There are so many beautiful reasons to love fall — the scenery, the cozy sweaters, the warm apple cider, the cool weather. October is the perfect time to watch this season come to life! While travel restrictions and social distancing are still in place, we’ve created a virtual list of some of our favorite spots to experience fall! And if you fall in love with these stunning views like we have, be sure to browse through Homes.com to find your fall dream home.
It’s no secret New England is the holy grail of fall views. But we’re gushing over the fall atmosphere in Manchester, Vermont! This historic town is located in Southern Vermont, and provides plenty of fall scenic views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Fun fact: Abraham Lincoln’s summer home, Hildene, is located in Manchester and offers year-round tours! After pumpkin picking at Equinox Valley Nursery, you can enjoy stunning views of fall driving along the Equinox Skyline Drive or hiking at Lye Brook Falls. After your outdoor adventure, you can visit Manchester’s historic local bookstore, attend fall festivals throughout the season and even try maple flavored ice cream (dubbed “creemee” in Vermont!).
To experience Fall yourself and see the city’s offerings, check out their own website here!
Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia is the perfect small city to visit if you’re looking for a weekend getaway. Nestled in the perfect location – close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and ski resorts – Charlottesville has it all. Historical buildings available to tour, the college campus to walkthrough, local shops and businesses to explore, there’s not much you won’t be able to do while visiting this perfect fall city. The foliage turns to different shades of oranges, reds, and yellows, and sometimes, you can even capture a photo of hot air balloons gliding through the blue skies!
For more information about Charlottesville, Virginia, visit their website here!
Mammoth Lakes, California
Although New England’s beautiful — who says you can’t have fall on the West Coast? Mammoth Lakes is a small mountain town located in California’s Mono County, right in the middle of the state. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains among Mammoth Mountain and Mount Morrison, the canyons come alive during this time of year. The area has various creeks and lakes that make the perfect fall foliage viewing spot. There’s also biking trails, designated fishing areas and guided horseback tours! Just 15 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes brings you to Convict Lake Loop for additional hiking trails and breathtaking scenery. California calls Mammoth Lakes its “best-kept secret,” and we’re definitely itching to explore all its autumn beauty!
Since Tennessee is known for its beautiful mountain views, it’s no surprise Gatlinburg is at the top of this list! The town is home to the nation’s most visited national park: the Great Smoky Mountains. There’s plenty to see mountain-side — you can enjoy one of 100+ hiking trails, take an aerial tram ride for a picturesque fall foliage view or walk across the park’s 680-foot suspension bridge. There’s no better way to fully experience fall than to witness the season from 150 feet in the air! Beyond hiking, the town has plenty of family-friendly activities year-round. However, downtown Gatlinburg is fully decorated every fall to kickoff the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. With all the fun this town offers, and since a trip here is out of the question for 2020 — we’re already planning a future fall getaway!
Adirondack, New York
The Adirondacks are a true upstate New York beauty. The park is over 6 million acres wide, making it the largest National Historic Landmark. There are five gorgeous scenic routes you can drive through to experience New York’s picturesque fall destination. A popular route takes you through the Southeastern Adirondacks from Lake George to Loon Lake. Lake George is known for its incredible views, but every October hosts a family-friendly Halloween festival! But The Adirondacks are full of outdoor adventures — from hiking, bike trails and campgrounds. While there are dozens upon dozens of hiking options, a popular peak is the Gothics, which is the tenth highest peak in The Adirondacks. However, the post-hike 360° fall foliage view is well worth the journey. The area is also rich with wildlife, ranging from wolves, bears, beavers and if you’re lucky enough to spot one — the iconic Adirondack moose!
Read on the Adirondack website “46 Things to Do During Fall!”
These four picture-perfect locations are sure to be the ideal spot for your next fall getaway. As always, check local restrictions before making any plans. But if you’re inspired to search for a new home that’ll give you the dream fall experience — take a look through Homes.com to fall in love with your next home!