We’re in that window of the year where if you’re not paying attention, you could blink and miss those leaves turning from green to gorgeous hues of amber, gold and brown. Before it’s too late, isn’t a road trip in order to catch Mother Nature go from green to redhead?
1. Washington, D.C. vacation rentals
This million-dollar Washington, D.C. vacation home is emblematic of our nation’s capital’s elegance and history. The four-bedroom, two-bath Queen Anne sits on Capitol Hill and is only two blocks from the Metro. Take a long weekend through the neighborhood to soak in the irresistible fall foliage, landmarks like the U.S. Supreme Court and the Smithsonian, then retire the covered porches to enjoy the flower garden.
2. Williamsburg vacation rentals
A little further south, find the town that will always mean fall to me, from field trips with my seventh grade class to Jamestown to outlet shopping and sightseeing in Colonial Williamsburg. Tree-lined streets and 18th-century architecture abound, guaranteeing that memory card will be loaded with photos from your stroll into our country’s past. Can’t afford that $400-a-night B&B? Try this vacation condo, reasonably priced at $89 a night.
3. Colorado vacation rentals
Colorado’s vast mountain ranges, sparkling lakes, diverse wildlife and rustic lodges would tempt any Floridian or other resident on mostly flat land to consider relocation. These Divide vacation cabins offer prime access to leaf watching, where the Aspens deepen to shades of gold.
4. Maine vacation rentals
The road up to this Belgrade Lakes vacation cabin is hugged by woods and ends next to a placid lake. Get there before the end of September to enjoy that one last meal alfresco or kayaking outing, and don’t forget to tote the camera to snap images of all those beautiful New England leaves.
5. Missouri vacation rentals
What a picturesque Midwest escape. This turn-of-the-century stone house near Branson, anchored on 35 acres surrounded by trees, boasts a yard for that impromptu game of touch football and a firepit for roasting marshmallows. Did we mention the hiking trails? It doesn’t get any more autumn than that.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.