Those Falling Leaves: Best U.S. Destinations for Fall Foliage Displays

Summer may be well and truly over for another year, but with technicolour displays across much of the United States, it does not mean your autumn has to be grey and lifeless. At Nova Car Hire, we have picked out our favourite U.S. car hire destinations for spectacular shows of autumn leaves.


No. 1: Asheville, North Carolina

Tucked away in the foothills region of western North Carolina, Asheville is a magnificent spot for leaf-peeping. Make the most of the stunning views by biking along one of the many trails in the Appalachian Mountain, or hop in your rental car for a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don’t rush it though: You’ll have to make multiple stops to admire the views. The best time for seeing autumn leaves is from mid to late October.

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No. 2. Boston, Massachusetts

As if Boston wasn’t appealing enough, the display of foliage at this time of year makes it doubly irresistible. Wander along the Charles River, take a ride on the Swan Boats, or just sit back in the Public Garden and stare at the burst of autumnal color. Luxuriant foliage and the sounds of nature make it hard to believe you are in the middle of a major city.  The best time for seeing the autumn leaves is from late September through the middle of October.

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No. 3: Burlington, Vermont

Vermont is synonymous with fabulous forests, and Burlington is one of the best places to see them at their best. Walk a short distance from Church Street Marketplace and  you’ll find yourself at Waterfront Park, where a stroll along the shores of Lake Champlain will leave you mesmerised by the reflection of burnished leaves with the mountains in the distance. The best time for leaf-peeping here is from the middle of September through the middle of October.

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No. 4: Traverse City, Michigan

Embrace the invigorating air of autumn with car rental in Traverse City, Michigan, where a trip down Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will bring you along 7 stunning miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Prepare for multiple stops, as there are many vantage points along the drive where you can see some truly stunning foliage. The best time to see the autumn display as from mid September to the end of October.

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No. 5: Portland, Maine

Portland is teeming with wonderful woods that blaze to life with autumn colour at this time of year. In the Old Port District, you can watch the fishermen as they return with a fresh catch, or head over to Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine and a cherished landmark. Prime foliage-viewing season is from mid September to the end of October.

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