Summer is winding down which means it is time to plan your fall foliage adventures. Here are the best east coast vacation spots for this autumn (in no specific order).
Take advantage of the dwindling warm days and enjoy cool nights by the camp fire in New Hampshire’s lakes region. Only a two hour drive from Boston, Lake Winnipesaukee is an easy weekend getaway destination where you can admire the foliage from a scenic railroad ride or hike up Mount Major for the breathtaking views (seen in the picture above). You can experience one of New England’s most charming downtowns in Wolfeboro, NH. Nicknamed “The Oldest Summer Resort in America,” Wolfeboro offers a lakefront downtown with galleries, locally-owned shops and charming bistros such as Mise en Place.
Plan your lakefront weekend getaway at one of FlipKey’s properties near Lake Winnipesaukee.
For a family-friendly fall getaway, consider visiting the Berkshires in the Western Massachusetts. October 11-12, you can celebrate local artisans and farmers in Stockbridge for the Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest festival. This event includes some of New England’s best antiquing, food trucks and a “Hall of Pumpkins.” You can also enjoy New England’s harvest by apple picking at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, tasting some award-winning farmstead cheese at Cricket Creek in Williamstown or sipping a delicious coffeehouse porter at Berkshire Brewing Co in South Deerfield.
Prepare your appetite for the fall harvest at one of our properties in the Berkshires.
Visit the oldest national park east of the Mississippi river, Acadia National Park to combine your fall travels-needs with the beautiful rocky Maine coast. The Carriage Roads provide 45 miles of trails where no motor vehicles are allowed. You can relax and take in the beauty of the changing leaves and rustic stone bridges (seen in the picture above) by booking a horse-drawn carriage ride with Wildwood Stables. Reservations are recommended.
Book a vacation rental in the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island region for great accommodation close to plenty of fall activities.
If you are looking for fall outdoor activities but also craving lederhosen and libations, make the Adirondacks your fall destination. In upstate New York, the Adirondacks Mountains cover over 6.1 million acres making the state park larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined. There are plenty of options for hiking, biking and fishing. More importantly, Lake Placid hosts an Oktoberfest and a Brewfest in October featuring dozen of craft breweries. Other notable fall festivals worth catching are the Flaming Leaves Festival for blues, brews and BBQ and the Lederhosen 5K.
Travel to New York’s best kept secret for your fall travels.
Only a couple hours away from Washington DC, Baltimore and Pittsburg, the crisp mountain air and picturesque scenery make Western Maryland one of the best fall east coast vacation spots. Book a vacation rental in Deep Creek Lake for nearby hiking, kayaking and more. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is a must-do. Starting in Cumberland, this ride explores the historic tunnels and breath-taking mountain ranges of fall foliage. They even offer specialty train rides such as murder mystery trains.
Plan your adventures to Western Maryland today.
Berkeley Springs is located in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. The town has historically attracted visitors, most notably George Washington, due to the local mineral springs. You can still visit the country’s first spa to experience Berkeley Springs’s Roman baths. They have truly mastered the art high art of massage and bathing using the natural hot springs. There is no better way to warm your spirits for the impending cold winter. Make sure to check out the Berkeley Springs Castle (in the picture above), a registered historical landmark which will make you feel transported to European medieval times but is also reported to be haunted by the original owners, Colonel Samuel Taylor Suite and his wife Rosa.
You’ve worked hard! Reward yourself with a relaxing (and spooky) weekend in Berkeley Spring.
If you have seen enough leaves, why not consider a knocking a city off your bucket list. The cool fall breeze is perfect for exploring any city. My suggestion is Philadelphia for cheese steaks, liberty and justice for all. Philly has plenty of fun fall festivals such as a Pumpkin Fest, the international Dragon Boat Festival and Harry Potter weekend. Other top attractions include Philadelphia’s magic garden for art-lovers, Reading Terminal Market for local vendors and Monk’s Café for the beer connoisseurs.
Hang out in Philadelphia in one of FlipKey’s luxurious lofts, house boats or historic homes.
If you are looking for bohemian city culture along with the best hiking for fall foliage, Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains will be your perfect fall destination. Asheville offers excellent locally-sourced restaurants and over 17 farmer’s markets. Nearby Asheville, the Blue Ridge parkway’s 469 miles of scenic driving (seen in the picture above) is perfect for foliage photo ops or fall motorcycle trips.
Cruise through the scenic mountain range in the Blue Ridge Parkway and then spend your night in charming Asheville for your fall trip.
Salem is without a doubt the best Halloween-themed fall destination. Just an hour from Boston in the North Shore, Salem is a charming coastal town filled with the mysteries and history of the Salem Witch trials. There are plenty of witch-craft boutiques and historic tours such as the Hocus Pocus tours. Visit the House of the Seven Gables, the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England which inspired Nathanial Hawthorne’s novel or take a stroll on the Salem Heritage Trail to navigate your way through Salem’s rich history.
Grab your broom and plan your stay in Massachusetts’s north shore for accommodation close to historic Salem.
Make sure to add Savannah to your fall bucket list. Forsyth Park (seen in the picture above) and Savannah’s historic district will take your breath away when they are highlighted by the vibrant fall foliage. There is plenty to do and see in Savannah. It is also full of fun fall events like the Savannah Jazz Festival, an Oktoberfest, and the River Street Crawl-o-Ween pub crawl.
Take off to historic Savannah for the best fall vacation today.
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