Just as we all look forward to flowers blooming in spring, barbecues in summer, and a white Christmas in winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!), there are certain things about autumn that we wouldn't swap for all the beach days in California. It's the time of the year when we can break out our cozy sweaters, sip on hot, pumpkin spice coffee, warm up to the crackle of a roaring fire, and, of course, admire the breathtaking sights of fall foliage blanketing the landscape.
Despite the seasonal highlights, why not make it different this year? Experience autumn in all it's glory with a trip to our top five states to go glamping this fall.
With an array of stunning state and National Parks throughout, Georgia has to be one of the finest places in the world to enjoy leaf peeping. Head to Amicalola Falls State Park and marvel at the sublime views from the top of the southeast's tallest cascading waterfall or hike along the rim to several outlooks at Tallulah Gorge State Park for epic canyon vistas. For a taste of Southern living, sip on a Georgia sweet tea from the deck of a luxury cabin and unwind in style.
Upstate New York
Although hiking throughout the Adirondacks or the Catskills is the obvious choice for admiring the fall foliage, those yearning for an adventure can explore the landscape by kayaking along the Hudson River or on Lake Champlain and witness the oil painting-like reflections colorfully shimmering on the water. A zip-line tour on Hunter Mountain in the Catskills makes for an exhilarating experience through its fiery hue canopies. Keep your vacation unique with these exceptional accommodations in Upstate New York.
For the ultimate sense of escape, hit the open road in crisp morning air with the rumble and smell of American muscle and take in the extraordinary foliage views from the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. This All-American Road links Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with plenty of opportunities to stop and visit old Appalachian farm buildings, a plethora of scenic hiking trails, and perfect spots to relax with a picnic.
The American west is encapsulated in Montana, with its vast wilderness, rustic ranch life, and rich Native American history. What better way to explore Big Sky Country in fall than with a unique glamping getaway? Discover the unrivaled beauty of Glacier National Park on horseback before riding through the Rocky Mountains on your chrome horse along the outrageous Going-to-the-Sun Road. End the day in true cowboy style with a stay in a traditional cabin with superb mountain views.
Massachusetts is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic places in North America for fall foliage, making it a dreamy destination for a romantic escape. Replace the bustle of the city with the rustle of fallen leaves in The Berkshires, or disconnect on Martha's Vineyard and explore the trails of Manuel F. Correllus State Forest before enjoying an exquisite seafood dinner. For a slice of Americana, savor a piece of Boston cream pie and a hot cup of Joe while relaxing at a lakefront cottage in Cape Cod.