Travel Bug: Top 5 places for fall foliage

travel bug top 5 places for fall foliage colors woodstock print

While the leaves piling up in your yard or on top of your car windshield may not be very convincing, one of the best things about entering the fall season is no doubt seeing the colors change. With the cooler weather comes an array of autumn colors that can contribute to beautiful views all around the country. Whether you’re a photographer or just like to take in beautiful scenery, it’s well worth the effort to find a sought-after fall foliage spot and treat yourself to the spectacular view. We’ve narrowed it down to the best five places in the U.S. to see a spectacular view of red, orange, and yellow-covered trees in the autumn outdoors.

travel bug top 5 places for fall foliage vermont


It seems to be a general consensus that Vermont is one of the best places in the country to witness the seasons change. The entire state is full of beautiful colors during the fall season, so it’s hard to pick a single destination. Drive along the roads in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, or get in on all kinds of fall activities at the Newfane Harvest Festival in the town of Newfane, Vermont. Embark on a short hike in West Bolton to get to the beautiful view from Libby’s Lookout (above).

travel bug top 5 places for fall foliage white mountain

White Mountains, New Hampshire

It’s no secret that many of the best places to see Fall foliage in the whole world are in the Northeastern section of the U.S., and New Hampshire is no exception. White Mountains in particular boasts incredible views and plenty of hikes for every level. The area is full of small towns and scenic roads that will make the Northeast fall seem as quintessential as can be. If you’re up for a drive, make your way along the Kancamagus Highway or around Mt. Washington for spectacular scenic views. Hiking paths along the Kancamagus vary in level and will also give you a great opportunity to see the leaves.

travel bug top 5 places for fall foliage colorado twilight

Rocky Mountains, Colorado

It’s no secret that some of the best places to see Fall color in the world are in the Northeastern section of the U.S., but there are a few spots in the Western half of the country, too. It’s a different kind of color, but the Aspen trees that fill the areas around the Rocky Mountains in Colorado turn a bright golden yellow in the fall that contrasts beautifully with the ever-blue sky and white-peaked mountains. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park for over 300 miles of hiking paths, or drive the Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway that will take you from Black Hawk to Estes Park.

travel bug top 5 places for fall foliage autumn in shenandoah national park  virginia

Shenandoah Park, Virginia

If you’re looking for the best scenic drive in the pack for leaf-peeping the fall colors, look no further. Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is home to the beautiful 105-mile Skyline Drive, which runs along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The road is the only public road in the entire park and can be enjoyed by either car or bike. For a more athletic option, 101 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail are within the National Park.

travel bug top 5 places for fall foliage 165699 acadia national park maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

In another section of the Northeast, Maine offers a quiet atmosphere and brilliant red colors in the Fall. Visitors can bicycle along the old carriage roads for some of the best colors, or drive the 27-mile Acadia National Park Loop Road, which includes everything from lakes and ocean to forest and mountains. In Washington County, you can do something a little unusual and take in the stunning fall foliage in a canoe tour along the St. Croix river. Don’t forget to have your fill of lobster along the way.

Emerging Tech

Leafy greens are grown by machines at new, automated Silicon Valley farm

Farming hasn't changed too much for hundreds of years. Now a new startup called Iron Ox has opened its first automated hydroponics farm, producing a variety of leafy greens tended by machines.
Home Theater

HDMI 2.0b is a whole lot more than just a connection to your TV

HDMI 2.0b is the backbone for many of the latest updates in 4K UHD technology. And while a new cable standard can often involve a bunch of changes for consumers, that is not the case this time around.

Samsung says the Galaxy A9 won’t be its ‘best kept secret’ for much longer

The new Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is different previous models, and with good reason: Samsung's strategy is changing, and it wants to provide better features and more value on its phones that cost less than the flagship S series.

Updating to Apple’s iOS 12 will make your iPhone a whole lot smarter

iOS 12, the latest version of Apple’s iOS, is officially here. We took it for a spin to check out its new noteworthy features, and if it truly changes our smartphone habits for the better.
Smart Home

Gas dryers vs. electric dryers: Knowing the difference could save you some dough

Whether you buy an electric dryer or a gas dryer may depend solely on your setup, unless you want to spend money to get a gas hookup for your home. But if you have a choice, there are some differences to take into account.
Smart Home

Is your smart home lighting too confusing? Intellect simplifies your controls

Leviton introduced Intellect, a new controls platform for smart home lighting. Intellect is the fifth brand to join Leviton's portfolio, alongside ConTech, Intense, Birchwood, and JCC.
Smart Home

Nest gets more colorful with three new options for its smart thermostat

Nest Parent company Alphabet announced this week that its Nest Learning Thermostat will soon be made available in three new, fancier colors: Mirror black, brass, and polished steel.
Smart Home

These awesome treehouses will make you question life on solid ground

Check out these truly awesome treehouses from around the world. From a three-story treehouse in the Costa Rican jungle to a mirrored cube hidden among the trees of Sweden, we’ve got you covered.
Smart Home

Publish a new Alexa skill this month and Amazon will give you an Echo Dot

Amazon' Alexa group announced a promotion encouraging new developers to publish a new Alexa skill in any country First-time developers who publish a new an Alexa skill prior to midnight October 31, 2018, will get a free Echo Dot.
Smart Home

August Smart Lock satin nickel model comes bundled with Wi-Fi Connect bridge

The August Smart Lock--one of our favorite smart locks--is now available in a satin nickel finish. August is selling the new model in a $220 bundle with the Wi-Fi bridge needed for remote access and voice command features.
Smart Home

LG’s Colosseo smart sofa is the comfiest piece of tech in your home

LG has partnered with Italian furniture brand Natuzzi to produce the Colosseo, a connected sofa with five custom scenarios to provide maximum comfort for watching TV, reading, or just relaxing.
Smart Home

Simplisafe steps outside the smart home with its Video Doorbell Pro

SimpiSafe is pushing into the smart home market by introducing a new high-tech video doorbell that includes 1080p HD monitoring and a dual-sensor motion trigger that combines a body heat detector and a motion detector.
Smart Home

Facebook’s new Portal device can collect your data to target your ads

Facebook confirmed that its new Portal smart displays, designed to enable Messenger-enabled video calls, technically have the capability to gather data on users via the camera and mic onboard.
Smart Home

Amazon Echo vs. Echo Plus: Which should you get?

If you're trying to choose between the Amazon Echo or the Echo Plus, then this guide is for you. It compares the two Alexa-enabled speakers in cost, size, looks, functionality, and more.