The Best Cities for Fall Foliage

If you’re an admitted fall junkie, then we’ve got some ideas for your next road trip! Or better yet, an apartment to call home in a city where changing autumn leaves are a must-see.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 cities around the country for leaf-peeping, each offering vivid orange and red fall hues and one-bedroom apartments that could be right for you.

Asheville, NC

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It’s said that the crisp mountain air paints the leaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains in brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. Fall foliage in the mountains and foothills surrounding Asheville brings a kaleidoscope of leaf colors for many weeks.

Be sure to visit the historic Biltmore Estate for stunning autumn pictures. Expect to see hints of fall in the mountains in mid-to-late September. Experience up to five-weeks of color!

This western North Carolina city is popular for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture. Average one-bedroom apartments in Asheville are in the $1,113 per month range.

Colorado Springs, CO

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With an elevation of 6,035 feet, Colorado Springs is at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak. Fall is a magical time in the Pikes Peak region. “Set out into the wilderness to experience the beauty and serenity that come with the changing aspen leaves,” says Visit Colorado Springs.

Peak fall foliage is usually from mid-September to mid-October. But that can shift by season and depends on temperatures. To live in Colorado Springs, you’ll find one-bedroom apartments for approximately $1,151 per month.

Flagstaff, AZ

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This northern Arizona city is known as the “capital of autumn.” Flagstaff offers a high country mountain location. The bounty of fall showcases a panoramic canvas of aspen and foliage with hues of ambers, reds and purples.

Flagstaff is one of the best places in Arizona to experience brilliant fall leaf colors. Mountain air, sunny skies, forested meadows and aspen groves make fall leaf outings a must. Leaves change color at the end of September and throughout October. The peak time varies depending on elevation, temperature and moisture.

To claim Flagstaff as your next home, it will cost you $1,315 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Portland, OR

Portland OR

Fall has a beautiful backdrop in Oregon’s largest city. It sits on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. One-bedroom apartments will cost you about $1,655 per month in Portland.

The yellow and red colors appear along the waterfront as the foggy mornings roll in. Check out the nearby Hoyt Arboretum, and don’t miss the Portland Japanese Garden to see the fall colors as you soak in the serenity of the season.

Franklin, TN

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Tennessee is perfect to get your fall foliage fix because the state has diverse tree species. You can see the full spectrum of autumnal colors here at the end of October through early November. From deep reds to vibrant amber. The Natchez Trace Parkway spans Middle Tennessee and goes through Williamson County. The historic town of Franklin sits off the Parkway.

There are lots of fall festivals to enjoy, along with historic architecture here. About 16 miles south of Nashville, rents for an average one-bedroom apartment are approximately $1,338 per month.

Saratoga Springs, NY

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Saratoga Springs lures visitors for the Saratoga Race Course, horses, mineral springs and more. A historical and cultural center, it’s located minutes from Albany. Monthly rent in this northeastern hotspot is $1,660.

Located right in downtown Saratoga, Congress Park is the perfect place to set up a fall picnic and enjoy the foliage. The area’s parks and nature trails are alive with autumn colors. The best time to catch the colors is right around Columbus Day weekend in early October.

Laconia, NH

Laconia NH

Laconia is in central New Hampshire and it’s called “City on the Lakes” for good reason. It sits between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake. Rent runs in the $850 per month range here.

The Annual Pumpkin Festival happens mid-October for lots of seasonal fun. Expect the leaves to begin changing mid-September. Sometimes, you can even see signs of early fall color in late August. Find a foliage tracker at VisitNH.gov to help you figure out the perfect time to catch peak foliage.

Augusta, ME

Augusta ME

Augusta is the state capital located in the heart of the beautiful Kennebec Valley in Central Maine. It’s located about an hour from Portland. You can call Augusta home for only $710 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Time your fall foliage adventure or apartment hunt to coincide with peak fall colors in September and October. Check out the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for weekly foliage conditions for the state.

Lenox, MA

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Lenox is your stepping stone to the heart of the Berkshires. A small city in extreme western Massachusetts, it’s less than 10 miles east of the New York border. Rents here for an average one-bedroom apartment are approximately $930 per month.

Exact timing can vary, but typically October is peak foliage month in Lenox and the Berkshires. Trees turn all month! There’s always time to catch the color.

Essex, VT

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This New England state with maples, oaks and others, offers stunning fall foliage. Color change begins in mid-September. It runs through the first two to three weeks in October. But experts suggest checking the fall foliage reports. The exact timing of the color change varies from year to year, based on the weather.

One-bedroom apartments are priced around $1,430 per month in Essex. The Village of Essex Junction, in the heart of Chittenden County, offers good schools and a vibrant local economy. You’ll also find a commitment to building a sustainable community here.

Time for a fall foliage adventure!

No matter which city you decide on, the fall is a lovely time to travel. So get packed, it’s sweater weather time! Enjoy the rich hues of the season, crisp days, pumpkin festivals and hot apple cider.

Your getaway’s sure to be perfect for beautiful Instagram pics, too. Whether you’re in town for a weekend of leaf peeping or more — the cities we’ve shared are also perfect for calling home.

The rent information included in this article is based on July 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
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Susan FriedmanSusan Friedman is a lifestyle journalist with a background that includes real estate, interior design, architecture and kitchen and bath design. The former senior editor of Florida Travel + Life magazine, Susan resides in sunny south Florida and loves exploring the next great place to live, local culture and neighborhoods with cool vibes. Whether it’s in her own backyard or beyond, she has the pulse on what’s trending now in apartment dwelling and more.

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