Fall or Autumn colours never disappoint in the USA. With such varied landscapes and drastic changes in topography it is inevitable that shades of gold, russet and amber will pepper the season. With this in mind we have put together an inspiring Autumnal list on where to see the best fall colours in the USA.
Nature lovers will be able to explore acres of wilderness with this nine day Alaskan Adventure trip. Couples will have the chance to meet the famous Alaskan huskies and encounter a dog sled demonstration. With almost 24 hours’ of daylight, they’ll also be able to enjoy driving tours of the Denali National Park and Wrangell St Elias National Park. During the trip, adventurers will also be encouraged to head to the water and experience the adrenaline of white-water rafting, hire canoes and kayak across the sea.The extra brave can opt to climb the impressive Wrangell glacier.
Prices for Alaskan Adventure start from £1,844 per person (excluding flights). The 9-day trip is available to book via www.topdeck.travel for July 2018 to August 2018 https://www.topdeck.travel/tours/alaskan-adventure
Colours of the Capital Region
With the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Allegany Mountain ranges running right through the Capital Region (Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland) and a host of scenic drives and byways from mountain top to Chesapeake coast, there are few better places to see the leaves change than in the Capital Region USA.
Fly from the UK into Washington Dulles International or Baltimore Thurgood Marshall International and embark on the road-trip of a life time through small towns and breath-taking landscapes to discover the real Capital Region.
Maryland: Maryland’s Historic Byways can easily whisk you away from the cities to take in the best of autumn colours. The state’s Historic National Road takes visitors from the bright lights of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, West, along the famous ‘Road That Built the Nation’ to the historic transportation hub of Hagerstown and on towards the Appalachian Mountains.
Virginia: Virginia’s Skyline Drive – a National Scenic Byway – is the backbone of Shenandoah National Park. This iconic drive allows visitors to experience the fall colours in all their glory with a multitude of hiking and biking trails to compliment this 105-mile stretch of road, with 75 stunning vistas. The park offers unique ways to see the leaves change including a guided horseback-ride from Skyland Stables or the popular Shenandoah Mountain Guided Backpack Trips or relax and take in the views at one of Virginia’s 208 wineries including Barboursville or Jefferson wineries.
Washington, DC: Take in the magnificence of the Nation’s Capital city in autumn, from the beauty of the National Mall, lined with 17 Smithsonian Museums and iconic monuments to the tranquility of Rock Creek Park, an 1,754-acre park that offers visitors the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
For more information please visit www.capitalregionusa.co.uk
Highlights of New York State
Whilst New England is considered to be the place to visit for its striking ‘fall’ foliage, New York State is the ideal quieter alternative. During Wexas Travel’s two-week road trip, travellers will discover some of the state’s hidden, and not so hidden gems. Highlights along the way include seeing the spectacular Niagara Falls, hiking through the Adirondack Mountains which will be covered in spreads of golden browns in Autumn and driving through the picturesque Fingers Lakes. The trip will come to an end with three-nights in New York City, staying just a few blocks from Central Park which will be scattered with golden, brown and red leaves.
Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a 14-day Highlights of New York State itinerary from £2,320 per person based on two sharing. This includes return flights from London to Buffalo and from New York City to London, 12-nights in typically 3-4* accommodation, 10 days Economy car hire, private airport transfers and complimentary UK airport lounge access. Valid for travel year round
Mammoth Lakes, California
A slightly more specific and slightly surprising option for exploring the Autumnal colours in the USA would be Mammoth Lakes in California. Each autumn, the entire valley floor of Mammoth’s Lundy Canyon is overtaken with a brilliant display of golden aspens. Similarly, some of the brightest colours pour down Laurel Creek and an aspen grove fills Mammoth Creek, both spots can be seen clearly as visitors drive into town.
Take advantage of the airline sales that are going on, direct flights to LAX will start at around £169! From there it is a truly scenic drive up the 395 with golden desert flats on your left and the mountains of the High Sierras on your left. Soon you will find yourself surrounded by countless lakes and you know you will have arrived in the mountain town of Mammoth Lakes (2,400M).
Colorado in Colours
Colorado’s scenic byways are well placed to enjoy the landscape turn in colour. Visitors can enjoy the colours on a road trip or by bike, as cycling is popular across the state. Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways meander through breathtaking scenery with a number of routes displaying a fusion of autumnal colours when fall begins. Cache La Poudre takes in the aspen and pine drenched valley of North Fork from Fort Collins; Peak to Peak near Rocky Mountain National Park is known as a popular route for triathlon celebrities to take with stunning views of rocky canyon walls and the Flatirons; Top of the Rockies is elevated at over 9,000 feet, crossing the Continental Divide as well as passing through Copper Mountain, Leadville and Aspen; The San Juan Skyway leads cyclists through historic mining towns and over high mountain passes and in fall it passes uniquely coloured trees that together form a landscape masterpiece and for a 230-mile loop adventure Beer and Bike Tours match the ride with sampling local craft beers from the towns it encompasses; and West Elk Loop near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park winds around two mountain towns famous for their biking cultures, Gunnison and Crested Butte.
Maroon Bells (between Aspen and Snowmass) is a beautiful destination for hiking in fall, but the whole area is beautiful, due to the large mass of Aspen trees turning gold which dot the mountainous landscape to the south and west of the state. Colorado’s Maroon Bells are situated southwest of the aptly named town of Aspen and these peaks are an ideal spot to capture the glory of Colorado in Autumn. One of the best spots is Maroon Lake, where the golden trees frame a reflection of the purple-and-white-striped peaks.
For more information please visit www.Colorado.com
North Georgia Mountains
Explore the gorgeous tonal colours found in the North Georgia Mountains this Autumn. A hidden gem in the USA, Georgia’s landscape transforms into a palette of gorgeous fall colours during the October months (and is a great alternative to busy destinations such as New England!) The Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the most colourful and longest running fall leaf seasons in the world.
Visitors can also stay in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the new Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, the new upscale property is the first of its kind to open in the North Georgia Mountains. Located on five acres inside the Innsbruck Golf Community, the hotel has been designed to combine ‘old world charm and true Southern hospitality’.
For more information please visit www.exploregeorgia.org/
South Lake Tahoe, California
Autumn begins as early as mid-September in Lake Tahoe, when its meadows and hillsides begin to flame in bright hues of gold. In South Lake Tahoe, the drive through Fallen Leaf Lake Road to Fredrick’s Meadow, where a vista of Mount Tallac is perfectly framed by aspens. South of Lake Tahoe, Hope Valley’s dense aspen groves offer psychedelic displays of yellows and oranges and the area has some great hiking trails.
For more information please visit www.tahoesouth.com
Ultimate New England Tour
Fall has become one of the most popular times to visit the East Coast as New England’s foliage transforms into bursts of bright reds, brilliant yellows and zingy oranges. Steeped in history and known for its picture postcard scenery, glorious seafood, beautiful beaches and colonial buildings, Fall in New England brings a more relaxed contrast to the bustling summer months whilst offering warmer water temperatures and beautiful sightseeing opportunities. With New York just three hours up the road, and more flights than ever from the UK, it is the perfect time to explore three of America’s most compelling but very different destinations on a round-trip adventure.
New York: Kick start the trip in New York which comes to life in the autumn. As the cultural calendar gets into full swing with film festivals and Broadway openings, the trees in Central Park turn into a lightshow of golds, browns and shades of red. The
Lowell, located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue and just a block from the park, is in the heart of New York’s most exclusive and fashionable fashion district and the place to be seen. Welcoming guests with a serene residential atmosphere reminiscent of a private townhouse, it is the definition of classic New York elegance and more sought-after than ever following the opening of Majorelle, a new bar and Club Room, inspired by iconic Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakech.
Seaplane to Nantucket from the heart of Manhattan: From here, hop on board the new Tailwind seaplane which departs from the heart of Manhattan, just minutes from The Lowell and straight to Nantucket. The exclusive island, home to white picket fences, quaint boutique-lined high-streets and eighteenth-century buildings is transformed in the autumn with quieter beaches, less crowded restaurants and better than ever availability at some of America’s oldest and most historic hotels. For the ultimate experience stay on the northernmost tip of Nantucket Island, 20 minutes from downtown at one of the finest boutique hotels in the US – The Wauwinet. Situated on a beautiful beach flanked by Nantucket Bay and the Atlantic,
Ferry to Rhode Island: To complete the trip head across the water, less than a two-hour ferry away, to Rhode Island, America’s ‘smallest state’ renowned for its sandy shores and Colonial towns. It is also home to Ocean House Collection, three beautiful and unique privately owned properties in the quaint seaside village of Watch Hill. Its crown jewel, Ocean House, is one of America’s most iconic hotels built in 1868 which has been beautifully restored to its former glory following a $156 million investment. A quintessential New England seaside resort, Ocean
House is perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, on the most pristine stretch of coastline on the East Coast (and has the only private hotel beach in all of New England). Dine on authentic ‘farm-to-table’ feasts, traditional US brasserie fare and, of course, all-American lobster boils and local seafood spreads.
For more about Lowell Hotel please visit www.lowellhotel.com
Rates at The Wauwinet start from $195 room only www.wauwinet.com
Hyline Cruises offer daily ferrys from Nantucket to Hyannis (30 min car transfer from Hyannis to Ocean House) fares start from $38 one way and $77 return www.hylinecruises.com
State of Vermont
With three-quarters of the state forested and the highest percentage of maple trees in the country, Vermont proves its worthy of the title ‘World’s Best Foliage’. As Autumn brings the annual, and magnificent, natural display amidst the unique working landscape of rural villages, pastoral meadows and woody hillsides, the Green Mountain State sets the bar for other states positioning themselves as fall foliage destinations.
For more information please visit www.vermontvacation.co.uk