
This small town thirty miles north of San Diego was once the preferred destination of many 1930’s Hollywood stars. The world-class golf course, mansions, and horseback riding that you find here can be traced to that history. With both beaches to stroll and countryside to explore on horseback, this laid-back town has plenty to keep you occupied for the weekend.
5. Taos, New Mexico
The artsy vibe of this charming New Mexican town can be traced to the many artists of the late 19th and early 20th century who worked and vacationed here, including Georgia O’Keeffe. In the middle of the mountains, this town features the historic Taos Pueblo with plenty of fascinating Native American history to delve into. With beautiful leaves ready to be captured for Instagram mid-hike and tasty margaritas in town, you really can’t go wrong with this Southwestern getaway.