The Beauty of Fall

Explore resources and options for a great Fall Foliage adventure.

Enjoy the colors of Fall with an exciting escape...both near and far.  For travel planning assistance:

Close to Home

You don't have to travel too far to enjoy the colors of Fall.  Visit:

  • Black Hills Route - Head out of Rapid City toward Hermosa and Custer State Park.  From there, wind your way along the Black Hills Parkway.  Next on the agenda is Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and finally Vanocker Canyon.
  • Loop past some of South Dakota's best sites along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.
  • Ooh and aah along the Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway.
  • Combine a scenic drive with some great history, driving along the Outlaw Trail.
  • For a wide array of experiences within one drive, enjoy the Wildlife Loop Road Scenic Byway.

Fun Things to Do in the Fall:

  • Celebrate the area's heritage at Eureka German-Russian Schmeckfest.
  • Hike up Crazy Horse at the Fall Volksmarch.
  • Share your cooking talents at a local Chili cook-off.
  • Take in one of the many fall festivals.
  • Enjoy all things German at a local Octoberfest.
  • Have a toe tapping good time at Deadwood Jam or any one of the fall concerts.
  • Get your scare on at one of the local Fright sites, such as the Haunted Fort in Lake City.
  • Indulge in all things pumpkin at a variety of patches
  • Get some treats at the Watertown and Sioux Falls Zoo Boo events.

Cruises

Fall Foliage Cruise Ports

Cruising the Atlantic Coastline of the United States and Canada is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Fall.  Our partner, Regent Seven Seas, gives this summary of some of the best ports along the Eastern seaboard.

Bar Harbor, Maine
Tall ships unfurl their sails and make for the open sea, while harbor seals, porpoises and whales play in the wide blue bay. From the mid-1800s until the great fire of 1947, Bar Harbor was a haven for wealthy summer visitors who built shingled, 60-room "summer cottages" on rocky promontories and islands. Today, the main interest is Acadia National Park, a magnificent landscape of towering coastal mountains and coves, lakes, hundreds of streams and ponds, and Somes Sound, a splendid glacial-carved fjord.

Boston, Massachusetts
Home to more colleges and universities than any other city in the United States, Boston has been the intellectual capital of America for more than 350 years. Step into the past along Boston’s Freedom Trail, leading you through some of the most interesting chapters in U.S. history: the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, and Beacon Hill. You will discover 16 of America’s major colonial and revolutionary sites in all, and all within a 1.5-mile walk.

Newport, Rhode Island
Known as the ‘Queen of Summer Resorts’, Newport was home to many of America’s wealthiest Gilded Age tycoons including the Astors, Belmonts and Vanderbilts. Today, the traveler can tour these opulent mansions, carefully restored by the Newport Preservation Society. Walking tours of Newport showcase a fine collection of pre-Revolutionary War buildings in the Colonial Downtown section, sophisticated boutiques and excellent restaurants.

Halifax, Canada
Welcoming travelers to an innovative and historic cityscape, Nova Scotia’s Halifax offers excellent dining and friendly maritime smiles. Tour Halifax Citadel or take a stroll along the historic waterfront or through the delightful Public Gardens, the oldest Victorian gardens in Canada. Lobster and seafood are local specialties and always tempting to the taste-buds.. The Micmac Indians, called the area ‘Chebuctook’, meaning Great Long Harbor and the city’s ideal location on one of the largest natural harbors in the world made it a strategic asset for convoys in both world wars. Scenic Dartmouth lies on the opposite shore and can be visited by crossing on the oldest saltwater ferry in Canada.

Montreal, Canada
The diversity and rich cultural heritage of Montréal never ceases to captivate the traveler. Take a horse-drawn carriage through the Vieux-Montréal, the largest collection of historic buildings in North America. Browse the shops and boutiques along the 19-miles of neon-lit corridors of the Underground City. Explore the exquisite works on display at the Musée des Beaux Artes or walk part of the Jardin Botanique, the largest Chinese garden in North America.

Quebec City, Canada
Prepare to be thoroughly charmed by this great historic city. The only walled metropolis in North America provides a taste of authentic, profoundly French culture. Stroll the cool cobbled streets of Basse-Ville with its outstanding 17th- and 18th-century architecture, graceful parks and delightful sidewalk cafés. Head over to the Rue du Trésor where many local artists display and sell their artwork. Discover Place Royale, a beautifully restored market square and the green-turreted castle of Château Frontenac, Québec’s most celebrated landmark. Stop for spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River, Île d’Orléans and the Laurentian Mountains at Dufferin Terrace.

Saint John, Canada
Explore the sophisticated urban delights of Canada’s oldest incorporated city and its extraordinary natural wonders in Saint John and the Bay of Fundy. Discover the area’s Loyalist heritage and shipbuilding industry with a visit to the New Brunswick Museum. Enjoy the Victorian Architecture as you stroll to the Old City Market. Look for maple syrup, local handicrafts, hard cider and other food items and souvenirs. With the world’s highest tides, head out to view the thrilling natural wonder of the water as it roils and swirls literally reversing the river’s flow during the change from low to high tide.


Combine a fantastic cruise experience with the beautiful Autumn scenery for the ultimate Fall Foliage vacation. 
 

Celebrity Cruises

Enjoy Modern Luxury when you sail with Celebrity to Canada/New England.  Thoughtfully crafted itineraries treat you to the best of Autumn with stops in charming ports such as Boston, Bar Harbor, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City and more.

 
 

Holland America Line

Along the eastern coast of North America, the ports of New England and Canada's Atlantic Provinces bear witness to both fascinating histories and diverse cultures that continue to thrive to this day.  Whether you want to step back in time or see what the future holds for its metropolises, a journey along the east coast of North America promises to be eye-opening and unforgettable.

 
 

Royal Caribbean Cruises

New England boasts some of the most exquisite colors in the fall. But it's also home to the "Cradle of Liberty" we know and love as Boston, not to mention the best lobster this side of the Atlantic in Maine. Journey to the oldest cities on the Atlantic Coast with a New England cruise.

 
 

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruises offers 4, 5 and 7 day cruises departing from the Big Apple, New York City. Gaze back at famous lighthouses overlooking the coastline. Explore the nautical life of quaint seaside villages. See some of the most historic harbors.

 
 

Princess Cruises

The pages of history and stunning natural beauty blend seamlessly as you cruise the color-drenched shores of Canada & New England. Visit the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove in Halifax, return to the Gilded Age in Newport and so much more. On board, you'll dine like a New Englander on succulent crab cakes and lobster.

 
 

Escorted Vacations

Travel with one of our premium travel partners on a Fall Foliage adventure that will have you ooohing and aaahing at every turn.  It's a great way to get the best foliage experience.
 

Colors of New England

Be charmed by the Colors of New England on this 8-day tour that brings you from the heart of historic Boston to the farms, coast and mountains of the north. Tour historic Boston during a two-night stay. Explore Woodstock, Vermont, a quintessential New England village. Tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and sample some of their delicious creations. Watch apples transform into cider before your eyes, learn about the maple sugaring industry, dig in at a traditional New England lobster dinner and so much more. As an added benefit on this Member Choice Vacations - AAA Vacations tour, you'll enjoy an exclusive amenity.

 

Hidden Gems of New England

You'll love the beauty and charm of New England, especially when you get to discover some of its hidden gems.  Highlights include Boston, the sites of Concord, Mark Twain House, Nook Farm, Ken Burn's "backyard" and so much more.

 

 


Fall Colours of New England

From historic Boston to quintessential Cape Cod and deep into rural New England explore picture postcard small towns steeped in rich autumn colors with their quaint homes, curiosity shops and towering white church steeples, this great value trip covers essential fall foliage with a few surprises along the way.

 

 


New England Spectacular Fall Foliage

Embark on the quintessential autumn holiday in this truly picturesque corner of North America, brimming with Americana and alive with the spectacular colors of an Indian Summer. This Insight Vacations tour allows you to fully enjoy New England's unique fall foliage at a moderate pace. Relax with two-night stays in Stowe and North Conway, explore historic attractions, discover quaint towns filled with Americana appeal and sample delectable local specialties.

 

 

Best Viewing Dates

Leaf Peepers Fall Foliage Information

The following is a list of “Hotlines”, web sites and recommended viewing dates.  Please be aware that some of these numbers will not be active until September or later.
 

State

Hotline

Website

Best Views

Alabama

800-252-2262

http://alabama.travel/trails/fall-color-trail

Early Oct -
late Nov

Alaska

800-327-9372

https://www.travelalaska.com

August

Arizona

800-354-4595

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Late Sep -
mid Nov

Arkansas

501-682-7777

http://www.arkansas.com/fall-foliage/

Mid Oct - 
early Nov

California

800-354-4595

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Mid to late
Oct

Colorado

800-265-6723

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Mid Sep -
mid Oct

Connecticut

800-282-6863

http://www.ctvisit.com

Mid Sep -
late Oct

Delaware

866-441-8846

http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do

Late Oct

Florida

888-735-2872

http://www.visitflorida.com

Nov

Georgia

800-864-7275

http://georgiastateparks.org/LeafWatch

Early Oct - 
early Nov

Hawaii

800-464-2924

http://www.gohawaii.com

N/A

Idaho

800-847-4843

https://visitidaho.org/trip-guides/

Mid Sep - 
mid Oct

Illinois

800-223-0121

http://www.enjoyillinois.com/seasonal/fall

Mid Oct -
early Nov

Indiana

800-289-6646

www.visitindiana.com

Late Sep -
early Oct

Iowa

515-233-4110

http://www.iowadnr.gov

Oct

Kansas

913-296-2009

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Late Sep -
early Nov

Kentucky

800-225-8747

www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons/

Late Sep -
early Nov

Louisiana

800-354-4595

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Late Oct

Maine

800-533-9595

http://www.maine.gov

Late Sep -
mid Oct

Maryland

800-532-8371

http://www.visitmaryland.org

Late Sep -
early Nov

Massachusetts

800-227-6277
ext. 4

http://www.visit-massachusetts.com

Oct

Michigan

888-644-3255

http://www.michigan.org/fall

Mid Sep -
late Oct

Minnesota

800-657-3700

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Late Sep -
mid Oct

Mississippi

800-354-4595

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Late Oct

Missouri

800-898-8895

http://mdc.mo.gov

Mid Oct 

Montana

800-847-4868

http://glaciermt.com/fall-foliage.php

Late Sep -
early Oct

Nebraska

402-471-0641

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Mid -
late Oct

Nevada

800-354-4595

http://travelnevada.com/

Mid Oct

New Hampshire

800-258-3608

http://www.visit-newhampshire.com/state/foliage/

Late Sep -
late Oct

New Jersey

800-354-4595

http://www.visitnj.org

Mid Oct

New Mexico

800-354-4595

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors/

Mid Sep -
Late Oct

New York

800-225-5697

https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall

Mid Sep -
mid Oct

North Carolina

800-847-4862

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org

Late Sep -
early Nov

North Dakota

800-435-5663

https://www.ndtourism.com

Early -
Mid Oct

Oklahoma

800-652-6552

http://www.travelok.com

Late Oct -
early Nov

Oregon

800-547-5445

http://oregonfallfoliage.wordpress.com/

Late Sep -
early Oct

Pennsylvania

800-VISIT-PA

https://visitpa.com/season/fall

Late Sep -
early Oct

Rhode Island

800-556-2484

http://www.visitri.com/state/foliage/

Mid Oct

South Carolina

800-849-4766

http://www.southcarolinaparks.com

Mid Oct -
mid Nov

South Dakota

800-732-5682

https://www.travelsouthdakota.com

Early -
mid Oct

Tennessee

800-697-4200

https://www.tnvacation.com

Late Sep -
mid Nov

Texas

800-452-9292

https://tpwd.texas.gov/

Late Oct -
mid Nov

Utah

800-200-1160

https://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do

Late Aug -
late Sep

Vermont

800-VERMONT

http://www.vermont.com/foliage.cfm

Early Sep -
late Oct

Virginia

800-434-LEAF

https://www.virginia.org/fall/foliagereport/

Early Oct -
mid Nov

Washington

800-354-4595

http://www.experiencewa.com

Oct

West Virginia

800-225-5982

http://www.wvstateparks.com/fallmap.html

Late Sep -
late Oct

Wisconsin

800-432-8747

http://www.travelwisconsin.com

Late Sep -
early Oct

Wyoming

800-225-5996

http://www.wyomingtourism.org

MId Sep -
mid Oct


Please note:  some phone number and/or website provides general tourism information and may not necessarily provide specific information on fall foliage.


Other Numbers and Websites

Organization

Hotline

Website

Allegheny National Forest

814-723-5150

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

828-298-0398

http://www.nps.gov/blri/

California Fall Color

N/A

http://www.californiafallcolor.com/

US Agencies & Forest Service

800-354-4595

http://www.fs.fed.us/fallcolors

Foliage Network

N/A

http://www.foliagenetwork.com

Leaf Peepers

N/A

http://www.leafpeepers.com

Shenandoah National Park

540-999-3500

http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm

Best Places for Foliage in Canada

N/A

http://gocanada.about.com

 

 

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