September Fall Foliage Destinations Around The USA

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Early fall is settling in across the US, with cooler temperatures and hotter drinks, fewer crowds, and dreamy warm hues painting the natural landscape. Fall might just be our favorite season, with spicey pumpkin-flavored snacks, cozy layers, and a new way of embracing nature. These are some of our favorite spots to welcome the new season, explore transforming landscapes, and take some autumny-vibes pictures for the gram. From gorgeous forests to iconic national parks, let’s explore this crispy-leaved, auburn-colored season.

Acadia National Park, Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, Lake Michigan, Santa Fe National Forest, June Lake, Maroon Bells, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Acadia National Park in Maine, United States

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      Lighter crowds, crisp but not-too-cold temperatures, and vermillion leaves springing up in all directions of this New England coastal destination, it’s no wonder we love Acadia National Park in early fall. With granite peaks, exciting trails, camping, and more, Acadia is an all-encompassing fall destination perfect to embrace nature for the entire family.

  • Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, United States

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      With rugged edges and powerful streams, Rocky Gorge truly encompasses its name. Explore the adventurous trails alongside picturesque candy-apple-colored trees towering in all directions. During the end of summer, a healthy mixture of emerald green and warm fall hues mark the change of season and provide an excellent backdrop for all early-autumn activities.

  • Lake Michigan, United States

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      The warm burnt orange leafy trees of the midwest are in full display at this top early fall destination. With gorgeous forested areas, plentiful nature hikes, and lookout points, anyone looking to melt into the autumn landscape will find satisfaction at Lake Michigan.

  • Santa Fe National Forest, United States

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      This southern New Mexico forest is a patchwork of lush natural landscapes transforming from green to gold as summer halts to an end. Great for outdoorsy people, photographers, and families alike, the sprawling forest begins changing colors in mid-September and slowly reinvites itself as a scenic fall destination.

  • June Lake, United States

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      One of North America’s top destinations to embrace the new season, June Lake is surrounded by a forest gleaming in crisp golden leaves. As early as September the magical change begins spreading throughout the forest, creating a dreamlike, highly saturated, Insta-worthy backdrop for your fall adventures.

  • Maroon Bells, United States

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      The fall foliage at the Maroon Bells Scenic Area is truly unbeatable, the background of clear skies and rugged mountain landscapes contrasts in a delightful way with the endless trees glowing in red and orange. A truly ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and embrace the natural beauty of nature, and the four seasons.

  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, United States

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      What appears to be fluffy puffs of trees decorated in muted oranges surrounded the picturesque Columbia River Gorge in the pacific northwest, is one of the most enchanting September fall foliage destinations off the beaten path. Warm antiquey vibes and fresh autumn air are sure to get you in a cozy mood for the months to come.

  • Denali National Park and Preserve in Denali National Park and Preserve, United States

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      Fall begins to settle between August and October at this Alaskan national park. The rich green plantlife transforms into deep auburn and cherry red. Enjoy crisp fall weather and endless views into the untouched wilderness, a reflection of autumn in all directions. As summer tourists numbers dwindle and shops close down for the season, the true exclusivity of the gorgeous park during the fall is ideal for romantic getaways and family vacations.