Google searches for “where to travel this fall” have soared to record high this past week, and along with the current uptick in U.S. travel, we can expect a busy leaf-peeping season ahead. Cool-weather and brightly colored fall foliage make this season the perfect time to travel. While most travelers associate the best fall foliage with New England, charming southern towns like Bristol, Virginia and Asheville, North Carolina boast dazzling leaves and orange-hued landscapes.
Asheville, North Carolina
Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a city known for the longest autumn season and most breathtaking foliage in the country. It offers a near-perfect blend of natural beauty, quirky culture and innovative local cuisine in the heart of Southern Appalachia. The out-of-date downtown area features unique shops, galleries, breweries, and restaurants.
Guests of The Foundry Hotel, a refined boutique hotel housed within the city’s old steel foundry in the heart of The Block neighborhood, can book the Picnic in the Block Experience via the hotel’s partnership with Dreamscape Luxury Picnics. This dreamy picnic on the hotel’s great lawn is perfect for admiring fall color making its way down the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Picnics include a grazing board for two with seasonal fruit, house-made dips, cheese and meats, a bottle of wine, sparkling water, Instagrammable décor and a Bluetooth speaker.
The eclectic city of Bristol, Virginia is the ideal place to admire views of the picturesque Appalachian Mountains flanked by stunning orange and bright yellow leaves. This city offers visitors an uncharted fall getaway in Southern Appalachia with prime access to the Appalachian Trail and Bristol Caverns, where they can hike through the color-changing trees up to prime leaf-peeping heights.
While in town, travelers can stay at The Bristol Hotel and get a taste of the region’s seasonal bounty at the hotel’s streetside Appalachian-inspired restaurant, Vivian’s Table or enjoy panoramic views of the nearby Smoky Mountains and autumn leaves on the city’s first and only rooftop, Lumac Rooftop Bar.
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