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Best Places for Retirees in the Fall

By H.A.R.D. Wears on September 14, 2021 in Unique Retirement Gifts

We love to travel at H.A.R.D. and we’re exploring the best places for retirees in the fall. We’ve seen the country and continue exploring our nation. We’re proud to be Americans and love learning about our history and seeing all our nation has to offer. Travel is such a big part of our retirement, we thought we’d share some of our favorite fall adventure places with you.

September to November is the ideal time to enjoy the Autumn color and the best fall foliage in the USA. If you want to play and relax the H.A.R.D. way, here’s some great fall travel destinations for you.

  • Yellowstone National Park:

Yellowstone National Park is a popular fall destination in America. It is the oldest national park in the US and attracts more than 4 million visitors every year. One should visit Yellowstone National Park between October to November to get the best fall colors.

Travelers can experience stunning hiking trails towards the Upper and Lower Falls. There are several hot springs and geysers visitors can enjoy in in and around Yellowstone, too.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains:

This is the most popular national park in America! It is also one of the best fall destinations in the USA. The Great Smoky Mountains national park is on the border of the North Carolina and the Tennessee region at the heart of Blue Ridge mountains. The trees here create a stunning view of gold, orange, burgundy and red color in the fall season.

If you are an adventure seeker like us, then you can hike towards Chimney Tops. The hiking trail is short and steep but the jaw-dropping mountain scenery makes it worth it. If hiking isn’t your thing, consider taking a helicopter tour. The sights are spectacular!

  • Vermont:

Vermont is one of the best destinations in New England to enjoy the best fall foliage. Most of Vermont is covered in medium-density forest with maple, birch, and beech trees, which turns into splendid warm color during fall. We suggest taking the gondola ride that is available in Stowe so you can enjoy a fantastic bird’s-eye view of the coloring Stowe valley.

Burlington is another beautiful city in Vermont during fall. The reflection of the colorful tress over the lake Champlain provides a breathtaking view with the Adirondack mountains in the distance. We love renting bikes and accessing the multitude of trails through the woods to really get in with nature.

  • Asheville

Asheville has one of the longest and most vibrant fall seasons in our country. Check the Asheville Fall Forecast to experience the peak fall color in Asheville, North Carolina.

The weather is extremely pleasant here during fall. The leaves start to change their colors into red, yellow and orange from early October and last to mid-November.

Asheville is the home of some incredible hikes. One of our favorites is Hickory Nut Falls Trail which is about a 40 minute drive from Asheville. The gentle slope and wide trail make it accessible for all types of hikers.

  • White Mountains, New Hampshire:

A lot of retirees consider the White Mountains as one of the best fall vacations. The trees show extreme vibrant colors in the mountain paired with deep blue sky. It truly makes a perfect combination to offer a spectacular view of fall.

There are several mountain peaks to climb and strenuous trails to hike. One of the most preferred beginner’s levels of hikes is Flume Gorge. There are several opportunities to enjoy beautiful rivers and lakes throughout this hike. Flume Brook waterfall is another major attraction here.

Driving through the famous Kancamagus Highway provides another great option for viewing the beautifully colored leaves. You can also ride on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway for an amazing view of the multi-colored canopy.

  • Flagstaff, Arizona:

Flagstaff doesn’t always come up in conversations about fall travel, but this great community is situated in the perfect fall setting. This little mountain town is in the Northern Arizona region, surrounded by mountains and ponderosa pine forests. We think Flagstaff is one of the best places to visit in October in America.

The aspen tree leaves go from golden yellow to orange to crimson red during the Autumn season. The exquisite colors displayed provide the most amazing muse for artists and create stunning backdrops for family photos.

We also recommend going for a romantic walk in Buffalo Park or on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. We also recommend going for the short drive, about an hour, to Sedona to enjoy the scenic view of aspen trees standing in a line by the roadside.

  • Hudson Valley, New York:

Hudson Valley in New York , wow!  This valley has a long fall season as it covers a vast area from north to the south region and the Catskill Mountains. The whole valley looks amazing when it turns into incredible its favorite shades of reds, yellows and oranges.

Many farms dot the valley where travelers are welcome to visit. Peoples buy fresh apple, squash or perfect pumpkin from the farms.

  • Oahu, Hawaii:

Oahu doesn’t usually make the list for fall travel, but we think it’s the perfect time to check it out. You will find it is much less crowded than when everyone’s trying to get beach time in. This island becomes a cultural paradise with food, fashion and film festivals in the fall. It’s truly a piece of paradise.

Fall lovers can hike to Koko Crater Arch along the Railway Trail for breathtaking views over the South Shore.

We love taking in the waterfalls of Oahu. Some of our favorites are Manoa Falls, Likeke Falls and Lulumahu Falls.

  • Salt Lake City, Utah:

Salt Lake City , Utah is another great place to visit in the fall. We recommend going from mid-September to October, though snowfall can get a bit tricky in the higher elevations.

The native trees in Utah, like maple, aspen, oak create spectacular hues of yellow, orange, purple and red. One of the most beautiful ways to enjoy the fall colors is to drive through Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. This 20-miles journey offers a mesmerizing view of Mount Timpanogos and a line of chromatic aspen trees.

While there are so many more places we’d recommend traveling to in the fall, these are some of our favorites and a great place to start with our list. If you have some favorite fall destinations, feel free to send them our way. We’re always looking for places to explore and our readers might enjoy your list, too.

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