I don’t know about you, but for me, fall is when everything seems to slow down yet speed up simultaneously.
Summer energy has a rushing feeling to it. You’re trying to do as much as possible and visit as many places as possible, all before the warm weather ends.
Yet, fall brings a different energy.
There is still an urgency when it comes to returning to school, preparing for the last quarter of the year, and changing your wardrobe.
Yet as the days begin to shorten, I want to curl up inside with a blanket, a book, and a warm cup of tea.
However, according to a HomeToGo survey, many travelers don’t plan on slowing down. 4 out of 5 of the travelers surveyed said they plan on traveling through the fall months.
And there are many reasons to hit the road instead of staying home. Prices tend to be cheaper, and who wouldn’t want to see the brilliant colors of fall foliage?
Because many people aren’t trying to stay home this fall, some places are calling travelers to visit.
Here are the most popular fall destinations in the U.S.
1. Bar Harbor, Maine
Along Maine’s Bay, there is a town called Bar Harbor. The area is complimented by towering mountains such as the Cadillac Mountains, which are nestled inside Acadia National Park, which shares land with Bar Habor.
It is a national park that many people flock to yearly to marvel at the fall colors. Hiking through the mountains will not only give a stunning display of the leaves changing, but it’ll also offer breathtaking views of the bay.
Visitors not wandering around in the mountains are most likely relaxing in Frenchman Bay. Named after the Frenchman who visited the area in 1604, it is a great location to watch the sunrise.
2. Lake Cumberland, Kentucky
Named the “ Houseboat Capital of the World,” Lake Cumberland has over 1200 miles of shoreline and is popular amongst travelers.
In the 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards by USA Today, Lake Cumberland Falls was voted number one.
What makes this location a crowd favorite? There are many reasons to visit this area, especially in the fall. Gemstone mining is one of the most unique fall experiences. You can discover a variety of gemstones, such as Quartz, Pyrite, Sodalite, Sapphire, Emerald, and more.
Other significant attractions include Cumberland Falls, nicknamed the Niagara Falls of the south. There is also the option to horseback ride through the forest and experience the fall colors differently.
3. Keuka Lake, New York
Have you heard of the Finger Lakes in New York state? If not, they are a group of eleven long and narrow lakes in the New York region. And Keuka Lake is one of them. Shaped as Y, it is the only lake that runs north and south.
Visitors travel to these areas for lake-filled fun and decadent wines. Dr. Konstantin Frank was the first to plant and cultivate European grape varieties in the region, thus changing the winery landscape.
If visitors aren’t taking winery tours and sipping on reds and whites, they are probably checking out some of the area’s magnificent waterfalls. Some of the must-see falls include Seneca Mills Falls and Cascade Mills Falls.
In addition, Penn Yen is a small town that oozes traditional American hometown vibes and is a great place to stay when visiting.
4. Watersound, Florida
Watersound is a private community that is located beachside and is a great getaway for summer. However, Watersound is also an excellent year-round destination.
During the fall and winter, the area offers astounding sunsets that paint the sky soft colors of pink, orange, and purple.
Besides this natural beauty, visitors gravitate to the Hub, the community’s activities center. Fall is also a great time to enjoy bike riding through the neighborhood.
5. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is where fire and ice meet. It is known as an optimal winter skiing place because of the Steamboat Ski Resort and the Howelsen Hill Ski area.
Because the area often receives fresh layers of snow, the area was named:” champagne powder.”
Beyond its icey attractions, Steamboat Springs offers hot springs in the Old Town Hot Springs Center. The springs are a way for visitors to stay warm as the temperatures become cooler.
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