With school back in session and Daylight Savings Time ending, the fall season is officially underway. Crisp air, color-changing leaves, warm apple cider – what’s not to love? If you’re looking to move and are fall obsessed, here is a list of places across the U.S. with the prettiest fall season. From small towns to big cities, we’ve got you covered.
Hood River, Oregon
Hood River is set along the Columbia River Gorge, where you’ll have access to amazing fall scenery by foot, boat, or train. Pick up fresh apples along the Hood River Fruit Loop, a scenic 35-mile drive through the Hood River Valley, featuring farm-fresh member stands. In October, they host the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, offering local produce and foods, hand-made arts and crafts, live music, eating contests, and more.
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To see the golden leaves, Choose Chicago recommends exploring Millennium or Lincoln Parks. If you’re looking for a spooky activity, go on the Chicago Ghost Tour with Free Tours by Foot. The city hosts plenty of cool events in the fall, including the World Music Festival and the Great Chicago Fire Festival, a commemoration of the city’s revival after the 1871 fire.
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The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Small towns and villages make up The Berkshires region in the mountains of western Massachusetts. Windy roads lined with reds, golds, and deep scarlet hues sit beside picturesque farms, lakes, and meadows. Make your way through the 35-mile Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway for breathtaking views. Visit Hancock Shaker Village to get a glimpse of what life was like in the Shaker villages of the late 1700s and 1800s. Then, get lost in Rolling Acres Farm’s expertly designed corn maze.
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This town is an alpine-style village tucked away in the North Georgia mountains. With Tallulah Gorge and Amicalola Falls State Parks nearby, there is no shortage of hiking trails to enjoy the fall foliage. While you’re here, be sure to celebrate Oktoberfest and zipline through the Chattahoochee National Forest.
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Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is a quaint mountain town in western North Carolina rated the #1 best fall vacation spot by US News. Numerous parks and forests allow adventure seekers to hike, bike, zip line, and whitewater raft alongside the beautiful scenery. Wander through the River Arts District on the Fall Studio Stroll in November, a two-day event where 240+ artists open their doors to visitors. If you’re over 21, end your day at Noble Cider for a cup of hand-crafted hard cider.
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Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota is apple-growing country, making apple picking a fall tradition for many families. Spend the day at Afton Apple Orchard or Apple Jack Orchards for a variety of apples and kid-friendly activities. Don’t forget to take advantage of the last hurrah to bike or jog around the lakes with the Minneapolis Bike Tour or the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
New York City, New York
New York City is always a good idea – regardless of the season. But during the fall, the city is truly magical. Head to Central Park to view the best fall foliage, especially at the Gapstow Bridge and Elms at The Mall, according to Hotel Beacon. Next, make your way to Hudson Valley to see over 7,000 jack o’ lanterns illuminate Van Cortlandt Manor at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. And, if you’re lucky, you might catch one of the NY Philharmonic Bandwagon’s live, pop-up performances, while roaming the boroughs.
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Article by Megan Kong, REX Homes