If you’re itching for some harvest spice, crisp air, and fall foliage then it’s time to start planning a trip to a fall destination near you—or not so near you. Whether you’ve only got a few days to get away or you’re looking for a far away adventure, we’ve put together a roundup of the best travel destinations for Fall. Check out our recommendations for trips near Dallas, Austin, and Denver. Plus, a few extras for those of you willing to travel farther for the best of Fall!
The hardest thing to find near Dallas is an abundance of Foliage—let’s face it, it’s hard to find an abundance of trees. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to find them. A little over 3 hours from DFW is Beavers Bend, OK, and the Talemina National Scenic Highway. According to the official website of Beavers Bend, “The Talihina Scenic Drive is north of Broken Bow just outside of the county. [It] is a nationally recognized scenic drive offering magnificent views from mountain tops in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas.”
Get your fill of foliage and then swing over the Beavers Bend to take advantage of “Cabin Country” by renting one of their incredible stays in the area.
While Denver is already home to plenty of cozy Fall activities, if you’re looking to get out of town then we suggest the Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Home of the largest Aspen grove in Colorado, it’s only a short 45-minute drive from Denver, making it a great day trip option for finding foliage and some fresh air.
Farther, but worth it: If you’re looking for a longer trip full of Fall activities, head to Telluride, CO during one of their many festivals. From the Telluride Autumn Classic Car Show to the Telluride Horror Show, there are plenty of activities to fill your time in this charming and scenic mountain town. The drive will take you a little over 6 hours, but it gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery along the way.
Utopia, TX and Lost Maples State Park are only a 3 hour drive from Austin, and make for the perfect Hill Country weekend getaway if you’re hoping to get out of the city and see some incredible foliage.
Lost Maples State Park is home to the protected Uvalde bigtooth maples that light up with bright Autumnal color starting around mid-October. Enjoy hiking, fishing, and exploring the beauty of Hill Country while discovering some new of your favorite spots for food, drinks, and enjoying a chilly Texas evening under the stars. Check out Texas Monthly’s in-depth guide on what to do while visiting Utopia.
Some Other Fall Gems:
Asheville, NC: This vibrant, historic city is the perfect place to explore this Fall. Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, there’s no scarcity of activities both inside and out. Check out this page for their ongoing Fall Events and Festivals!
While you’re there be sure to head to the stunning and historic Biltmore House, grab a treat at The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and spend an afternoon enjoying the foliage while driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Woodstock, VT: Calling all Gilmore Girls fans, this is the place for your Fall getaway! Woodstock is the quintessential New England town and, according to the official site, is “home to the only national park in Vermont and three historic covered bridges where you can enjoy some of the most colorful seasons and activities in New England.” Be sure to swing by Sugarbush Farms to enjoy tours and free samplings of Vermont’s finest cheeses, maple syrups, and jams.
Savannah, GA: Believed to be one of the most haunted cities in America, Savannah is the perfect place to spend a spooky Fall weekend if you’re more inclined to warm weather. Enjoy a world-class Jazz festival in September, a full spread of activities, German foods, and specialty beers at Oktoberfest, or take one of their haunted tours. While you’re there be sure to stop into Belford’s Savannah Seafood & Steaks for world class southern cuisine.
Whether you’re traveling near or far, this list has you covered. From small town getaways with stunning scenery to seasonal festivals, all of these destinations will have you putting on favorite scarf and sipping from a seasonal beverage of your choice. Don’t think you have time for a trip this Fall? Find out how we can help you clear your to-do list and reclaim your time off!