Fall is the perfect time to plan an RV adventure. Crisp air, warm campfires, stunning foliage — what’s not to love? If you need ideas, check out these five fall camping hotspots:
Quechee State Park, Vermont
New England states are famous for their fall foliage, none more so than Vermont. At Quechee State Park, visitors enjoy stunning views of Vermont’s deepest gorge, Quechee Gorge, which is 165 feet deep. The Ottauquechee River runs through the gorge and is known for its whitewater kayaking opportunities. Plan to stay a while and check out the many nearby attractions while you’re in town.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
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One of the most popular parks for leaf-peeping in the South, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers beautiful drives with an abundance of scenic overlooks that keep visitors coming back year after year. This park offers plenty of choices. It has ten developed campgrounds and a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Some can’t-miss spots here are Clingmans Dome, Cataloochee Valley, Cades Cove and Roaring Fork.
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As its name suggests, Aspen, Colorado, is full of the spindly, white-barked trees that color the mountainous state in beautiful reds, oranges and yellows every autumn. Here, visitors can see the Maroon Bells, which are said to be among the most photographed mountains in North America. This is a destination that is all about being active outdoors, no matter the season. Fall visitors can take full advantage of the camping, climbing and biking opportunities Aspen has to offer.
For a heaping dose of American history coupled with gorgeous autumn scenery, look no further than Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Visit the historic battlefield and drive through Gettysburg National Military Park to see where some of the most significant events of the Civil War unfolded. Choose from a variety of RV parks nearby to set up camp.
Glacier National Park, Montana
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Once you lay eyes on this unspoiled, pristine mountain paradise, you will see why it’s known as “Crown of the Continent.” The land is teeming with wildlife, including the mountain goat, Glacier National Park’s official symbol. Leaves begin to change color in mid-September, and gnewen larch trees create a brilliant, warm contrast to the rocky, snow-capped mountains. Starting in September, after the park’s busy summer season is over, attendance drops off and wildlife becomes more active, making autumn an excellent time to visit for campers who crave solitude in nature. Unlike many leaf-peeping destinations on the East Coast, you don’t even need to make reservations here during fall.
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