It’s almost here. The time of year when there’s a chill in the air -- hello, sweater weather!
The landscape is painted with oranges, yellows, reds, and purples; and every company imaginable has found a way to incorporate pumpkin into its products. It’s leaf-peeping season and time for an epic U.S. road trip to unleash the tree-hugger in all of us.
New York Location: Lake Placid, New York Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Description: Few places rival fall in the Adirondacks. Lake Placid, host of the 1980 Winter Olympics, has prime leaf-peeping in the final weeks of September. Book a room overlooking Mirror Lake at Crowne Plaza Lake Placid for breathtaking views of Whiteface Mountain and the High Peaks – the colors reflect off the water and there’s nothing that screams fall more than that.
Location: Albany, New York Hotel: Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Road – Colonie Center Description: Just a three-hour drive north of New York City, Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Road – Colonie Center is the perfect home base for travelers wanting to explore the beautiful fall foliage of upstate New York in mid-October. The state’s capital is full of vibrant colors and make sure to plan a stop at Thacher State Park. The park – full of beautiful fields, hikes and panoramic mountain and valley views from the cliffs – offers several vantage points to enjoy the colors of the season.
Vermont Location: Manchester, Vermont Hotel: Kimpton Taconic Hotel Description: While Vermont may be known as the “Green Mountain State,” in the fall, it is anything but. Travelers take in a canopy of colors against a backdrop of mountain views traveling along Route 100, the Green Mountain Byway, historic Route 7A, Skyline Drive and more. And where better to stay than the charming Kimpton Taconic? The hotel has even put together a list of nearby fall activities, so all you have to do is break out your best “Bernie” mittens and focus on spending the day soaking in those famous bursts of orange, gold and red.
Michigan Location: Traverse City, Michigan Hotel: Hotel Indigo Traverse City Description: As one of the most sought-after destinations in “Pure Michigan,” Traverse City has orchards, vineyards, and forests, which create a beautiful medley of orange, crimson, scarlet and gold come fall. Drive M-22 – voted as USA Today’s “Best Scenic Autumn Drive” – and unwind at Hotel Indigo Traverse City’s sawmill-inspired rooftop bar for views of West Grand Traverse Bay.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Hotel: EVEN Hotel Ann Arbor Description: Down in the Southeastern part of the state is Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, where you can visit Nichols Arboretum, which highlights the fall colors right on campus. After getting in a quick hotel room workout, cruise along Huron River Drive between Ann Arbor and Dexter, where visitors can see the autumn colors against the scenic Huron River.
Tennessee Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee Hotel: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort Description: There’s a reason Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the country. Between mid-October and early November, the Sugar Maple, Scarlet Oak, Red Maple and Hickory trees put on a spectacular display of color. Nestled right at the foot of it all is Holiday Inn Club Vacations’ Smoky Mountain Resort. This family-friendly resort is a must-stay for those wanting to experience some of the best fall views you have ever seen via hiking trails, white-water rafting and more. And as always, kids stay and eat free.
North Carolina Location: Asheville, North Carolina Hotel: Holiday Inn Asheville East Description: With extreme elevations and more than 100 species of deciduous trees – the Blue Ridge Mountains have one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons. Relax and refresh in the natural beauty the mountains have to offer with a stay at the award-winning Holiday Inn Asheville East – just minutes away from Downtown Asheville, Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway. And stay up-to-date with the best autumn hikes and drives with Explore Asheville’s weekly fall color map.
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