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A woman on the Artist Bluff trail in New Hampshire

There is nothing like a crisp fall day!  When planning your next autumn vacation, there’s no better location for experiencing fall than on the east coast of the USA. Here, you’ll discover picture-perfect views full of vibrant autumn-colored foliage, stay in charming hotels and inns, enjoy delicious seasonal food and fall in love with all the unique sites and opportunities this part of the country offers.

As someone who grew up in New Jersey, I’ve experienced beautiful falls in my own state and in the surrounding Tri-State area. For me personally, I’ve experienced the best of fall foliage during my 7-day New England road trip in October 2021, but there are so many stunning spots along the entire east coast that make autumn so special.

A fall trip to Woodstock, Vermont

In this article, discover the best fall vacations on the east coast of the United States from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

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Fall vacations on the east coast, USA

East Coast Fall Vacation Ideas:

A woman enjoying one of the best fall vacations on the east coast - Vermont

Below are the best east coast fall vacations you must experience in America! These destinations are great for vacations on the east coast from September through November.

Best Fall Getaways in New England:

A woman enjoying fall in Woodstock, Vermont

When I dream about the best fall vacations on the east coast, New England always comes to mind. Here are great New England spots to visit on the east coast in the fall:

Portland, Maine:

A woman in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is one of the most charming cities in the world and it’s the perfect place for fall weekend getaways northeast in the U.S.

In the city of Portland, you will experience incredible seafood, beautiful nature and coastal architecture. Some of my favorite places to dine at in this charming city are Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room, Vena’s Fizz House and Gilbert’s Chowder House.

After savoring some of the best lobster you’ll ever taste, you must stroll along Portland’s southern beaches, such as Old Orchard Beach. Next, take the scenic fall walk along the Eastern Promenade trail. At this picturesque spot, you’ll find breathtaking views of the harbor and Casco Bay, which are full of vibrant autumn colors.

A fall trip to Portland also wouldn’t be complete without viewing the area’s historic lighthouses. I recommend seeing the Spring Point Ledge Light and Portland Head Light!

The Berkshires, Massachusetts:

A woman enjoying a fall hike in the Berkshires during a vacation

No matter what time of the year it is, I’m constantly dreaming about the autumn-colored streets of the Berkshires from my fall trip. If you are looking for a lovely, quaint and laid-back area to travel to for one of the best September vacations on the east coast, you have to visit the Berkshires!

Overall, experiencing fall in the Berkshires are the perfect place for your wellness and wellbeing. I recommend staying at Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa to renew and relax. You can enjoy great hiking, yoga, biking, equestrian riding and archery.

In addition, the Berkshires also have great dining opportunities and numerous cocktail bars and breweries to check out. There is no better way to embrace fall vibes than visiting Balderdash Cellars near the city of Pittsfield too!

Boston, Massachusetts:

A woman in the Beacon Hill area of Boston during fall

Another one of the best cities to visit during a fall vacation on the east coast is Boston, Massachusetts. One of the main reasons why Boston is one of the top fall getaways on the east coast is because it is filled with fun bars, beautiful parks, charming neighborhoods and great eateries.

When looking for a unique place to stay, I recommend checking into The Liberty Hotel. This former jail turned luxury boutique hotel has a fascinating history. Nowadays, The Liberty Hotel is known for its luxurious rooms, renowned dining scene and swanky bars.

If you’re looking for more places to get a drink or a delicious bite to eat, Boston is packed with many trendy speakeasies, like Drink, and iconic restaurants, like Pauli’s. I also love grabbing a drink at Fairmont Copley Plaza and enjoying brick oven pizza at State Street Provisions. Don’t forget to also enjoy some great beer at Harpoon Brewery!

One of the best places for a fall stroll in Boston, Massachusetts is the lovely Beacon Hill neighborhood. This area of Boston is one of the most desirable places to live as the houses are gorgeous and the sidewalks are elegantly paved with bricks.

Other wonderful spots to enjoy fall foliage in Boston are the Boston Common, Boston Public Garden and the Harvard University campus in Cambridge. For fall sports lovers, become completely emerged into Boston culture at a New England Patriots game.

Salem, Massachusetts:

A woman enjoying one of the most fun fall vacations on the east coast - Salem

For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit this fall, you must add Salem, Massachusetts to the top of your east coast vacation bucket list!

Along with its charm and beauty, Salem’s spooky history makes it one of the most perfect trips east during autumn. You can learn more about the city’s dark, supernatural history from the Salem Witch Museum, The Witch House and the House of the Seven Gables.

To continue your haunting experience, Salem, Massachusetts has some of the most thrilling ghost tours! For Disney lovers, Hocus Pocus was filmed throughout the city, so a trip to Salem isn’t complete without visiting the spots where your favorite scenes took place. (Such as The Ropes Mansion.)

For a fantastic dining experience, I recommend eating at Gulu-Gulu Café and Ledger. You can also enjoy great drinks at Notch Brewery and Far from the Tree Cider.

White Mountains, New Hampshire:

A woman enjoying fall foliage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

One of the best places to visit in the fall, to view foliage on the east coast, is New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

The White Mountains are a hiker’s paradise as its full of bright colors and breathtaking views all around. Some hiking highlights include seeing Franconia Notch State Park’s waterfalls, lakes and rivers. Artist Bluff is also an easy, 1.5-mile hike with fall foliage and scenic mountain views.

After hiking, ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and view nature from above. You also can’t pass up visiting Crawford Notch State Park to enjoy its nature, wildlife and camping opportunities!

Additionally, the White Mountains are one of the best fall vacation destinations on the east coast for dining and drinks. There are a lot of epic breweries in this area, but some great spots for food are Covered Bridge Farm Table and Polly’s Pancake Parlor.

Newport, Rhode Island:

A woman enjoying one of the best fall vacations on the east coast - Newport, Rhode Island

In addition to being a summer destination, Newport, Rhode Island is one of the most exciting fall getaways on the east coast. It is also noted as being one of the most romantic spots in America, making it a great east coast vacation for couples!

Full of poetic, coastal neighborhoods and scenic nature views with fall foliage, you will love exploring Newport during the autumn months. A main reason why Newport makes for one of the best fall vacations on the east coast is because it has the Cliff Walk! The Newport Cliff Walk is a gorgeous trail that runs along the coastline where you can hike, fish, surf or just relax on the beach.

Newport is also home to some of the most glamorous mansions on the east coast! Bellevue Avenue has some of the most lavish and jaw dropping Gilded Age “cottages” to tour such as The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House.

Additionally, Newport, Rhode Island has a lot of great restaurants to enjoy such as The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, The Red Parrot and Pasta Beach. It also boasts great wineries like Greenvale Vineyards!

Woodstock & Stowe, Vermont:

A woman in front of the Woodstock Inn in Vermont during a fall getaway

Vermont is one of the best places to visit in the fall. It makes for one of the best fall vacations on the east coast because of its foliage, charming villages and the beautiful Green Mountains! When in Vermont, you must do a mini road trip to visit both Woodstock and Stowe.

During a trip to Woodstock and Stowe, you cannot miss visiting the Woodstock Inn, which is surrounded by gorgeous mums and other fall blooms. You can also attend a wine or cooking class at this gorgeous property and enjoy a drink by one of the cozy fireplaces. For a relaxing experience, you can book a service at the Inn’s spa.

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont is also the perfect location to experience all the fall vibes. There are cute cafés, boutique shops and historic buildings to keep you entertained! Woodstock is also famous for its unique covered bridges and the iconic Sleepy Hollow Farm.

A couple hours north of Woodstock is Stowe. At this stunning location, you can get a taste of fall at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which has freshly baked apple cider donuts at their onsite bakery; a cidery to taste local ciders as well as a country store and lunch spot to enjoy some goodies. Not too far from Cold Hollow Cider Mill is the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory!

If you’re looking for an epic bird’s eye view of Vermont’s fall colors, you can ride Stowe’s Gondola Skyride, or if you’d rather stay closer to the ground, Smuggler’s Notch is a beautiful, wooded area with hiking trails.

East Coast Fall Vacations in the Tri-State Area:

A woman enjoying fall at Happy Day Farm in New Jersey

Another beautiful area to feel like you’ve stepped foot into a real-life coloring book is the Tri-State area and Pennsylvania. The Tri-State area consists of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Finger Lakes, New York:

A woman on a fall weekend trip to the Finger Lakes in New York

One of my personal favorite places to visit in the fall is the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. The reason why it makes for one of the best fall vacations on the east coast, especially if you are 21 or older, is because it boasts some of the most renowned wineries and vineyards in the country!

Overall, there are a total of 11 lakes in the Finger Lakes wine region – Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco. The lake areas I recommend exploring are Seneca, Cayuga and Skaneateles.

A fall trip to the Finger Lakes must include staying at a cozy inn or bed and breakfast. Two great choices are the Inns of Aurora and The Bond 1835! For those staying at Inns of Aurora, two great wineries to visit are Long Point Winery and Bright Leaf Vineyard. A great restaurant to enjoy is Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora.

In addition to wine, the Finger Lakes also has a lot of breathtaking hiking and nature trails! An epic spot to visit in this area is Watkins Glen. The geology behind Watkins Glen goes back to the Pleistocene era when the area was covered by ice. The movement of glaciers from the Laurentide and Wisconsin ice sheets shaped the Finger Lakes region.

Catskills, New York:

A woman staying at a Getaway House in the Catskills during a fall vacation on the east coast

Looking for a relaxing and peaceful fall destination? The Catskills of New York is the perfect New York City getaway for you to renew and unwind.

The Catskills are one of the best fall weekend getaways on the east coast because it boasts some of the most incredible foliage in the Tri-State area. During a trip to the Catskills, I recommend staying at a cabin through Getaway housing for a nature escape.

When you stay at a Getaway House in New York, you can enjoy a fall glamping retreat with plenty of hiking trails and endless outdoor activities. Some of the most memorable trails to hike are Kaaterskill Falls, Overlook Mountain Trail and one of the Catskill 35 peaks!

Also, the Catskills boasts some great wineries and breweries such as Hudson-Chatham Winery and Rip Van Winkle Brewing.

Hudson Valley, New York:

Two women enjoying the wineries in the Hudson Valley of the East Coast

The Hudson Valley is a beautiful region located in Southern New York State. This area is full of great fall adventures, which makes it one of the top fall vacations on the east coast and especially in the Tri-State area!

One of the best activities to do during the fall in the Hudson Valley is to go for a hike! For incredible views, you must hike at Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain State Park, Mount Beacon, Breakneck Ridge and around Mohonk Mountain House.

This underrated location, which is around an hour outside of New York City, is also known for its local wineries! Some of the best Hudson Valley wineries and cideries to visit are Warwick Valley Winery, Pennings Orchard and Cidery, Angry Orchard, Benmarl Winery and Brotherhood Winery.

Another reason why the Hudson Valley is a great fall destination is because there are plenty of apple orchards to pick local produce. There are also plenty of farms with great pumpkin picking and hayrides!

During a fall escape to the Hudson Valley, you must attend the annual Oktoberfest at Krucker’s in Pomona and the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park! Overall, the Hudson Valley is one of the best and most memorable fall weekend trips you can take on the east coast.

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania:

A woman horseback riding during an east coast vacation in the Poconos

The Pocono Mountains, or better known as the Poconos, are one of the best getaways to add to your east coast fall vacations bucket list! The exciting outdoor activities here are endless and they are even more incredible during autumn.

The activities at Pocono Manor Resort are awesome! You can enjoy archery, horseback riding, golf and more! For hikers, the Pocono Mountains are famous for the Appalachian Trail. Additionally, Bushkill Falls is a scenic hike for you to visit while you’re in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Lambertville and Manalapan, New Jersey:

A woman at a sunflower field in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of the prettiest places to road trip through during September and October. In addition to fun cities like Hoboken, Jersey City and Atlantic City, along with the Jersey Shore beaches, New Jersey is also recognized for its stunning farms and gardens. (New Jersey is called the Garden State for a reason!)

One of the quaintest cities along the Delaware River is Lambertville. It has one of the most charming downtown areas with historic buildings and fun antique shopping opportunities. The restaurants and bars in Lambertville are awesome and a great place to stay at is Woolverton Inn in the nearby town of Stockton.

What is great about Lambertville is that it allows locals and visitors alike to walk from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Located on the other side of the Delaware River is New Hope, Pennsylvania. It is also charming like Lambertville and boasts a great downtown area.

Another fun fall spot in New Jersey is Happy Day Farm in Manalapan! Known for its “Instagrammable” pumpkin house, sunflower fields, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, tractor rides and food trucks. This farm should not be missed during a visit to New Jersey in the fall.

Fall Vacations on the East Coast in the Mid Atlantic:

A woman enjoying a fall getaway on the east coast of America

The Mid Atlantic states in the USA also boast a lot of beautiful autumn locations! From the mountains of West Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley, there are reasons why this area makes for one of the leading fall vacations on the east coast!

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia:

A woman enjoying fall in Harrisonburg

Home of the Blue Ridge Mountains, scenic nature, beautiful farmland and historic cities, the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia is a must-see fall destination and one of the most perfect vacations on the east coast.

One of my favorite east coast fall vacation ideas is wine tasting and the Shenandoah is one of the best wine-producing regions in Eastern America. I suggest visiting Crosskeys Vineyards and Bluestone Vineyard for the freshest, local wine and incredible countryside and mountain views! In addition to wine, the city of Harrisonburg boasts great local breweries to check out!

Located two hours southwest from Washington D.C., the Shenandoah Valley has excellent hiking opportunities too that are breathtaking during the autumn months. I recommend visiting Shenandoah National Park for some of the best fall foliage in the region, along with renowned hiking!

Best Fall Vacations in the South:

A woman enjoying the best fall vacations on the east coast of the USA

In case you’re wondering, yes, the American South does have some great fall destinations that you must visit! From Asheville to Pigeon Forge, learn more about these unforgettable autumn destinations.

The Smoky Mountains, Tennessee:

Two women enjoying a fall vacation in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are the perfect location for a nature-filled east coast autumn vacation. When looking for the best place to stay in The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I recommend booking one of the best weekend getaways on the east coast at Yourcation Awaits. The Yourcation Awaits house in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is cozy, scenic and overlooks the famous Dollywood amusement park.

If you’re looking for a dreamy autumn hike, you need to explore Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which features amazing fall foliage. After a hike, make your way into the fun town of Gatlinburg where you can enjoy moonshine tasting, play fun games and make countless memories. In Gatlinburg, you can also take a gondola ride that overlooks the Smokies!

Asheville, North Carolina:

A woman in front of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Lastly, another great Southern fall location is the Blue Ridge Mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina! When enjoying a fall weekend in Asheville, you must explore the city’s foodie and beer scene, go on a hike and see the famous Biltmore Estate!

Recognized as “America’s Favorite Drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile scenic drive along the Appalachian Mountains. It’s one of the most magical spots to enjoy fall foliage in Asheville!

In addition, a trip to Asheville is not complete without touring the Biltmore Estate, which is famous for being America’s Largest Home. It is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau that will leave you dreaming. During a visit to the Biltmore Estate, you must also go to the winery!

Regarding food in Asheville, I recommend enjoying tapas at Cúrate, donuts at Vortex Donuts, beer at Wicked Weed Brewing and Southern comfort food at Tupelo Honey.


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  1. Kim Deer on August 26, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    This is an awesome guide to such amazing fall destinations. Some of these trips I have taken with you and have relived them reading this blog. Brought back some great memories. I did not get to all these places but definitely will at some point. They all look like fabulous places to visit ~ such a wonderful read on these beautiful, serene vacation spots ~ love you, mom xoxo 😘

    • Taylor Deer on August 26, 2022 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you mom! I love the fall so much! Love you too! <3

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A woman on the Artist Bluff trail in New Hampshire

There is nothing like a crisp fall day!  When planning your next autumn vacation, there’s no better location for experiencing fall than on the east coast of the USA. Here, you’ll discover picture-perfect views full of vibrant autumn-colored foliage, stay in charming hotels and inns, enjoy delicious seasonal food and fall in love with all the unique sites and opportunities this part of the country offers.

As someone who grew up in New Jersey, I’ve experienced beautiful falls in my own state and in the surrounding Tri-State area. For me personally, I’ve experienced the best of fall foliage during my 7-day New England road trip in October 2021, but there are so many stunning spots along the entire east coast that make autumn so special.

A fall trip to Woodstock, Vermont

In this article, discover the best fall vacations on the east coast of the United States from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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Fall vacations on the east coast, USA

East Coast Fall Vacation Ideas:

A woman enjoying one of the best fall vacations on the east coast - Vermont

Below are the best east coast fall vacations you must experience in America! These destinations are great for vacations on the east coast from September through November.

Best Fall Getaways in New England:

A woman enjoying fall in Woodstock, Vermont

When I dream about the best fall vacations on the east coast, New England always comes to mind. Here are great New England spots to visit on the east coast in the fall:

Portland, Maine:

A woman in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is one of the most charming cities in the world and it’s the perfect place for fall weekend getaways northeast in the U.S.

In the city of Portland, you will experience incredible seafood, beautiful nature and coastal architecture. Some of my favorite places to dine at in this charming city are Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room, Vena’s Fizz House and Gilbert’s Chowder House.

After savoring some of the best lobster you’ll ever taste, you must stroll along Portland’s southern beaches, such as Old Orchard Beach. Next, take the scenic fall walk along the Eastern Promenade trail. At this picturesque spot, you’ll find breathtaking views of the harbor and Casco Bay, which are full of vibrant autumn colors.

A fall trip to Portland also wouldn’t be complete without viewing the area’s historic lighthouses. I recommend seeing the Spring Point Ledge Light and Portland Head Light!

The Berkshires, Massachusetts:

A woman enjoying a fall hike in the Berkshires during a vacation

No matter what time of the year it is, I’m constantly dreaming about the autumn-colored streets of the Berkshires from my fall trip. If you are looking for a lovely, quaint and laid-back area to travel to for one of the best September vacations on the east coast, you have to visit the Berkshires!

Overall, experiencing fall in the Berkshires are the perfect place for your wellness and wellbeing. I recommend staying at Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa to renew and relax. You can enjoy great hiking, yoga, biking, equestrian riding and archery.

In addition, the Berkshires also have great dining opportunities and numerous cocktail bars and breweries to check out. There is no better way to embrace fall vibes than visiting Balderdash Cellars near the city of Pittsfield too!

Boston, Massachusetts:

A woman in the Beacon Hill area of Boston during fall

Another one of the best cities to visit during a fall vacation on the east coast is Boston, Massachusetts. One of the main reasons why Boston is one of the top fall getaways on the east coast is because it is filled with fun bars, beautiful parks, charming neighborhoods and great eateries.

When looking for a unique place to stay, I recommend checking into The Liberty Hotel. This former jail turned luxury boutique hotel has a fascinating history. Nowadays, The Liberty Hotel is known for its luxurious rooms, renowned dining scene and swanky bars.

If you’re looking for more places to get a drink or a delicious bite to eat, Boston is packed with many trendy speakeasies, like Drink, and iconic restaurants, like Pauli’s. I also love grabbing a drink at Fairmont Copley Plaza and enjoying brick oven pizza at State Street Provisions. Don’t forget to also enjoy some great beer at Harpoon Brewery!

One of the best places for a fall stroll in Boston, Massachusetts is the lovely Beacon Hill neighborhood. This area of Boston is one of the most desirable places to live as the houses are gorgeous and the sidewalks are elegantly paved with bricks.

Other wonderful spots to enjoy fall foliage in Boston are the Boston Common, Boston Public Garden and the Harvard University campus in Cambridge. For fall sports lovers, become completely emerged into Boston culture at a New England Patriots game.

Salem, Massachusetts:

A woman enjoying one of the most fun fall vacations on the east coast - Salem

For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit this fall, you must add Salem, Massachusetts to the top of your east coast vacation bucket list!

Along with its charm and beauty, Salem’s spooky history makes it one of the most perfect trips east during autumn. You can learn more about the city’s dark, supernatural history from the Salem Witch Museum, The Witch House and the House of the Seven Gables.

To continue your haunting experience, Salem, Massachusetts has some of the most thrilling ghost tours! For Disney lovers, Hocus Pocus was filmed throughout the city, so a trip to Salem isn’t complete without visiting the spots where your favorite scenes took place. (Such as The Ropes Mansion.)

For a fantastic dining experience, I recommend eating at Gulu-Gulu Café and Ledger. You can also enjoy great drinks at Notch Brewery and Far from the Tree Cider.

White Mountains, New Hampshire:

A woman enjoying fall foliage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

One of the best places to visit in the fall, to view foliage on the east coast, is New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

The White Mountains are a hiker’s paradise as its full of bright colors and breathtaking views all around. Some hiking highlights include seeing Franconia Notch State Park’s waterfalls, lakes and rivers. Artist Bluff is also an easy, 1.5-mile hike with fall foliage and scenic mountain views.

After hiking, ride the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and view nature from above. You also can’t pass up visiting Crawford Notch State Park to enjoy its nature, wildlife and camping opportunities!

Additionally, the White Mountains are one of the best fall vacation destinations on the east coast for dining and drinks. There are a lot of epic breweries in this area, but some great spots for food are Covered Bridge Farm Table and Polly’s Pancake Parlor.

Newport, Rhode Island:

A woman enjoying one of the best fall vacations on the east coast - Newport, Rhode Island

In addition to being a summer destination, Newport, Rhode Island is one of the most exciting fall getaways on the east coast. It is also noted as being one of the most romantic spots in America, making it a great east coast vacation for couples!

Full of poetic, coastal neighborhoods and scenic nature views with fall foliage, you will love exploring Newport during the autumn months. A main reason why Newport makes for one of the best fall vacations on the east coast is because it has the Cliff Walk! The Newport Cliff Walk is a gorgeous trail that runs along the coastline where you can hike, fish, surf or just relax on the beach.

Newport is also home to some of the most glamorous mansions on the east coast! Bellevue Avenue has some of the most lavish and jaw dropping Gilded Age “cottages” to tour such as The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House.

Additionally, Newport, Rhode Island has a lot of great restaurants to enjoy such as The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, The Red Parrot and Pasta Beach. It also boasts great wineries like Greenvale Vineyards!

Woodstock & Stowe, Vermont:

A woman in front of the Woodstock Inn in Vermont during a fall getaway

Vermont is one of the best places to visit in the fall. It makes for one of the best fall vacations on the east coast because of its foliage, charming villages and the beautiful Green Mountains! When in Vermont, you must do a mini road trip to visit both Woodstock and Stowe.

During a trip to Woodstock and Stowe, you cannot miss visiting the Woodstock Inn, which is surrounded by gorgeous mums and other fall blooms. You can also attend a wine or cooking class at this gorgeous property and enjoy a drink by one of the cozy fireplaces. For a relaxing experience, you can book a service at the Inn’s spa.

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont is also the perfect location to experience all the fall vibes. There are cute cafés, boutique shops and historic buildings to keep you entertained! Woodstock is also famous for its unique covered bridges and the iconic Sleepy Hollow Farm.

A couple hours north of Woodstock is Stowe. At this stunning location, you can get a taste of fall at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which has freshly baked apple cider donuts at their onsite bakery; a cidery to taste local ciders as well as a country store and lunch spot to enjoy some goodies. Not too far from Cold Hollow Cider Mill is the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory!

If you’re looking for an epic bird’s eye view of Vermont’s fall colors, you can ride Stowe’s Gondola Skyride, or if you’d rather stay closer to the ground, Smuggler’s Notch is a beautiful, wooded area with hiking trails.

East Coast Fall Vacations in the Tri-State Area:

A woman enjoying fall at Happy Day Farm in New Jersey

Another beautiful area to feel like you’ve stepped foot into a real-life coloring book is the Tri-State area and Pennsylvania. The Tri-State area consists of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Finger Lakes, New York:

A woman on a fall weekend trip to the Finger Lakes in New York

One of my personal favorite places to visit in the fall is the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. The reason why it makes for one of the best fall vacations on the east coast, especially if you are 21 or older, is because it boasts some of the most renowned wineries and vineyards in the country!

Overall, there are a total of 11 lakes in the Finger Lakes wine region – Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco. The lake areas I recommend exploring are Seneca, Cayuga and Skaneateles.

A fall trip to the Finger Lakes must include staying at a cozy inn or bed and breakfast. Two great choices are the Inns of Aurora and The Bond 1835! For those staying at Inns of Aurora, two great wineries to visit are Long Point Winery and Bright Leaf Vineyard. A great restaurant to enjoy is Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora.

In addition to wine, the Finger Lakes also has a lot of breathtaking hiking and nature trails! An epic spot to visit in this area is Watkins Glen. The geology behind Watkins Glen goes back to the Pleistocene era when the area was covered by ice. The movement of glaciers from the Laurentide and Wisconsin ice sheets shaped the Finger Lakes region.

Catskills, New York:

A woman staying at a Getaway House in the Catskills during a fall vacation on the east coast

Looking for a relaxing and peaceful fall destination? The Catskills of New York is the perfect New York City getaway for you to renew and unwind.

The Catskills are one of the best fall weekend getaways on the east coast because it boasts some of the most incredible foliage in the Tri-State area. During a trip to the Catskills, I recommend staying at a cabin through Getaway housing for a nature escape.

When you stay at a Getaway House in New York, you can enjoy a fall glamping retreat with plenty of hiking trails and endless outdoor activities. Some of the most memorable trails to hike are Kaaterskill Falls, Overlook Mountain Trail and one of the Catskill 35 peaks!

Also, the Catskills boasts some great wineries and breweries such as Hudson-Chatham Winery and Rip Van Winkle Brewing.

Hudson Valley, New York:

Two women enjoying the wineries in the Hudson Valley of the East Coast

The Hudson Valley is a beautiful region located in Southern New York State. This area is full of great fall adventures, which makes it one of the top fall vacations on the east coast and especially in the Tri-State area!

One of the best activities to do during the fall in the Hudson Valley is to go for a hike! For incredible views, you must hike at Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain State Park, Mount Beacon, Breakneck Ridge and around Mohonk Mountain House.

This underrated location, which is around an hour outside of New York City, is also known for its local wineries! Some of the best Hudson Valley wineries and cideries to visit are Warwick Valley Winery, Pennings Orchard and Cidery, Angry Orchard, Benmarl Winery and Brotherhood Winery.

Another reason why the Hudson Valley is a great fall destination is because there are plenty of apple orchards to pick local produce. There are also plenty of farms with great pumpkin picking and hayrides!

During a fall escape to the Hudson Valley, you must attend the annual Oktoberfest at Krucker’s in Pomona and the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park! Overall, the Hudson Valley is one of the best and most memorable fall weekend trips you can take on the east coast.

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania:

A woman horseback riding during an east coast vacation in the Poconos

The Pocono Mountains, or better known as the Poconos, are one of the best getaways to add to your east coast fall vacations bucket list! The exciting outdoor activities here are endless and they are even more incredible during autumn.

The activities at Pocono Manor Resort are awesome! You can enjoy archery, horseback riding, golf and more! For hikers, the Pocono Mountains are famous for the Appalachian Trail. Additionally, Bushkill Falls is a scenic hike for you to visit while you’re in Eastern Pennsylvania!

Lambertville and Manalapan, New Jersey:

A woman at a sunflower field in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of the prettiest places to road trip through during September and October. In addition to fun cities like Hoboken, Jersey City and Atlantic City, along with the Jersey Shore beaches, New Jersey is also recognized for its stunning farms and gardens. (New Jersey is called the Garden State for a reason!)

One of the quaintest cities along the Delaware River is Lambertville. It has one of the most charming downtown areas with historic buildings and fun antique shopping opportunities. The restaurants and bars in Lambertville are awesome and a great place to stay at is Woolverton Inn in the nearby town of Stockton.

What is great about Lambertville is that it allows locals and visitors alike to walk from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Located on the other side of the Delaware River is New Hope, Pennsylvania. It is also charming like Lambertville and boasts a great downtown area.

Another fun fall spot in New Jersey is Happy Day Farm in Manalapan! Known for its “Instagrammable” pumpkin house, sunflower fields, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, tractor rides and food trucks. This farm should not be missed during a visit to New Jersey in the fall.

Fall Vacations on the East Coast in the Mid Atlantic:

A woman enjoying a fall getaway on the east coast of America

The Mid Atlantic states in the USA also boast a lot of beautiful autumn locations! From the mountains of West Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley, there are reasons why this area makes for one of the leading fall vacations on the east coast!

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia:

A woman enjoying fall in Harrisonburg

Home of the Blue Ridge Mountains, scenic nature, beautiful farmland and historic cities, the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia is a must-see fall destination and one of the most perfect vacations on the east coast.

One of my favorite east coast fall vacation ideas is wine tasting and the Shenandoah is one of the best wine-producing regions in Eastern America. I suggest visiting Crosskeys Vineyards and Bluestone Vineyard for the freshest, local wine and incredible countryside and mountain views! In addition to wine, the city of Harrisonburg boasts great local breweries to check out!

Located two hours southwest from Washington D.C., the Shenandoah Valley has excellent hiking opportunities too that are breathtaking during the autumn months. I recommend visiting Shenandoah National Park for some of the best fall foliage in the region, along with renowned hiking!

Best Fall Vacations in the South:

A woman enjoying the best fall vacations on the east coast of the USA

In case you’re wondering, yes, the American South does have some great fall destinations that you must visit! From Asheville to Pigeon Forge, learn more about these unforgettable autumn destinations.

The Smoky Mountains, Tennessee:

Two women enjoying a fall vacation in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are the perfect location for a nature-filled east coast autumn vacation. When looking for the best place to stay in The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I recommend booking one of the best weekend getaways on the east coast at Yourcation Awaits. The Yourcation Awaits house in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is cozy, scenic and overlooks the famous Dollywood amusement park.

If you’re looking for a dreamy autumn hike, you need to explore Great Smoky Mountain National Park, which features amazing fall foliage. After a hike, make your way into the fun town of Gatlinburg where you can enjoy moonshine tasting, play fun games and make countless memories. In Gatlinburg, you can also take a gondola ride that overlooks the Smokies!

Asheville, North Carolina:

A woman in front of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Lastly, another great Southern fall location is the Blue Ridge Mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina! When enjoying a fall weekend in Asheville, you must explore the city’s foodie and beer scene, go on a hike and see the famous Biltmore Estate!

Recognized as “America’s Favorite Drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile scenic drive along the Appalachian Mountains. It’s one of the most magical spots to enjoy fall foliage in Asheville!

In addition, a trip to Asheville is not complete without touring the Biltmore Estate, which is famous for being America’s Largest Home. It is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau that will leave you dreaming. During a visit to the Biltmore Estate, you must also go to the winery!

Regarding food in Asheville, I recommend enjoying tapas at Cúrate, donuts at Vortex Donuts, beer at Wicked Weed Brewing and Southern comfort food at Tupelo Honey.


A woman enjoying the best fall vacations on the east coast

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best fall vacations on the east coast of the United States. If you have any questions, please email me at in[email protected]

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 26, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    This is an awesome guide to such amazing fall destinations. Some of these trips I have taken with you and have relived them reading this blog. Brought back some great memories. I did not get to all these places but definitely will at some point. They all look like fabulous places to visit ~ such a wonderful read on these beautiful, serene vacation spots ~ love you, mom xoxo 😘

    • Taylor Deer on August 26, 2022 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you mom! I love the fall so much! Love you too! <3

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