September 23rd is the official start of the autumn season here in the United States. The autumn season means we get to see brilliant leaves, observe the spooks of Halloween, and eat a slice of the pumpkin pie. With the Autumn season officially underway, you may be wondering where would be the best places to see the fall foliage this autumn? This is where I step in and help you figure all that out.
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Breckenridge, Colorado is a charming mountain town located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. During autumn, the Breckenridge area is brimming with the famous golden aspen trees that dots the rocky mountains during this time of the year. There are endless opportunities to take in the breathtaking golden aspens.
Hiking is one of the best methods for exploring the golden aspen foliage. For hiking, you will want to consider one of the trails in the Boreas Pass located just outside of Breckenridge.
The Boreas Pass area is a great place to hike as you will go through a canopy of aspen trees brimming with golden leaves while at the same time offering a sweeping view of the soaring peaks which, if you are lucky, will be capped with snow. You will also go high enough in the Boreas Pass area in order to be able to take in the spectacle views of the town of Breckenridge.
Hotel – Residence Inn Breckenridge
If you are in need of a place to lay your head overnight, here are a couple hotels I would encourage you to check out. The first is Residence Inn Breckenridge. This hotel is located on 600 South Ridge Street, just south of the downtown area of Breckenridge.
The Residence Inn offers complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub among its amenities offering. This hotel is welcoming to pets. So, if you are planning to take your pet with you, this is a great hotel for you. All rooms and suites here comes fully equipped with a kitchen/kitchenette, allowing you to cook your own food. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $199 to $781.
Hotel – Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
The second hotel is Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. This is a full service resort style hotel. Beaver Run is located at 620 Village Road to the southwest of downtown Breckenridge. There are a lot of options here for rooms and suites to choose from.
There are a broad range of exciting amenities here including, but is not limited to, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, an arcade room, multiple full service restaurants and bars, a clothing and accessory store, tennis courts, and a skiing school. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $134 to $429 here.
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a scenic town located in the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park area. Even though the area is a beautiful place year round, it is especially beautiful during the autumn when the leaves turn into a vibrant mixture of reds, oranges, and yellows.
One of the best ways you can take in the breathtaking views is to go for a drive on U.S. Route 441 until you get to Clingsman Dome Road then head on that road which will lead you to the parking area. At this point, you will be at the highest elevation in the Smokies at around 6,643 feet high.
There will be a short, but steep hiking path that will lead you to the Clingsman Dome Observance Tower. For taking the drive and then making it to the observance tower, you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the Smokies and the fall foliage that dominates the scenery.
Hotel – Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg
Should you need a place to stay overnight, here are two hotels you can book a night in. The first hotel is Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. This hotel is located at 539 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. It is a resort-style hotel that offers compelling amenities such as indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a couple full service restaurants and bars, a massage spa.
There are a range of room and suite options including a special, secluded bungalow called Jimmy’s Hideway, all available for you to book. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $179 to $375.
Hotel – Gatlinburg Inn
The second hotel is Gatlinburg Inn. This is a historic hotel located at 755 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. The amenities offered here includes an outdoors swimming pool, free breakfast and charming front porch rockers for enjoying the views. There are also many historical photos of Gatlinburg Inn inside the hotel for your viewing enjoyment too as well. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $145 to $236.
Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine is a picturesque seaside town located on Mount Desert Island right off the coast of Maine. The natural beauty of the area speaks for itself. I recommend going for a hike on one of the many winding trails in Acadia National Park which for the most part is located on Mount Desert Island.
You will want to aim for the summit of Cadillac Mountain which, at 1,527 feet high is the highest point on Mount Desert Island. You will be treated with stunning views of the mountain, rocky coastlines, charming towns like Bar Harbor, the ocean and of course the colorful fall foliage that dominates the scenery.
Hotel – Best Western Acadia Park Inn
If you are yearning for a place to stay overnight, may I suggest two of the area hotels for you to book a night? The first hotel is Best Western Acadia Park Inn. This hotel is located at 452 Maine Route 3 to the northwest of Bar Harbor.
There are plenty of worthwhile amenities at the hotel for your enjoyment, including a playground, a S’Mores fire pit, park-style BBQ and picnic tables, a badminton area, and more. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $180 to $255.
Hotel – Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina
The second hotel I would suggest is Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina. This is a oceanside hotel located at 55 West Street in downtown Bar Harbor. As the hotel name indicates, a massage spa and a marina are among the amenities that are offered here at this hotet and are worth checking out. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $351 to $574.
These are the three best places to see the fall foliage this autumn season. I cannot predict with 100 percent precision as to the best time to see the fall foliage as this depends on a variety of weather factors. However, the best time to go and see the fall foliage is usually from late September through early November.