1. Dream away on this waterfront estate Glover, VT
Imagine spending a lazy afternoon in a canoe, savoring the stillness on Daniels Pond and watching the pink sky merge with the red and yellow leaves as the sun sets behind the trees. At this luxurious house in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, it doesn’t have to be a daydream. With a wraparound porch and space for ten, you can bring the whole family on your fall getaway. Go hiking, biking, or fishing in the nearby woods—and keep your eyes peeled for moose! In the evening, sit by the fire pit and listen to the loons or grab dinner at the Parker Pie Company, called “Vermont’s best pizza” by the Food Network.
2. Stay near the excitement Branson, MO
Just minutes from the lights and excitement of one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations, this cabin is a quiet haven where you can relax and truly connect with nature. Enjoy the purplish-red leaves of the dogwood trees while grilling on the patio, take the kids to the nearby playground, or tell spooky stories sitting around the rock fire pit. Let the sounds of crickets, tree frogs, and whip-poor-wills lull you to sleep every night. The master bedroom even has French doors that look out into the woods, so you can get your fall foliage fix anytime!
3. Indulge in lakeside luxury Nova Scotia, Canada
Two and a half acres might not (technically) be big enough to qualify as your own personal forest, but it certainly feels like it. Overlooking the pristine Falls Lake and featuring its own dock, kayaks, and a huge wraparound deck, this exquisite country cottage offers no shortage of ways to appreciate the Great Outdoors. Wander the woods, where you might spot eagles, rabbits, deer, moose, and maybe even a bear! Later, whip up s’mores at the lakeside fire pit or make use of the granite kitchen and stainless steel appliances. There’s even a wood stove to snuggle up to if it’s cold.
4. Experience rustic charm Gatlinburg, TN
As the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg shows off some prime autumn foliage. While this authentic log cabin is loaded with Old World charm, it still has all the modern comforts for a great escape. The two decks are furnished with a breakfast table, family-size rocker, and a hot tub so you can enjoy the view while unwinding after exploring the nearby hiking trails. For kids and restless adults, the game room has a pool table and classic arcade game console (including PAC-MAN!) to provide distractions.
5. Enjoy the mountain views Telluride, CO
Colorado offers breathtaking mountain views year-round, but fall colors take them to the next level (altitude pun alert!). Take advantage of the high-end appliances to create an autumn feast with the family or soak up the view from the covered hot tub on the deck. The open layout and giant windows ensure that you can see the San Sophia mountain range from most any room in the house. When you’re ready to venture outside, it’s a short walk to the gondola and Mountain Village, where you can get a bird’s-eye view from the top of Telluride Mountain.
6. Retreat to a cabin in the valley Lake Tahoe, CA
A popular tourist destination in the summer (for lakeside vacations) and winter (for its ski resorts), Lake Tahoe also rolls out a colorful welcome mat each autumn. Nestled in scenic Hope Valley, this charming cabin sits right on the Carson River. Take a walk to enjoy the colorful leaves of the Aspen trees or relax on the deck and take in the fresh mountain air and admire the view of the meadow below. Industrious travelers may want to hit the river and catch their own dinner!
7. Experience autumn in the city Vancouver, Canada
If you like to take in the fall foliage without giving up any of the comforts of city living, this may be the perfect place for you! Located on a tree-lined street in the heart of hip Vancouver, this penthouse is on the top floor of a Craftsman home and features a balcony with French doors and an incredible view of the city. Don’t worry—there are several wooded areas where you can still see the seasonal colors: Stanley Park, the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, and Memorial West Park in nearby Dunbar all make colorful autumn destinations.