An East Coast-centric frame of mind comes standard when imagining quintessential fall foliage destinations, but autumn is not only partial to New England. This season, chase down the crimson and gold in these places rival the most vibrant of eastern foliage.
The Utah Valley transforms into a canvas of color in the fall. Peaking in mid-September, the area’s fall foliage remains well into October. Just outside of Salt Lake City are an array of canyons and trails bedecked in fall foliage. Big Cottonwood Canyon, carved by ancient glaciers, offers hiking, biking and picnicking backdropped by alpine scenery. Visit its sister mountain, Little Cottonwood Canyon, for fall photo-ops at Red Pine Lake and panoramic views overlooking swaths of auburn, crimson, and gold.
Leaf peeping and wine tasting pair as perfectly as an aged Bordeaux and filet mignon. This season, escape to the Sonoma Valley in Northern California where visitors drink in the views and wine alike. For the best vantage points, hike through the Jack London State Historic Park, where the ranch once owned by Jack London lives. Take a drive along the Russian River, enjoying flamboyant hues and vineyards along the way. Or use this deal at the Boon Hotel & Spa in the Sonoma Valley that includes a bottle of wine and wine tasting passes for two.
Since autumn coincides with harvest, it’s an opportune time to explore another premier wine region, Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Leaf-peepers can sightsee on the go as they wander south on the Coastal Highway 126, engulfed by fall’s kaleidoscope of brilliant colors, to Grants Pass where we have a Travelzoo deal for a cabin overlooking the Rogue River -- a must-see spot for the best fall flare.
Before there are snow-capped mountains, Mother Nature unveils her prowess in early September when verdant trees turn to red, orange, and gold. Driving through Colorado this time of year offers up a spectacle of diverse landscapes in a range of warm palettes. Arguably one of the most picturesque mountains in North America, the Maroon Bells is situated southwest of Aspen. These peaks are an ideal spot to marvel in the glory of fall color.