Seriously, forget New England.
The quintessential fall destinations are beautiful, but they’re also not going anywhere. Sleepy New England towns and autumnal drives in the Catskills are a treat, of course, but there are plenty of underrated fall destinations vying for your leaf-peeping attention. So why not save your Vermont excursion for next year, and instead plan an unconventional autumnal escape?
Fall is shoulder season for a lot of gorgeous national parks around the world, which makes September to November the perfect time to visit.The summer crowds have cleared out, which means you’ll have some of these foliage destinations all to yourself. The air is cooling off, but you don’t need a heavy down jacket yet, nor do you have to worry about your extremities freezing on a hike.
Picture this: Leaf-peeping galore, autumnal flavors at local restaurants, and inviting towns you’ve never been to before painted brilliantly gold, red, and yellow. Sounds like the perfect October vacation to me. Here are 10 unexpected foliage destinations for travelers looking for a new adventure this fall.