Where to See the Fall Leaves Change
The best places to take in the fall leavesIf I had to pick a favorite season, fall would win hands down. The cool breeze, the rainbow of color, and the promise of gatherings with family and friends we love. Living in North Florida, we don’t get much of the fall season. That’s why October is one of our top travel months. Here are a few of my favorite fall destinations to revel in the change of season. 

Amy West and sister in law ride bikes in Cades Cove, TN

(Peak Late Oct early Nov)

Cades Cove is one of our family’s favorite destinations to marvel in the beauty of the fall season. Take your time driving the 11 mile loop through historic sites, and the magnificent Tennessee countryside. It’s not uncommon to spot bear, deer, and other wildlife along the trail. This is a popular drive with lots of traffic during the busy season so give yourself around 2-4 hours to navigate the whole loop.
What to look forward to: 

  • View Historical Sites
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Camp
  • Photography
  • See Wildlife
Amy West shoots clay in Montana
Shooting Clays in Montana

2. Glacier National Park – Montana
(Peak Late Sept til Mid Oct)

Escape to America’s Big Sky Country. Experience the ultimate solitude and be surrounded by nature. Lose yourself in the history, adventure, and wonder of it all. There is no place quite like Montana, go see the glaciers before they disappear. 

What to look forward to: 
  • 700 miles of trails
  • Mountains
  • Lakes
  • Historic Sites
  • Camping 
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Natural Hot Springs
  • 25 Glaciers

Fall in the country

3. Freeport  – Maine 
(Peak Early to Mid Oct)

Freeport is largely known as one of the best places to shop in Maine. Home to LL Bean, this little town is full of charm and warmth. Take in the leaves, grab a cup of chowder, or score a deal at the outlets. There’s plenty to do in this warm little city on the Bay.

What to look forward to: 

  • Home to LLBean
  • Outlet Shopping (Best Shopping Town in New England)
  • Lots of Hiking
  • Taste the Chowder
  • Find a Hidden Waterfall
  • Go Apple Picking
  • Go to the Fall Festival
  • Access to the Beach 
red wine and dessert
4. Sonoma – California
(Peak Late Sept through Early Nov)
Personally, I think anytime is a good time to go to wine country. However, if you could pick one magic moment to capture and keep in your memory forever, fall would be it. Experience the spirit of harvest, embrace the coolness in the air, and sip on a nice glass of red wine. 
What to look forward to: 

  • Wine Country
  • Harvest Season
  • Drive the PCH
  • Unwind at the Spa
  • Biking
  • Culinary Attractions
  • Hiking

Amy West and husband join family on the Virginia Creeper Trail
With family on the Virginia Creeper Trail

5. Virginia Creeper Trail – Virginia 
(Peak Late Sept through Mid to Late Oct)
The Virginia Creeper Trail has become a sort of family pilgrimage for my husbands side of the family. We do our best to join in this annual trek through stunning rural Virginia countryside. This 34 mile bicycle and horse path is a converted rail trail that stretches from Whitetop, Virginia to Abingdon. Visitors can rent a bike from one of the local bike shops at the base of the trail and they will transport you and the bikes to the head of the trail. Enjoy the mostly downhill ride through the season’s kaleidoscope of color. Stop half way at the 3 hour mark, or challenge yourself to the full 6 hour ride. The trail is open year around, but the fall certainly sees a rush of traffic. 

What to look forward to: 
  • Historical Sites
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Photography
Amy West bikes the Virginia Creeper Trail
Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail

Where are your favorite destinations for taking in the fall season. I’d love to hear in the comments below. 
Until then…

Enjoy the Journey!

xo- Amy West

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