Top Leaf-Peeping Weekend Excursion Destinations

The time is now for the most beautiful leaf-peeping excursion of the year.  Fall has kicked into high gear, and nature is dancing in a blanket of color.  Get out and explore what that changing of the seasons looks, smells, and feels like in some of the nation’s most coveted locations.  

If you’re not sure where to begin your adventure, set a few moments of your day aside for research.  Start now, and check out a brief synopsis of some top-notch leaf-peeping destinations for your next weekend excursion.  

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is not only one of the most gorgeous places in the nation, but the town also offers loads of entertainment and exciting attractions to fill your time.  You won’t be heading to Gatlinburg just for the view, but the view is reason enough to plot your itinerary.

There are an array of different things to do in Gatlinburg, but the accommodations of the areas are so nice you may never want to leave your cabin.  You’ll love Gatlinburg so much, a weekend excursion may not be long enough to suffice your desire to explore the area.  

Charlottesville, Virginia

If you’re craving the coveted display of nature’s true orange, yellow, and red, Charlottesville will not let you down.  Take a trip along the Skyline Drive for a breathtaking spectacle of the Earth’s seasonal purge.

Get a taste of the history of Virginia, and hop aboard the Civil War history tour.  You may also want to get a taste of Virginia’s wine country and check out one of the area’s tasting tours.

Durango, Colorado

Durango’s Animas River Trail is the perfect setting to witness the vibrant golds brought to life by the transitioning aspen trees in the area.  The Vallecito Lake Reservoir is another location worth exploring in Durango, and there are others if you have the time.  

When you’re done leaf-peeping, there are plenty of places for a great fishing, hiking, or biking experience.  Get acquainted with the great outdoors of Colorado, and relax in one of the most relaxed states in the country.  

Whitefish, Montana

Reserve your accommodations at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana, and get ready for one of the most illuminating experiences of your year. 

The bright colors of Montana’s fall foliage will light up your day, and the forests filled with golden larch and aspen trees provide a particularly gorgeous smell.  Roll down the windows, and cruise through Whitefish to the Glacier National Park for an extended leaf-peeping adventure.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville’s added allure is the rich culture the town provides.  The Blue Ridge Parkway is an absolute must for a leaf-peeping journey, and you’ll want to spend time weaving your way through one of the local apple orchards as well.