When summer temperatures are sizzling, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to see the fall foliage. And there’s no better way to experience this colorful, magical phenomenon than by traveling country roads in a luxury motorcoach. LiTRV can help you assess your luxury RV rental options, arrange for a professional driver, and assist with other travel needs, such as reservations at fine dining restaurants, local tourist excursions, and other memorable experiences.
“Leaf peeping” tourism is particularly popular in New England, Appalachia, the upper Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, and many areas of Canada. Weather plays a pivotal role in how vibrant the leaves are during this seasonal change, but typically the best time to see fall foliage is between mid-September and early November.
Here are some ideas to consider:
The Finger Lakes Region of New York
The Finger Lakes region consists of a group of 11 long, narrow north-south lakes located south of Lake Ontario. Known for its breathtaking scenery, including waterfalls, gorges and rolling hills, the region also features many festivals, wineries, and craft breweries. There are so many beautiful places to explore, including Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park, Finger Lakes National Forest, Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls. Reservations for luxury RV resorts tend to book up quickly, so now is a good time to confirm plans.
Fall is a great time to visit Vermont. The cool, crisp autumn air and spectacular fall foliage provide the perfect setting for harvest festivals, Octoberfest events, hiking, apple picking and other fun activities. The maple trees not only produce colorful fall foliage, but they also produce the sap that forms Vermont’s famous maple syrup. There are several luxury RV resorts throughout the state and near Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, with beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding Adirondack mountains.
The Rocky Mountains provide a different fall foliage experience. While you won’t see the rich, deep red, cranberry, purple and variety of other colors that are on display in the Northeast, the large aspen and cottonwood trees turn bright yellow, deep orange and gold. Set against the rugged, rocky mountain peaks, along with tall pine trees, the views are stunning, especially on a clear day. Consider visiting Durango, an old western railroad town that was established in 1880. Or if you’re seeking a more modern area with high-end restaurants and boutiques, consider visiting Aspen, and be sure to visit Maroon Bells. As one of the most photographed alpine scenes in the country, the Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains that reflect off of Maroon Lake.
Known as the Evergreen State, the state of Washington is full of maples, aspens, and larches that explode in color when autumn arrives. There are several luxury RV resorts near Mt. Rainer National Park, which was described by John Muir as “the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” Central Washington is home to the state’s wine country, and this region also provides for good “leaf peeping.” The Olympic Peninsula lies across Puget Sound from Seattle and is another great place to visit in the fall. With access to the Pacific coast, the Hoh rainforest, and the Olympic mountains, the area features tribal cultural centers, fishing, hiking, mountain climbing and whale watching.
The good news is that there are many choices to see fall foliage throughout the United States and Canada. Reservations at luxury RV resorts and hotels do book up quickly, so it’s not too early to begin planning your trip. Our LiTRV team is ready to assist you.