Best Towns for Fall Foliage

From the east coast to the west coast, check out our favorite places in America to enjoy the autumn pleasures.

When the air becomes brisk, vibrant fall colors come out in full force in these 5 charming towns. From the east coast to the west coast, check out our favorite places in America to enjoy the autumn pleasures.

Stowe, VT

Stowe, Vermont is nestled in Mount Mansfield and it is loved by many winter sport fanatics. Stowe also offers picture-perfect views in the fall. Hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing are some of the outdoor activities you can participate in to admire the fall colors. Or you can let Mother Earth treat you with delicious vibrant fall leaves while you cruise to the highest peak in Vermont in a gondola. If you are lucky to be in town for the Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin (VTPC) Festival, join in on the fall competition! 

399 Old Farm Rd., Stowe, VT listed by Meg Kauffman with Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate


Aspen, CO

John Denver spoke the truth when he referred to Aspen as his Sweet Rocky Mountain Paradise in his song “Starwood in Aspen.” Aspen glows with golden leaves of aspen trees in the fall. Take a scenic drive to the iconic Maroon Bells (It’s fair to say Maroon Bells is one of the most photographed spot!) Fly fishing is another great way to enjoy the pristine beauty of Aspen. So cast a line into the Frying Pan River or the Roaring Fork River and catch that enormous trout!

1195 Riverside Dr., Aspen, CO listed by Carrie Wells with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate


Bend, OR

Bend is a delightful small city located in the center of Oregon. Spend an afternoon canoeing or kayaking in the river or lakes to see bursts of red, orange and yellow. If you just can’t get enough of the energetic reds, go to the popular downtown spot, Mirror Pond. As the name suggests, you will be able to see double the beauty in the reflection of the calm water.

63351 Overtree Rd., Bend, OR listed by Alix Keel with Coldwell Banker Reed Bros. Realty


Redding, CA

Northern California is blessed with beautiful colors in the fall. Redding, CA is a city in Shasta Cascade surrounded by national forests and parks. Breathe in the fresh air on the riverfront trails or Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Be sure to take a walk across the Sundial Bridge: look down to see the crystal clear Sacramento River or look up to see the river lined with stunning fall sceneries.

15600 Sol Semete Trl., Redding, CA listed by Maria Jeantet with Coldwell Banker C&C Properties

Traverse City, MI

Traverse City is on the shores of Lake Michigan. The blue water of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with the contrasting bright red, orange and yellow of the forests will take your breath away. And don’t let the season get away before you indulge your palate with award-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Gorgio. Fall is wine harvest season, so be sure to visit the scenic wineries in the area.

3553 Old Mission Rd., Traverse City, MI listed by Molly Buttleman with Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Realtors.



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  1. Cary Sanders
    September 26, 2017

    Those look like some beautiful areas to visit! Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Don’t forget about Grass Valley and Nevada City in Nevada County, California. We recently had two entries (Nevada City and Empire Mine State Park) on the list of 10 recommended stops in the Gold Country. You can read the article here:

    We also have some beautifully colored trees this time of year.

    Enjoy the Fall!

    • Sharon Lee
      September 27, 2017

      Charming! Thanks for sharing with us.


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