The beauty of the autumn season makes the transition from summer to winter just a little bit easier on the soul. There’s no better way to experience fall foliage than a group trip on the east coast when the leaves are changing and the crisp mid-October air makes for a refreshing outdoor adventure.
Lake Placid, New York
If your group is looking for a breathtaking view of the Adirondack peaks’ fall foliage over the sparkling water, Lake Placid is where you want to be. This little village in the mountains overlooks Mirror Lake and is a busy tourist destination filled with plenty of things to do in the fall. You can horseback ride through the colorful Adirondack trails, enjoy a scenic hike, fish on the water or head to one of the fall festivals in town.
Acadia National Park, Maine
One of the best places to see fall foliage in New England, this park is known as the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast. The crisp autumn weather makes Acadia National Park the perfect hiking destination for beautiful views of the Atlantic coastline as it meets the rugged terrain.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina
Meander through the region’s 469 miles of gorgeous agricultural land and Appalachian Highlands, stretching from Virginia to North Carolina. Early colors of fall appear in late September and by the beginning of October, you’ll see the fall foliage at its peak. Along your travels, you’ll pass old farmsteads, wooden fences and colorful scenic mountain overlooks.
Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
Vermont’s sugar maple trees stacked on Green Mountain give off some of the most vibrant reds, oranges and golds, making it a gorgeous east coast fall foliage road trip for a group. There are plenty of recreational activities to try out in the forest’s busiest season, fall, including hiking, mountain biking or fishing! You’ll find plenty of cabins and lodges in the area for your group to stay.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
This rural region among the mountainous Massachusetts terrain is a popular destination for fall foliage enthusiasts all over. The region is filled with river valleys and peaks that expose the red and orange fall leaves in a new light. You’ll come across several historic roads and trails as you hop from town to town. If you’ve got a group of foodies, you may also want to explore the impressive farm-to-table scene!
Litchfield County, Connecticut
Autumn is the best time of year to visit this quaint little New England county with rolling hills and color-changing trees. The Appalachian Trail and other state parks offer plenty of opportunities for your group to explore the outdoors. Litchfield is also known for being an antique paradise, so if you’ve got treasure-hunters in your crew, there’s much to see.