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Best Fall Destinations

By Elaine Elliott

The pumpkin spiced lattes are brewing and Halloween decorations are starting to fill the stores. It must be time for fall!

If you’re looking to relish the colorful leaves at their peak, check out these notable destinations for capturing the most picturesque moments of the season.

Cape May, New Jersey

The beautiful seaside town is full of Victorian homes, lighthouses, and pedestrian roads full of shops and restaurants. But something else makes visiting in the fall extra special. From the beginning to September to the end of October, thousands of monarch butterflies soar to the Jersey Shore before migrating to Mexico. The Monarch Monitoring Project tracks the butterflies and on average, saw 100 monarchs within 20 minutes in the fall of 2018!


Denver, Colorado

Denver will be celebrating its 50th Oktoberfest on the last two weekends of September this year. It’s one of the largest and oldest Oktoberfests in the country! Another big bonus to fall visits is watching the aspens turn from green to a vibrant gold in the mountains. The foothills of the Front Range will see the transition in October. Or take a quick trip up to the cute mountain towns of Vail or Breckenridge to enjoy the scenery before the snow season hits.


Traverse City, Michigan

October is the peak season for all the deciduous trees in Michigan to change color. Traverse City is a popular tourist destination in the summer, but a fall getaway means less crowds and heat. The vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves contrast superbly with the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan. In addition, there are plenty of sightseeing spots like the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, vineyards and wineries galore, and sailing excursions.


Asheville, North Carolina

The Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway have some of the longest fall color seasons in America due to the mild climate and elevation. From late September to mid November the colorful foliage can be captured amid the picturesque hills. Asheville is a good basecamp for driving around the numerous overlooks, state parks, and hiking trails. The city has an unforgettable assortment of craft beer from microbreweries to the east coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada. And don’t forget to check out the lineup of live music and local festivals. 


Leavenworth, Washington

The Pacific Northwest is known for ample pines and conifers. But a variety of maples, larch, and aspen will change color in the region, giving the landscape a diverse color palate. From mid-September to mid-October the Cascade Mountains are aflame with vibrant trees. Leavenworth is a noteworthy destination for its Bavarian ambiance and popular Oktoberfest.


Manchester, Vermont

New England is one of the best areas to visit for an autumn escape. Forests cover three-quarters of Vermont where you can find adorable villages with bright foliage backdrops, spired churches, and covered bridges. Manchester is no expectation. Here you can hike Mount Equinox, golf, or dine at one of the historic inns.


Flagstaff, Arizona

This mountain town is a breath of fresh air amid the desert landscape and heat of Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Believe it or not, you’ll see fall colors in the area when the aspens and maples change shades. Visitors will go to the Flagstaff Arboretum and Coconino National Forest to see the colors. And don’t forget, the Grand Canyon is less than two hours away. Hiking the famous Bright Angel Trail will be much more pleasant in the fall!


Do you have old fall foliage photographs or film? Whether it’s a video of you prancing through pumpkin patches or pictures of your favorite Halloween costume, we can digitize your keepsakes to make the memories last longer than the fall leaves!  

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