A view of a city filled with fall colors, from "Top US Cities to Visit for Fall 2022"

Fall is a great time to travel! From the cooler temperatures and shorter days to the fresh start of the new school year and holidays that fill your calendar, many people are looking forward to finding new US cities to visit in the fall. Especially since it’s so much fun to get outside and see all the colors!


Besides that, the vibrant leaves and pretty flowers aren’t the only things that pop into your head when you hear the word “fall.” Everything from delicious treats, wonderful meals, elaborate costumes, and vibrant colors that go along with the celebrations floods your mind, urging you to get out there and take it all. So, where can you actually get the best out of fall’s beauty in the US? Here you’ll find the top US cities to visit for the perfect fall getaway.



The city of Asheville, North Carolina, enjoys the benefit of having one of the most spectacular displays of autumn leaves in the United States. With its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which provide some of the best vantage points in the country for viewing the season’s vibrant foliage, Asheville is a top destination for fall foliage viewing in the United States. It’s best to schedule your trip to the city between early October and early November if you want to view the mountains’ foliage at its most brilliant.



The fall season in Boston is when the city truly shines, making it the perfect place to go for a vacation. Boston’s parks put on a spectacular show in the fall, with the changing leaves highlighting the city’s ancient buildings. If you’ve never been to Boston in the fall, you owe it to yourself to spend a day taking in the picturesque scenery, and the seasonal splendor of this area of the country as swaths of gold, orange, crimson, and purple leaves transform it.


Napa Valley

Napa Valley is one of the best destinations in the US to see fall foliage because, just when you think you’ve seen it all, it begins to shed its leaves and transform into a dazzling fall paradise. The end of grape harvesting in October signals the beginning of fall’s vibrant colors and picturesque scenery in the valley. Napa Valley is flooded in fall hues of yellow, orange, and red in the month of November, and the air is filled with the tantalizing aroma of blueberries and yeast from the fermenting grapes stored in the valley’s many tanks. 

New York City

The best time to witness the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows in New York City changes from year to year, but typically, the prime times for a fall foliage vacation throughout upstate New York come from the end of September until the mid to late of October. When you visit New York City in the fall, the vibrant colors of the season might give you that serious spring in your step as you take in the fresh, chilly air.



You simply can’t go wrong with a trip to Aspen any time between the beginning of September and early October. Because of the vibrant fall foliage that is displayed against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and clear blue skies, Aspen should be at the top of your travel bucket list for the fall season. It really is something to see and marvel at. The months of September and October are ideal for visiting this mountain town because of the milder weather, fewer tourists, and cheaper lodging.


Plan the cities you’ll visit this fall!

Above all, if you want to get the most bang for your buck and avoid crowds, the fall months can be an excellent choice. If you are on a budget, planning a vacation in the fall won’t break the bank, as you’ll benefit from cheaper airfares, attractive deals and offers from hotels, and many other travel-related discounts.


So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and marvel at the beauty of fall foliage of these US cities in the fall! It’s a great time to celebrate our amazing planet, and it only gets better when nature is at its most vibrant.


Updated 9/15/23.


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