Travel often involves jetting off to see temples, cathedrals, museums and more, but this fall, many travellers in the US are looking for the simplicity of taking in some fall foliage.
Many are actually making a weekend of it, booking Airbnbs in the regions that have the most incredible colour displays as the summer turns to autumn. Airbnb looked at their top trending destinations in the US where there was a surge of interest – like Stowe in Vermont, Salem in Massachusetts, Easton in Connecticut and Lake Placid in New York – and found some locations that offer great views of the leaves. Travellers can take in the colours of fall at a peaceful Lake Placid home in New England, or see the colours outside a Blue Ridge Mountain yurt. Spanning from Vermont to Arkansas, and all the way to Oregon, Airbnb picked some of the prime “leaf-peeping” experiences in the country.
This Airbnb in Easton, Connecticut is only an hour away from New York, but allows visitors to sit by the fire, take a stroll through nature, enjoy a farm fresh egg – and at this time of year, see the beautiful colours.
A Lake Placid, New York cottage offers a fall getaway with views of the foliage, and a fireplace for when you want get cosy inside.
Southern Ozarks and Blue Ridge Mountains
If you’re looking for something very unusual, spend a night in the Blue Ridge Mountain yurt. When you want to get out and enjoy nature, the Shenandoah National Park backcountry is a 10-minute hike away.
A secluded cabin in Boxley, Arkansas near the Buffalo River uses solar energy and rainwater – but has internet and a phone – and is described as a birdwatcher’s paradise.
The Upper Midwest
A log cabin in Rapid River, Michigan is a getaway far from city life, located on 160 private acres that visitors can wander and admire.
A mountain eco-lodge in Wisconsin is located in a natural forest where nature-lovers can enjoy an “off-the-grid haven”.
And if you are still hoping to catch the fall foliage but aren’t sure where to go, check out this map from SmokyMountains.com, which uses more than 40,000 pieces of predictive data to help people find the peak times to see the foliage across the country.