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Top 10 Destinations in the US for Leaf Peeping this Fall

It’s hard to believe that August is coming to an end already, but that means that Autumn is just around the corner! If you’re anything like our team you love the coziness of the season and what better way to celebrate Fall than by venturing out to view nature’s greatest work - the changing of the leaves!

Here are our top 10 destinations to leaf peep this autumn:

Asheville, North Carolina

Just a couple hours North of Atlanta sits the hip town, Asheville. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway for some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see!

Where to stay: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Best time to visit: Late October

Walland, Tennessee

Nestle into the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy nature at its best. You might even see a black bear or two!

Where to stay: Blackberry Farm or Blackberry Mountain
Best time to visit: Mid to late October

Woodstock, Vermont

When you imagine quintessential fall what do you think of? Cozy fires, hot cocoa, flannel, and pumpkins, right? That cozy image you’ve conjured up comes to life in Woodstock each year and you’ll never want to celebrate the season anywhere else.

Where to stay: Woodstock Inn and Resort
Best time to visit: Last couple of weeks of September through the first week of October

Beaver Creek, Colorado

A must-visit for hikers and adventurists! While Autumn may be Colorado’s shortest season it is definitely not one to miss!

Where to stay: Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch
Best time to visit: Early to mid October

Kennebunkport, Maine

New England is hands down one of the best places to find autumn foliage. If you want to catch the fall colors early this year then Maine is the place to be as the colors will change here first.

Where to stay: Hidden Pond
Best time to visit: The last week of September and first week of October

Calistoga, California

Wine and Fall foliage. Nuff said.

Where to stay: Calistoga Ranch an Auberge Resort
Best time to visit: Mid to late October through early November

Park City, Utah

Most of us think of snow sports and a winter wonderland when we think of Park City, but this year when we all want to avoid the crowds of a busy ski resort, try heading over to Utah for the fall colors instead.

Where to stay: Montage Deer Valley
Best time to visit: Early to mid October

Newport, Rhode Island

Set on the coast of Aquidneck Island, Newport will provide a completely different form of scenery for leaf peeping than any other destination on our list. Think Yachts and Gilded Age Mansions.

Where to stay: The Chandler at Cliff Walk
Best time to visit: Mid October

Lenox, Massachusetts

Take a road trip through The Berkshires for a canopy of fall foliage. Then enjoy a wellness retreat at Canyon Ranch.

Where to stay: Canyon Ranch
Best time to visit: The month of October

Lake Oconee, Georgia

If you need to wait a little further into Autumn before making plans for a weekend getaway, Georgia is a great place to catch late color change.

Where to stay: The Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee
Best Time to visit: Last two weeks of October and first week of November

Are you ready to do some leaf peeping now? Reach out to your Olsen-O'Leary Travel Advisor or contact us at to see how we can provide added amenities such as room upgrades and resort credits to each of these destinations.

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