Fall Colors in 2018

Best Vacations to see Fall Colors in 2018

This one is for all of you that start to get an extra bounce in your step once September hits, knowing that soon enough, October will emblazon the trees in gorgeous shades of red, orange, and yellow. With the fresh crisp air and a warm beverage in your hand, all is right in the world. Just about anyone can enjoy a nice fall landscape, however, if you’re lucky enough to live in a state known for its autumn backdrops, you might have never considered traveling to new areas during the season. We have great news for fall aficionados, there is plenty of easily accessible places to go and see fall colors in 2018.

We know what you might be thinking. How can I plan a trip around fall foliage? The trees certainly don’t have a schedule to follow. You can take a look at estimates by state based on the Farmers’ Almanac, or TripSavvy.com also has a state-by-state breakdown on when peak times typically are and even contact info to get in touch with someone locally.

Fall Colors in 2018 | #1 Colorado

Colorado easily offers some of the best fall colors in the USA, with multiple places within the state to choose from. Miles and miles of hiking and biking trails showcase gorgeous mountainous views complete with a lot of colorful foliage. Aspen is one of the most famous towns in Colorado, particularly known as a popular skiing destination. Another sight to see is Maroon Bells, one of the most photographed locations in CO, and for great reason. The mountains themselves are maroon, due to an iron-bearing mineral called hematite. Try and picture just how impressive maroon mountains would be during the peak of autumn.

San Juan mountains in CO

The San Juan mountains overlooking the Million Dollar Highway in CO.

Fall Colors in 2018 | #2 New York

Ever been to the Catskills in autumn? This one just might be one of the best fall vacations to choose from. There are easily a handful of places in the mountains to get the best possible eyeful of fall foliage according to GreatNorthernCatskills.com, but their tagline says it best, “Hint, It’s Everywhere, But Especially These Places”. From a scenic chairlift ride on Hunter Mountain to a relaxing train ride on the Catskill Fall Flyer, these mountains are calling your name. The Catskills region also has plenty of activities to offer beyond just leaf peeping.

Best fall vacations - Catskill Mountains, NY

The fall foliage in the Catskills is one of those natural wonders that causes you to forget about grabbing your camera for a moment.

Fall Colors in 2018 | #3 Vermont

An autumn in Stowe, Vermont would be unforgettable – after all, it is known as “Fall’s Color Capital”. Take a look at any photo of this picturesque town and we dare you to argue that it doesn’t deserve a spot on the list of best fall vacations. Stowe is more than just a pretty face, offering a quaint 200 year old village complete with shopping and great places to eat. Many of the excellent dining options here fall into the contemporary American theme with a fun, rustic twist. High-end comfort food, anyone?

Fall in Stowe, Vermont

A glimpse of fall in Stowe, Vermont.

Fall Colors in 2018 | #4 Oregon

What is the first thing you think of when you picture fall in Oregon? If it’s a bicycle brewery tour in Portland, then cheers, we like your style! If biking and beer isn’t your thing, then perhaps Oregon can interest you in a breathtaking hike in the mountains. TravelOregon.com listed the best fall hikes and we honestly had trouble picking our favorites. After much brain-wracking, we’ve settled on the West Eagle Mountains Trailhead in Baker City, Oregon and the Deschutes River Trail in Bend, Oregon.

Fall foliage in Clear Lake, Oregon

Clear Lake, Oregon sporting a jaw-dropping duality of autumn colors and vibrant greenery.

Fall Colors in 2018 | #5 Maine

New England is on this list twice for good reason. This option takes some of the guesswork out of planning a fall vacation with a 7 Day Fall Foliage Tour. In Maine, you can expect to be dazzled by not only golden and scarlet leaves, but also a vibrant art scene, captivating museums with lighthouses, and plenty of time in the great ol’ outdoors. If you love seafood, then this one can easily seal the deal, especially along the coast.

A lakeside view of fall colors near Kennebunkport, Maine.

Fall Colors in 2018 | #6 Wyoming

Many of the states listed above offer scenic drives as part of the promise when traveling in the fall season. Wyoming, though, has that extra something that pulls you in. The opportunity to see impressive wildlife like moose, wolves, and grizzly bears while enjoying a colorful view from your car window is very tempting. Jackson Hole, WY is home to Grand Teton National Park and the famous Yellowstone National Park as well. It may be difficult to plan a full-on camping trip here in the fall due to rapidly changing weather conditions, but can you imagine a more picturesque scene for camping?

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

A unique golden backdrop amongst the mountains in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

If you do plan an autumn getaway, even if it’s not on this list, we’d love to hear about it on our Facebook or Twitter. When planning your fall vacation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at VitalChek for any vital record needs!

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