The Most Insta-Worthy Fall Locations in the U.S.
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It's mid-October and fall is officially in full swing.
While the weather still can't decide if it wants to be hot or cold, the changing colors on the trees and the arrival of pumpkin spice-flavored everything are still adequate markers of the start of autumn.
Unfortunately, some U.S. cities get to experience the glory of fall more than others. If you happen to live in a place that tends to skip the seasons, you're probably wondering where you should go to get the full autumn experience.
Thankfully, we're here to help. Keep scrolling for the most Insta-worthy fall locations in the U.S.
1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
A small town nestled next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is an ideal destination to witness the magic of autumn colors. Gatlinburg is a well-known tourist destination, primarily for its thriving ski resort and its scenic views. With so many trees and other wildlife around, capturing the magic of fall is easy in this small mountain town.
2. Denver, Colorado
Known for its enthusiastic, outdoorsy population, Denver is an unsurprising addition to our list of fall locations. This scenic city is known for its long season of changing autumn hues, giving you plenty of time to plan a vacation and snap a few pics before winter sets in.
3. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Across the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minnesota, Minneapolis is basically an autumn wonderland. Known for its parks and lakes, it's home to a plethora of scenic backdrops perfect for snapping the quintessential fall photo. Plus, the many museums and landmarks contained in the city will make your journey that much more exciting, while still ensuring you get the taste of fall you've been craving.
4. Sedona, Arizona
Although it's technically a desert, Sedona, Arizona still captures plenty of fall magic. Red-rock buttes and steep canyon walls are littered with beautifully colored trees that combine autumn magic with the warm desert climate. Plenty of trailheads and outdoor activities make for the perfect nature-filled vacation to capture plenty of Insta-worthy photos.
5. Boston, Massachusetts
When it comes to autumn, New England is known for its picture-perfect fall, and there's no better place to capture the magic than Boston, Massachusetts. Crisp weather and falling leaves create an ideal autumn experience, while the massive amounts of historical landmarks and museums will add another exciting element to your visit.
6. Montpelier, Vermont
Also within the New England area, Montpelier, Vermont features some of the most vibrant fall colors around. Here you can experience a relaxing fall getaway surrounded by sprawling trees and the warm yellows and oranges of fall. It's the perfect weekend escape if you just want to relax, soak in the crisp air and get some early use out of your favorite winter sweaters.
7. Washington, D.C.
If you're looking for the perfect excuse to visit our nation's capital, you've finally found it. Not only will you be able to spend your days traipsing through some of the most iconic landmarks in the country, you'll also get to experience perfect autumn weather along the way. A fall trip to D.C. checks two major points of your Insta-worthy list: incredible sights and perfect autumn weather.
8. Portland, Oregon
After your East Coast fall visits, head on over to the PNW and experience fall in Portland, Oregon. In Portland, you get the best of both worlds—a thriving city life full of shops and amazing restaurants, and numerous hiking trails just outside the city that feature some amazing scenic views. You can enjoy a stay in America's weirdest city and snap a few fall pics for your Insta—what could be better than that?
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