8 Best Fall Getaways on the East Coast

The best things about fall are the changing colors of leaves, fire pits in cooler weather, and the fall holidays. The mystical views that come with fall are irresistible. While you can list and choose numerous fall getaways in many other countries, this article discusses the ten best fall getaways on the east coast of the United States.

Stowe, Vermont 

Aerial view of Stowe Vermont and the Green Mountains with autumn colors.
Aerial view of Stowe in Vermont with the Green Mountains in the background

Located at the base of Vermont’s highest peak, this stunning New England village is a cozy fall getaway. There are hiking trails for those who love to walk, and amazing nature views for those who would a scenic drive. You can walk the less explored back lanes, enjoy outdoor activities, or just sink in the beauty of the vibrant fall colors. 

From farm-to-table dining options to cider donuts and sipping on craft beer, you will find good comfort food. Another good experience is the Trapp Family Lodge which is famous for its European-style lodging inspired by “The Sound of Music” movie. 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

A Beautiful Sunset in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth is an excellent urban getaway that is close to the shore and easy to walk about. The pretty shoreline, well-preserved old structures, arts, and culture all add to the amazement of changing colors during fall. 

Among other attractions, there are heritage walking tours, biking, hiking, games, activities, theatre, excursions, live jazz, dining, and lots of scope for family fun. Cruises to the less populated Star Island happen at the start of October. 

Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina

Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina
Stunning Scenery in Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina

Nature lovers from all over the state hike up to the Hanging Rock for amazing views. During fall the view is unmatched because of the vibrant, colored foliage from the viewpoint. Along the hike, you see lakes, streams, waterfalls, and wildlife which add to the beautiful experience. 

The Park has many trails for various difficulty levels, the easy ones are the most explored trails. The NC Division of Parks & Recreation has a website that allows visitors to plan their stay and bookings for hiking, bridle, and bike trails.

Charleston, South Carolina 

Historical downtown area of Charleston, South Carolina, USA at twilight.
Historical downtown area of Charleston, South Carolina at twilight

Dubbed the Holy City, Charleston is particularly attractive during the fall. This city is old with lots of interesting history. Some say it is the most haunted place in America but it has 5 of the happiest seaside towns in America. The state is known for its romantic appeal, stone walkways, old buildings, beaches, museums, parks, and exquisite dining and shopping places.

A few ways to enjoy the fall in Charleston are to participate in the hot air balloon festival, visit Hampton Park for Sunday brunch, join the historic walking tour, walk down the Farmer’s market, visit a plantation or simply just explore the town’s natural beauty as you like!

Boonsboro, Maryland 

Boonsboro Maryland from South Mountain - warm sunset light
Boonsboro Maryland from South Mountain

Boonsboro offers the classic movie feel fall feeling with leaf peeping as a popular activity during fall. You can enjoy the fall colors and weather if you choose to hike or bike. Some of Boonsboro’s landmarks are Annapolis Rock, Greenbrier State Park,  Devil’s Backbone Park, and Shafer Park.

History lovers should also visit the historic Antietam National Battlefield Civil War sites and go back in time. Visitors can also do day tours and explore museums, marketplaces, dining, and shopping facilities.

The Berkshires, Massachusetts 

Fall Color at Berkshire county Massachusetts
Fall colors in Berkshire county, Massachusetts

Home to the most enthralling fall scenes, this place is celebrated for its rich, intense fall foliage. The colors, landscape, and nature in general are a wonderful treat for fall lovers. During fall the air becomes cooler and the beautiful hues of fall come alive. This is undoubtedly one of the most stunning spots in New England for fall foliage.

The streams and mountains overlooking the vibrant colors are heavenly. Some exciting ways to enjoy Berkshire's fall are going hiking, camping, farm-to-table dining, and apple picking at apple farms. Also, experience the exciting events that happen during the fall.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts 

Cape Cod Provincetown beach Massachusetts US
Cape Cod Provincetown beach in Massachusetts

Watching the colors of red, orange, and yellow leaves against the ocean background at Cape Cod. The fewer crowds and pleasant weather add to its charm. Wine tasting at the Truro Vineyard is a perfect thing to do during this time. 

Bask in the glory of the fall feeling with The Cape Cod Rail Trail. Also, experience good fall views by walking down the Provincetown Harbor pier. Fall is your last chance to go whale watching, play golf, explore route 6A, do the haunted Cape Cod history tour, and join Oktober fest, and other fall festivals.

Ocean City, New Jersey 

Aerial View of Ocean City, NJ
Aerial View of Ocean City, New Jersey

Known for its broadways and beaches, this city is the perfect place to admire the colors and beauty of fall. It is said to be the most family-friendly place and so aptly called America’s greatest family resort. There is the old and very famous Gillian’s Wonderland Pier for rides and rollercoasters.

During fall the city still offers a lot to tourists including golfing, fishing, places to eat, shops, and Carson’s Inlet State Park, with a boat launch, trails, wetlands, and shorebirds. Walking down the broadways will lead you to amusement parks, cafes, stores, and other attractions.

The typical East Coast fall season depends on weather conditions. You may need to plan your holiday at the right time since the colors of fall change from week to week. In general, the right time to plan your getaway is during the months of September, October, and November. For the northeast regions, the foliage season starts to show in early September. Also, if you plan overnight trips or long weekend getaways, you may have to plan your trip in advance as most places may be fully booked.


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