The Great Smoky Mountains of Colorado and North Carolina come into their own during the fall months. You just need to check out a few photos to witness the gorgeous scenery on offer. Rustic red leaves and beautiful orange skies make this wild haven the perfect place to spend a couple of weeks. The Smoky Mountains are one of the most popular places to visit in the USA. But don't let that deter you because crowds have started to wind down now. You'll be able to enjoy backpacking in isolation, exploring the surroundings for yourself. There's plenty of places to stay too with great little hostels and welcoming hotels for any traveller.
Glacier National Park
If you want to spend the fall roughing it, we suggest you head across to Glacier National Park. This destination is perfect if you're looking for adventure. You won't find much regarding accommodation but you will find the perfect spot for a camping trip. Bathe in the crystal clear streams and explore this rugged terrain on foot for yourself. The lucky ones will find an abundance of wildlife if they venture far enough into the forests. You might even spot a bear or two! This destination is nothing short of a backpackers dream if you're brave enough.
Or, how about taking a trip to Columbia River. The beautiful location boasts a scene like nothing you've seen before. Cross a rickety bridge and gaze down at a waterfall, plummeting over the edge of a towering cliff into the gorge below. Of course, you don't just have to walk across it. Daredevils can try their luck at white water rafting. The river is unforgiving and you won't be able to tame it, but you can certainly have fun trying to stay afloat. Don't worry, there are plenty of guides to make sure you don't get in too much trouble. If you just fancy gazing at the scenery, there are plenty of mountain roads. You can drive all across the landscape as the leaves start to blush, leaves falling on the paths ahead. It's quite a dazzling scenic route, particularly as you climb ever higher.
Would you like to enjoy this fall in class? The Berkshires are the place to be with stunning accommodation and world class dining. Celebrate the fall in luxury, lavishing in the wonders of beautiful rustic cabins. Pick the right place to stay and you'll have a gorgeous view of the world below. There's stunning woodland to wander through the day and in the evening, have a lovely glass of wine on the porch. Watch the sunset over a breathtaking landscape with New Yorkers who always fit this destination into their year.
New York City
Or, how about heading to where they are escaping from. You can take a trip to NYC this summer. Central Park is in full bloom, and it's the perfect time to visit the city. It's a quiet time of year in Manhattan, and you'll find plenty of the tourist attractions far less crowded. The weather's often perfect too. You've dodged the heat waves are summer, and you're getting in before the winter winds of December. There's also the fall sales that are not to be missed for keen shoppers.
Tourists have left San Francisco by fall leaving you to the reign of this magnificent city. Walk or drive across the famous golden gate bridge and enjoy the pleasant breeze from both sides. You can still appreciate incredibly scenery in San Francisco. Take a cable car up to the surrounding mountains and gaze down in wonder at the city below. Worried about the cost of such a popular destination? You can cut costs by staying in a hostel outside the city, away from the hustle and bustle.
We're back in the wild world now with Yellowstone National Park. This massive stretch of land is filled with tourists, backpackers and families in the summer. You'll be lucky if you find a single space to park your camper van. In the fall, the park is just as beautiful and vacationers have headed home. A quiet, peaceful area to spend the fall will make you forget the park homes one of the biggest dormant volcanoes in the world.
The Golden Coast
It's not too late to get that beach holiday. You can explore the golden coast this fall and walk across stunning sands. It's still warm enough to take a dip and plenty of watersports activities are available. If you want to try waterskiing for the first time, this is the perfect place.
Or, how about a relaxing autumn season in wine country, California. Drive through a gorgeous, lush landscape, filled with countless vineyards. Learn how to taste wine and pick up a bottle or two of the most delicious beverages you've ever tried. Forget France; this is the best location for indulging your appetite for something sweet.
Or, finally, how about heading to one of the best ski resorts in America. There won't be snow at Jackson Hole Wyoming just yet, but the mountain resort is still a beautiful fall destination. Take the Aerial Tram up to the highest mountains and stay at an all American lodge. Complete with good food, great company and fantastic service for your end of year vacation.