With fall now fully underway, it’s time to admire the signs of seasonal change: crisp autumn air, cozy sweaters, farms full of fat pumpkins, and of course, leaves transforming from a vibrant green to rich reds, yellows, and oranges. If you’re looking to kick off your autumn with a day full of leaf peeping, then you’re in the right place! We’ve put together a list of the seven best places in the United States that are perfect for watching the leaves change.Discover HomeExchange
Eastern Shore, MD
If you’re looking for a state that loves autumn, then Maryland is a prime location to try out leaf peeping. Take in the beauty of the Eastern Shore’s red, orange, yellow, and green leaves as you drive through or stroll along a trail in one of the region’s scenic parks, such as the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Tuckahoe State Park, and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
The Poconos, PA
Regardless of what time of year it is, the Pocono Mountains are a wonder to behold, but the beauty of autumn is on a whole other level. If you’re looking to cruise down Route 507 to go leaf peeping, make sure you time your trip right: Mid-October is when the changing leaves are at their peak.
White Mountains, NH
For those hoping to make a long trip out of their leaf peeping experience, drive along the Kancamagus Highway, nestled within the White Mountains National Forest. There, you’ll find 34 miles of unparalleled views of New Hampshire’s autumnal leaves.Plan your trip
Ever wonder why Aspen, CO got its namesake? Take a trip there in the fall to see for yourself! The city, named after its glorious aspen trees, is filled with iridescent orange and yellow leaves. Step outside into nature to revel in the beauty of Aspen’s trees, contrasted against the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
Upper Peninsula, MI
Run, don’t walk to Upper Peninsula, MI to make sure that you see the leaves when they’re at their peak: late September through early October. While you take in the stunning view of the trees, you can also grab a view of the Great Lakes, since this region borders all three bodies of water.
California is not famous for having weather reflective of all four seasons, as proven by the vast amount of the state’s evergreen trees. However, about an hour away from San Diego, the city of Julian offers a full fall experience on the West Coast. Take a stroll along the Garnet Peak Trails to look at the changing leaves, and then head on over to one of the city’s orchards for an afternoon of apple picking.
Denali National Park, AK
While it might seem unusual to leave the continental United States for a glimpse of autumnal leaves, you won’t regret the scenic views Alaska’s Denali National Park offers. September is the end of the park’s busy season, so you can enjoy the fall foliage without having to deal with crowds of tourists. Among the leaves you might also catch a glimpse of Alaskan wildlife like elks, moose, and even bears.Travel with HomeExchange
With all these options to watch the leaves change, you’re guaranteed to find somewhere to celebrate the beginning of fall. Whether you’re planning on having an overnight leaf peeping trip or if you decide to extend it a few days, HomeExchange will be there to make sure that you have someplace to rest your head after a long day out.