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The words out! It’s no secret that Americans love everything about fall, and honestly, what’s not to love?! Leaf-peeping, should season, affordable prices, and an abundance of cozy things to do — fall is one of the best times of the year.

When you think of the colorful season, you think of photo-worthy foliage spots, Starbucks’ fall menu (yes, we all wait in anticipation), and pumpkins everywhere!

View of needle in Seattle in the fall

By tallying search rankings and various stats, Playstar took the hard work out of searching for the best fall spots in the U.S. and did it for us! The findings were based on the number of pumpkin patches, Starbucks, percentage of trees, and Instagram hashtags per capita to give us the top 3.

With 2567 Instagram hashtags, it’s no surprise that the charming city of Seattle made it in the top 3, and took the lead for the most photogenic city in the U.S. for fall! 🍂 ☕ 🪵 

Rankings Don’t Lie

Let’s get honest for a second: who wouldn’t want to visit the most photogenic fall location? We’re all after the perfect insta-worthy image, and Seattle has more than few spots that are perfect for a snap.

A winner any time of the year, Pike Place Market is especially charming during the fall months. With seasonal goodies, warm drinks, and flowers, it’s definitely a top hit for those looking to capture Seattle's fall in all its glory.

If you’re on the hunt for impeccable foliage and serene backdrops, look no further than Washington Park Arboretum. The subtle green and orange hues are absolutely stunning.

The University of Washington is also a stellar leaf location. Without having to venture too far, you’ll spot sights of red and orange during peak time. It’s also a nice area to see anyway — so grab a warm drink, stroll the campus, and see what you find!

seattle foliage

Activities For All

While there’s already plenty to do and see in Seattle, the new talk of the town is the much-anticipated play by Seattle playwright Andrew Lee Creech. 

“Creech aims to address this critical absence of Black history in his world premiere play, Last Drive to Dodge,” which will be shown at the Taproot Theater through October 21st!

Exhibitions. Stand-up comedy, live music, and SO MANY seasonal festivals, you’ll really have no shortage of activities to keep you on your toes during your stay! Find them all here.

pike market seattle

Did Someone Say Road Trip?

It’s fall.. Why not kill two birds with one stone and venture to a few different fall stops while you’re in the area? Did you know that taking a road trip from Seattle to Vancouver is possible in as little as 2.5 hours? 

Known for its wildlife and fall foliage, Vancouver is the ideal mini-trip to take from the city. While there is plenty to see in Seattle, it’s also nice to switch up the scenery and cross a few borders!

If Oktoberfest is your thing, then you HAVE to spend a day in Leavenworth. Famous for its quaint town, German influence, and buzzing Oktoberfest celebrations, it’s well worth the 2-hour road trip from Seattle.

Seattle waterfront and skyline, with the Space Needle showing through the spokes of the Great Wheel ferris wheel in the foreground.

More Foliage Please 

Yes we like leaves, and yes we want prime foliage locations! Well we're in luck. Seattle has quite a few fall-y spots around the city and just outside too, for all your insta-worthy festive shots.

  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Kubota Garden
  • Seward Park
  • Discovery Park
  • Bellevue Botanical Garden
  • The Japanese Garden
Historic Pike Place Public Market is one of the top attractions in Seattle copy

Money Money Money

The one word we all looove to hear when it comes to booking a trip — money. It can always go either way of course.. is this location too expensive? Is it busy season? CAN I GET A CHEAP FLIGHT?!

While fall in Seattle is of course beautiful, it's still technically considered ‘off-season,' which means.. affordable prices for all! If you can brave a slight chill in the air to witness amazing foliage in person, then this is the time to visit. Cheaper flights, accommodations, and activities.. sign us up!

seattle skyline

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