If you’re into mild temperatures and changing of the trees, autumn is the best time to travel with Global Discovery Vacations. Today is the official First Day of Autumn, the perfect time to start thinking about your fall vacation!
Here are five of the best places to experience the cool air and brilliant leaves:
This northern destination has any-demographic appeal, perfect for taking the whole family. River rafting, zip lining, natural parks, campsites, ATV riding and fishing are just the beginning of the limitless possibilities. If you aren’t a big fan of the mountains, the dense forests here would suit you perfectly.
Most people think of Colorado as a prime snow destination, but the colors can be downright breathtaking between September and October. If you do happen to make it to the Rockies in the fall, you’ll be able to hike, bike or ride on horseback surrounded by astonishing views.
Think Colorado with a lot more green. With the tall and mighty Douglas-fir trees as your backdrop, the natural wonders of Oregon can go surprisingly unappreciated by outsiders. When you’re around majestic Mount Hood, you have access to mountain trails at every stop including Mirror Lake and Multnomah Falls, the nation’s second largest waterfall. It’s impossible to escape the woodsy atmosphere, so you can truly immerse yourself in nature.
Seeing a sea of yellow and orange leaves in front of the beautiful blue of Lake Tahoe is something you just have to experience for yourself. As one of the more scenic fall destinations, it’s not so much the journey but the destination that makes Lake Tahoe shine in autumn. Make your way to Hope Valley or over to Emerald Bay for some of the best views.
Tennessee Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains are an explorers dream, with 800 miles of trails and something new to discover at every turn. The fall colors here are extravagant as well, making a mountain hike that much more appealing. We highly recommend one of the alpine slides and Ober Gatlinburg’s Oktoberfest this time of year.
While many people are home from their summer vacation, you can take advantage of the mild climates and amazing scenery while getting to see something that happens just a few weeks out of the year. Not to mention perfect photo opportunities for Shoot for the Stars entries!
What is your favorite place to visit in the fall? Let us know in the comments below!