Ahhh, autumn. It is one of my favorite times during the year, for so many reasons. My number one reason, though, is the opportunity to travel to new places when the busy summer tourist season has come to a close.

I particularly love traveling during autumn, because it is a time to really connect with nature and enjoy the season before winter arrives (and the snow that will inevitably keep me indoors for a good portion of the next several months).

Depending on where you live in the United States, autumn may be similar to every other season of yours, or it may be when the seasons really start changing. Regardless of where you live, here are seven places to visit in the USA during autumn:

1. Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts

BerkshiresPhoto via Kenneth Casper

What better way to view the colorful autumn foliage than take a drive through the mountains? The Berkshires provide scenic views through quaint little towns. Be sure to check out the Mohawk Trail, which is one of its most popular routes by all varieties of travelers. You can see the beautiful oaks and maples in their splendor, showing off their glistening gold and auburn hues in the afternoon sun. Be sure to check out some of the towns along the way!

2. Acadia National Park

Acadia National ParkPhoto via Jeff Gunn

Nestled in Maine, Acadia National Park is the perfect autumn trip for anyone who loves to be outside. The park has plenty of opportunities for recreational activities such as horseback riding, biking, rock climbing, and lots of hiking trails to explore. If you are adventurous, this is the perfect picturesque location.

As far as amenities go, Acadia National Park also has many hotels and dining facilities in the surrounding areas for the less outdoorsy. Regardless of your interests, the park is a beautiful choice during autumn.

3. Aspen, Colorado

AspenPhoto via Jerry Kirkhart

If you’ve never been to Colorado, you should definitely check it out. The mountains and streams look positively majestic during autumn. Because it’s not quite winter yet in Aspen, you can enjoy the opportunities this famous ski town offers without having to worry about the large crowds. The added perk is that hotel rates are lower this time of year, so if you are looking for a nice quiet getaway, Aspen is the place for you.

4. Napa Valley, California

Napa ValleyPhoto via Malcom Carlaw

Wait, wait, before you say, “How is Napa Valley an autumn location?” remember this: it is harvest time in wine country and it’s the perfect time to visit California without having to battle the large hordes of tourists. Take a trip down the famous Silverado Trail, where you’ll pass winery after winery in its entire autumn splendor. This is an excellent choice for the wine connoisseurs out there! Consider booking a stay at the Meadowood Napa Valley resort for an extended visit in this part of the country.

5. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Michigan in FallPhoto via Rodney Campbell

The Midwest! When we think of autumn drives through the mountains, we rarely consider the flatlands of the Midwest. But don’t be fooled – this region of Michigan has over 7 million acres of forest that become an explosion of color during autumn. Check out the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, where you can see all sorts of local wildlife. Be sure to tour around the coastline of Lake Superior, where you can contrast all the forest scenery with lakeside beauty.

6. Lake Placid, New York

Lake PlacidPhoto via Lake Placid Region

Consider another location on the east coast – Lake Placid! Located in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is the ideal location for those looking to have a relaxing weekend away from home. You can view the autumn colors in other ways too: consider taking a tour by train on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. If you haven’t ever taken a train tour, it is an awesome experience and a great way to view your surroundings without having to worry about driving and everything else that comes with riding in a car.

7. Whitefish, Montana

Glacier National ParkPhoto via Eric Gross

Whitefish may be less-known by some regions of the country, but it is a beautiful visitation spot nonetheless. It is the gateway into Glacier National Park in the Flathead Valley. This is also a great location for those who enjoy partaking in outdoor activities. Consider going kayaking or canoeing on Whitefish Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the West. They also have city activities in the nearby communities, so there is plenty to do for everyone!

Regardless of where you choose to visit, I hope you take the opportunity to get back into nature and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you every day during autumn.

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