At already the end of October most of the leaves in New England have changed and have passed their peak. If you haven’t been able to get out and see the fall magic, don’t worry because we have a list of places you can go in the U.S. for the remainder of fall to chase those gorgeous Autumn colors before they fade completely.
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1. Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Most people assume that fall foliage is only in New England, but southern parts of the country have beautiful changing leaves as well. Road tripping through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia will give you some vibrant colors and much warmer temperatures than up north. Make sure to stop in Helen, Georgia, a mountain town modeled after a quaint Bavarian village. Brasstown bald will have the best foliage viewing vantage point. Also don’t miss Tallulah Gorge State Park, where in November you can watch expert kayakers brave the rushing rapids.
If you live in New England and have time, head to western Massachusetts before the end of October. Visit the “Bridge of Flowers”, hike Mount Greylock, and take some photos at Bash Bish Falls. With winding roads that lead to beautiful vistas, and small town charm, you won’t be bored.
3. Great Smoky Mountains
Take a trip to this national park during late October/early November to see the vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds. You could kill two birds with one stone and do a road trip through Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Shenandoah National Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is 470 miles of beauty.
4. Columbia River Gorge
It’s true that most places north of Pennsylvania across the U.S. are past their peak colors, but if those of you on the west coast hurry you still should be able to see some beauty at the Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland. Then if you’re feeling adventurous head to the coast and road trip through the many state parks there. Don’t miss Cannon Beach.
5. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico
This 83-mile loop that starts and ends in Taos, New Mexico is full of fall colors from September through October. If you hurry you can still catch the show.
6. Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Again, this is another one that will be cutting it close. However, totally worth it if you get to see the stunning coastal scenery teeming with Autumn colors. Grab a group of friends and head on a weekend camping trip. Pack plenty of layers and venture through the 20+ forested state parks in the area and take some time to unplug.
7. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Perfect timing if this is where you want to go. This area is hitting prime peak colors this week. Plenty of opportunity to be outside, go for a bike ride, canoe down the river, or have a picnic.
8. Litchfield, Connecticut
Visit the rolling foothills around this town from late October to early November to experience some beautiful colors. While there, make sure to visit the village of New Preston which is perched above a waterfall on the Aspetuck River.
9. Mendocino, California
You may not think of it right off the bat, but Mendocino offers bright colors from late October through Thanksgiving that will have you thinking you are in New England.
10. Hot Springs, Arkansas
Head here in late October and November to witness some fall magic. You can fish, hike, go antiquing, and enjoy some time away from busy everyday life. Make sure you take time to relax in the area’s hot springs while you are there.
Other honorable fall foliage mentions that you should visit before mid-October are:
- Grand Marais, Minnesota
- Ridgeway, Colorado
- Bethel, Maine
- Stowe, Vermont
- Denali National Park, Alaska