Crisp weather, spiced drinks, cozy woolen sweaters: these are just a few reasons we love fall. Another reason? Because we can travel while the turning leaves are in full force. Hunting down the best fall foliage is practically a rite of passage in the U.S. and we're all about it because it's the perfect excuse for a fall road trip.
For this year's fall foliage, we wanted something a bit more intimate and we immediately turned to AirBnB. Here are 11 spots known for fall foliage and, if you head there, here are the Airbnbs you'll want to rent.
Bryson City, North Carolina: Woodland Lofts ~$140 nightly
North Carolina is our first fall foliage stop, and we were NOT disappointed with this luxury log cabin that sleeps two. From a cozy courtyard with a fire pit to direct hiking trail access, we highly rec you check this place out. (They even have added handrails along the start of the trail in case the steep slope doesn’t mix well with your spiked cider!)
Stonington, Maine: Cabin ~$120 nightly
We’d love to cozy up in this handcrafted cottage known as "The Bow House" and set a few miles inland from Stonington, Maine. Set in a secluded neck of the Maine woods, we can picture wrapping up in a woold scarf and planning a trip down to the fishing village for some real deal New England clam chowder.
Jackson, Wyoming: Modern Cabin ~$560 nightly
A far cry from a Lincoln Log cabin, this contemporary cabin is pretty enough to make your favorite Instagrammer green with envy. Posted up in what's argued to be the nation’s most iconic fall foliage location (just don't tell a Mainer that), it’ll be hard deciding which is better: the scenic views or that apartment-sized shower!
Alderson, West Virginia: Lakefront Lodge ~$350 nightly
It's all about the numbers when it comes to this West Viriginia lodge. As in a 2,500 square foot lodge set on 800 acress of land with its own 40 acre lake and 7 miles of trails. Add to that an immaculately decorated interior and aglistening pool and the only thing you'll want to change is to have more time to enjoy it all!
Sevierville, Tennessee: Smoky Mountain Retreat ~$250 nightly
When it comes to fall foliage, the endless rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains do not dissapoint. True, the kitchy-in-the-cutest-way "Gone With The Wind" themed decor might get to be a bit much, but you'll likely be spending all your time on the wraparound porch taking in the view (or just getting in some jacuzzi time)!
Stevenson, Washington: Columbia River Private Suite ~$189 nightly
The Columbia River is one of those areas that makes the Pacific Northwest such a stunning region and Stevenson is a place where full-on fall frolicking is encouraged. And another major bonus to this private suite? It’s dog friendly, so Fido doesn’t have to be left alone while we hit the road!
Portland, Oregon: Treehouse ~ $169 nightly
One look at the rolling hills around Portland and it's clear the whole city is prime fall foliage territory. And to get right in the midst of it? Well, there's kinda nothing better than a tree house. Especially when said tree house has a wraparound porch and 360-degree views. Yup, we're already packing our bags!
Portland, Oregon: Tiny House ~$120 nightly
We’ve all seen those incredible tiny houses on Pinterest, so we def want to check them out IRL. True, this teeny tiny house isn't our typical vacation spot, but this cutie is too good not to pass up. And who really wants to stay indoors when the leaves are turning it up?
El Prado, New Mexico ~$74 nightly
Just a few minute drive from the ski slopes of Taos, the sleepy town of El Prado is at over 7,000 feet elevation so you're right in the middle of New Mexico's best fall foliage. And, if you're in New Mexico, you have to embrace the local design, which is why we're all about this festive (and super affordable) casita.
Sedona, Arizona: Modern Hideaway ~$450 nightly
Think fall foliage and you don't really think Arizona, do you? We'll admit: Arizona wasn't the first place we thought of but Sedona's high elevation and stunning cliffs make for a majestic backdrop. And this modern house tucked amongst the Arizona cliffs with views is sure to rival any fall foliage viewing in New England.
Estes Park, Colorado: Log Cabin ~$195 nightly
And, if we're talking fall foliage out west, it's hard to beat Colorado. For our fall foliage Airbnb wishlist, we zeroed in on Estes Park: it's known as the state's fall foliage capital and this amazing 2,500 square foot log cabin is the perfect place to watch it all.
Opening photo by Mark Fleming