There’s no shortage of spots to take in the changing of the autumn leaves. We’ve compiled six more gorgeous destinations where you can enjoy prime leaf-peeping this season.
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
This National Forest is the perfect place to get lost—just hopefully not literally. Foliage in the Ozarks peaks a bit later than most places. The change begins around October 15th and truly hits its colorful stride from the 26th through November 5th. This is due to the variety of trees, which include maple, hickory, beech, and ash.
While it’s best known for its top-notch ski resorts, Stowe is just as beautiful in the fall as it is in the winter. The town also has numerous B&Bs and romantic inns. It’s ideal for a honeymoon or intimate getaway. Plus, the governor of Vermont recently declared that the state has the best foliage in the world, so you’ll get some bragging rights
North Conway, New Hampshire
Way up near the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The Kancamagus Highway is the ultimate leaf-peeping road. Beyond the gorgeous leaves, you’ll see the White Mountains, Rocky Gorge, Lower Falls, and more. There are plenty of places to stop along the 34-mile stretch for food and fun if you need it. But, the scenic beauty should probably keep you
Galena, a small town in northwestern Illinois, is your quintessential fall destination in the midwest: beautiful fields, stunning vineyards, and lots of places to take a hike and admire the colorful foliage. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a kayak or canoe, or try a zip-lining tour with Long Hollow Canopy Tours, which takes you up 75 feet for an unforgettable view.
This college town in Western Virginia is a picture-perfect place to enjoy beautiful foliage and get away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Sugar Hollow, and the Downtown Mall are all great vantage points.
The capital city of Wyoming—and its surrounding area—might not be the first place you associate with changing leaves, but it’s a hidden gem of the west. Just about a half-hour drive from the city, you’ll find Medicine Bow National Forest, the perfect place for a hike and some leaf-gazing. Closer into town, head to Lions Park and Curt Gowdy State Park.