Sure, there are a great number of classic destinations around the United States in which to experience the kaleidoscope of changing fall foliage colors. Most are concentrated in New England and a few other places along the Eastern seaboard. Unfortunately, so, too are the crowds and expensive accommodations.
Happily, though, you don’t have to go where everyone else is to enjoy a truly memorable change of seasons. Instead, consider these less conventional approaches to experience the magic of the fall foliage show.
Northern California Wine Country
If you love the idea of having great food and some of the best wine in the world at your disposal while watching the seasons change, then you should seriously consider a visit to Napa Valley or neighboring Sonoma County. These two regions just an hour or two north of San Francisco are California’s most prestigious when it comes to travel, and if their standing as great destinations for amazing wine, food, and natural beauty isn’t enough, their greenery explodes with color in November. In addition, it just happens to be harvest time, so a visit here in the fall can expose you to a world of colors and tastes you might not find anywhere else.
This scenic destination is another well-kept secret for viewing fall foliage, but it shouldn’t be. Boasting views of the Continental Divide and a renowned 60-mile Peak to Peak historic byway that winds through and around some of the most picturesque views in the country, this area has it all. Boulder has also become a thriving food and restaurant destination, as well as one of the most prolific craft beer cities in the country. Consequently, you’ll have plenty to enjoy before and after your fall foliage excursions.
Yes, you read this right. The truth is, the Internet can help you watch the seasons change in real time or near real time, all from the comfort of a stunning tropical beach. Consequently, is there any better place in the world to consider visiting than the Caymans? Blessed with snowy white sand beaches, sparkling blue ocean water, and a year-round tropical climate that is unparalleled, this British overseas territory is precisely the kind of less traditional destination that makes all the sense in the world.
There are many more vacation spots, naturally, and wherever you choose to go, now is the time to make your reservations. So don’t delay.