Thinking of spending Fall in the United States or Canada? Whether you live in North America or have just arrived and want to make the most of the season, this list is for you. We’ll take a look at five of the most beautiful places in North America for you to watch the leaves change.
- Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Let me guess – not what you expected, right? When most people think of Alaska they think of snow, vast wilderness, and perhaps the movie Balto. However, Anchorage is a living testament that it’s not always snowy and dark up here. In fact, Anchorage and the surrounding area is one of the most unique places in the entire world to experience the Fall.
Between the magnificent wildlife, the vast colorful plains, and the fact that the city skyline is surrounded by imposing mountains, you will never be at a loss for inspiration. Anchorage also has fantastic glacier tours just miles outside of the city, and downtown is full of enough cafes and restaurants to satisfy any Fall fanatic’s need for a cozy vacation. Last but not least, Alaska is the only the only place in the United States that offers a spectacular view of the northern lights.
2. Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada
The Laurentian mountain range is one of the most picturesque in all of Canada. It has plenty of short term rental accommodation, a few small hotels and a unique cultural scene. If you ever get tired of all the foliage you’re only a short 3 hour drive to Montreal if you want to get a taste of the city for a few hours.
3. Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Just 20 minutes north of Boston, Concord is a picturesque town steeped in history. Perhaps most well-known as the sight of the battle of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolutionary War, Concord is also home to a number of America’s literary greats such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathanial Hawthorne, and David Henry Thoreau . If you’re looking for foliage, simply take a stroll around Minute Man National Historic Park or make a trip to nearby Walden Pond.
Walden Pond is an ideal place to visit for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the simple pleasures of nature. The beautiful scenery and crystal-clear lake inspired Henry David Thoreau’s novel “Walden” and is sure to leave you in awe as you take in the spectacular color of the changing foliage. For die-hard Thoreau fans, you can even visit a replica of his cabin when you visit.
4. Stowe, Vermont, USA
Located in the Green Mountain state of Vermont, the green mountains of Stowe transform into a sea of color every Fall, attracting visitors from around the world. For anyone who has every seen The Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family immigrated to Stowe because the rolling hills and striking mountain visas reminded them of their beloved home in Austria. Not only can visitors stay at the Von Trapp family lodge, but after they’re done admiring the foliage they can take a quick drive to the Ben and Jerry’s factory located in neighboring Waterbury, VT.
5. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
When most people think of “Fall” in the United States, they think of New England and the Northeast. However, it’s hard to beat the absolutely stunning foliage of the Smokey Mountains in Fall. For those of you who might be intimidated by the cooler temperatures in the Northeast and Canada, Gatlinburg offers a more temperate alternative without sacrificing any of the beauty. Be sure to check out the Smokey Mountain Harvest Festival, Craftsmen’s fair, and Oktoberfest when you visit!