Autumn is like that old friend who comes to visit you every now and then from far away. A beautiful time that you wish lasted longer. Take advantage of the reds, yellows, oranges, golds, and riotous colors by stopping in these 8 great places to see autumn leaves.
1 Staten Island Green Belt
The hustle and bustle of the city is invigorating, but every New Yorker needs a calm place now and then. Staten Island’s Green Belt located at Brielle and Richmond Avenues is the perfect recluse. Enjoy a jog, walk, or stroll. Stop and put up an easel and paint the leaves. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll enjoy the serene quietness.
2 Bar Harbor
This seaside town with a quirky personality of its own is home to some stunning contrasts in the fall. Experience the blue water against the red leaves. Located in northern Maine, you’ll have the town practically to yourself as most of the tourists come in late spring through the summer. The town is pretty much walk-able, so take in all the autumn smells and especially the colorful sites.
3 Canastota, NY
Canastota, New York and any of the rural towns around central New York such as Fabius, Pompey, Cazenovia, and Chittenango are all great places to see the changing of the leaves. Enjoy hilltop views, which will soon turn into excellent places to ski, across the rural towns make for fantastic photos. Be sure to stop in the towns of the three Cs, Canastota, Cazenovia, and Chittenango all right next to each other for some fall-themed activities and food.
4 Stowe, VT
As one of America’s capital ski resorts you wouldn’t think of Stowe as a place to visit in the end of September and through October, but it is with plenty of fun fall festivities. The great big hills of Stowe, Vermont allow for eye-viewing pleasure of the various autumn colors as far as the eye can see, stretching on for miles.
5 Sky Valley, GA
A great escape for the who’s who of Georgia, this luxurious town nestled in the Georgia mountains in the northeast of the state is the perfect place to escape the busyness of Macon, Savannah, and especially Atlanta and the heat.
6 Cloud Canyon State Park, GA
Wow is the best way to describe this park. Amid the rolling hills and lakes in Northwest Georgia you can enjoy the scenic hiking and biking trails. Envelope yourself in the splendid colors that autumn brings.
7 Ellicottville, NY
This relaxing town in Southwestern New York is worth the drive to visit. In fact, the drive down is pretty spectacular with nice little villages to stop in and explore, such as East Aurora and Hamburg, as you drive through the hills and through the curves to reach Ellicottville.
8 Pisgah National Forest, NC
In the third week of October, this national forest located in North Carolina explodes with color. Take your dog, your best friend, your lover, or your child to explore the colors and ground yourself among nature.