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6 Great Destinations for Fall Foliage Hikes

by Katie Skrzek

Aug 10, 2023

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North America

As warm summer days wind down, now is the perfect time for family travelers to start planning a fall foliage hiking vacation. Consider a trip to one of these stunning locations.


Aspen, Colorado

Fall foliage colors are especially vibrant in Colorado. Wellbeing brand Sensei partners with The Little Nell in Aspen for an intimate group hiking retreat. Available Oct. 2–7, the guided retreat brings hikers of all skill levels to some of Aspen’s most picturesque hiking trails.


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Burlington, Vermont

Make Hotel Vermont your home base during your visit to Burlington. The hotel’s team created a comprehensive hiking trails list for hikers of all skill levels. Take in Vermont’s best leaf-peeping opportunities on your hike then enjoy other fun fall activities.


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Elizabeth City, North Carolina

The charming town of Elizabeth City offers family travelers leaf-peeping opportunities at nearby state parks. Dismal Swamp State Park boasts 21 miles of diverse trails. Located just outside of the city, Merchants Millpond State Park offers a blend of swamp and hardwood forest.


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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport comes alive in fall with trees of beautiful red, orange and yellow hues. Take in the fall foliage on the famed 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. If biking is more your speed, opt for a ride along East Bay Bike Path.



While the Lone Star State might not be the first place you think of when considering fall foliage, there are numerous trails throughout the state boasting beautiful autumnal colors. Visit Lost Maples State Natural Area, Lanana Creek Trail and Daingerfield State Park during your stay.


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Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City is home to many hiking options. Explore the nature reserves of Pere Marquette State Forest. Experts, opt for the challenging Sleeping Bear Dunes. For an urban trail, visit the 10.5-mile Traverse Area Recreation Trail with views of Lake Michigan.


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