The dog days of summer are behind us, but that doesn’t mean you have to hermit inside until the weather warms up again. If you have a date, venture out and explore the unconventional fall activities the season has to offer. Let go of the post-summer blues, and embrace change by traveling to our country’s woodsy backyards to embrace the year's final colorful farewell.
The Catskills, New York
New York has a lot more to offer than The Big Apple. Known for the beautiful nature of the Catskills, locals and tourists alike embrace 6 major river systems, thirty-five mountain peaks, Woodstock, and the infamous home to the Headless Horseman at Sleepy Hollow. Although it is a year-round destination, the last two week in September to late October is prime time for Fall Foliage. Yellows, reds, and orange electrify the area while visitors enjoy local fairs and bountiful farmers markets throughout the historic villages.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
An oasis from the surrounding urban landscapes like Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. The Berkshires provide a world-class foliage viewing alongside notable culture and art. Enjoy scenic views of winding roads along a forested backdrop of every hue or red and yellow. Once you’ve explored the mountains and trails, relax at a spa in the sweeping views of autumn. Remember, the season usually peaks during Columbus Day weekend but don’t wait until November to see the leaves change
Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico
The gorgeous eighty three mile loop has become a fall pilgrimage for Aspenites. The route circles Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, standing at 13,161 feet. It offers a unique view of the southwest colored in Autumn. The Aspen trees are a showstopper but don’t miss the purple cinquefoil and cottonwoods that range from bright reds and yellows.
The Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the nation’s most visited US parks, and there is a good reason for it. The park is home to more than 100 native trees, such as maples, sweetgums, hickories, and oaks which put on a jaw-dropping autumn display of colors. The park hosts 800 miles of scenery and hiking trails that you could spend days exploring.
Aspen is the glamorous and famous town that was named after a tree, it’s no wonder it made it on our list of best foliage destinations in the USA. Aspen trees shimmer in the sunlight when the sun casts in their direction. While is usually known for its ski resorts, there is plenty to see in the autumn months. The town is picture perfect in the fall, with the colorful leaves, green backdrop, and mountains in the distance.
Don’t let go of the year without enjoying the season’s sweetest goodbye. It's a perfect trip to take with the family, a loved one, or close friends. Don’t forget to include us on your Pugs Adventure by tagging #pugsadventure. Don’t forget to bring your Pugs Gear beanie hats with you to keep you warm!