Wicked Fall Guide

Wicked Fall Guide

Wicked Fall Guide

380020 05: Tourists, known this time of year as "leaf peepers", stroll arm in arm October 10, 2000 in Minuteman National Park taking in the fall foliage in Concord MA. Regional forecasters say due to New England''s unusually wet summer, the fall foliage season may be the most colorful in recent years. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)

Today is the first day of fall. The leaves are changing. The cider is flowing. Pumpkin spice is all around. We are starting to wear our scarves, our boots and our hoodies. Fall is truly the best time of year. Especially if you’re from New England. There are so many things to do in New England in the fall. Simply taking a drive to look at fall foliage can be a fun day trip. The website www.lawnstarter.com has come out with its list of best states in the country to visit this fall. They looked at 20 key indicators of a fun fall trip. Some of which include: number of state parks and hiking trails, as well as fall-themed amusements like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. Of course they also took into account the fall foliage. They ranked in the categories: fall scenery, outdoor recreation, entertainment and safety. The state that came in last place, Hawaii. Believe it or not, Massachusetts came in at #19 which seems to be a tad low for all of the beautiful sites here in the fall. We got a 39.16 overall score. For fall scenery, we scored a 25. For recreation, we scored an 11. For entertainment and safety, we scored a 12.

There were other rankings on this list too. From Most Weeks with Fall Foliage which Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Vermont and Washington all tied for first. Most Scenic Drives went to California, followed by Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Washington. Most Corn Mazes went to Vermont, followed by Montana, New Hampshire, Nebraska and Rhode Island. And for Most Wineries, Oregon was #1, followed by Washington, Vermont, California and Michigan.

So before you make your plans for vacation this fall, make sure you check out this list in its entirety. We’ll start with #13 down to #1. Best of luck planning your fall vacation!Fall Foliage Starts to Color the North East

  • #13 Oregon

    Overall score 43.96, Fall Scenery 19, Recreation 9, Entertainment 5, Safety 5

    Guide to Oregon's Brilliant Fall Leaves

    Oregon is a great fall destination for enjoying changing leaf color. Autumn is cool and crisp, but still sparkles with many sunshine-filled days. The striking reds, oranges and yellows pop against a deep green backdrop of the evergreen Douglas fir (Oregon's state tree), giant sequoias and ponderosa pine.

  • #12 Pennsylvania

    Overall score 44.16, Fall Scenery 12, Recreation 10,  Entertainment 17, Safety 17

    13 Of The Most Beautiful Fall Destinations In Pennsylvania

    We can probably all agree that Pennsylvania is simply beautiful all year round. However, when fall rolls around, the burst of color added to the landscape makes it extra special. No matter where we go, we can drink in the breathtaking fall foliage.

  • #11 Ohio

    Overall score 44.4, Fall Scenery 17, Recreation 19,  Entertainment 25, Safety 25


    Fall is an exciting time of year in Ohio. The weather cools; trees become spectacular shades of red, orange, and yellow; and the tastes and aromas of autumn return. Grab a sweater and your hiking boots to for even more colorful fun.. explore the nature trails throughout Ohio and its 75 State Parks.

  • #10 Wisconsin

    Overall score 45.16, Fall Scenery 23, Recreation 16,  Entertainment 15, Safety 15

    15 Best Places To See Fall In Wisconsin

    Are you thinking of spending fall in Wisconsin? If so you are in the right place. In this article, I will show you where to see fall colors in Wisconsin and give you all the information you need for your trip.

  • #9 Minnesota

    Overall score 45.71, Fall Scenery 12, Recreation 17,  Entertainment 16, Safety 16

    13 Of The Most Beautiful Fall Destinations In Minnesota

    Here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we have beautiful scenery all year long. Winter brings icy lakes and frost-covered trees, spring brings birds and blooms, and summer is full of sparkling lakes and lush forests. But for many of us, fall in Minnesota is the most beautiful.

  • #8 Maine

    Overall score 46.49, Fall Scenery 7, Recreation 12,  Entertainment 4, Safety 4

    10 Best Things to Do in Maine in the Fall

    From fairs and festivals to scenic drives and moose tours, here are the 10 best things to do in Maine in the fall. With its rugged coastline, pristine lakes, wild forests, and bustling tourist towns, Maine is the perfect place to visit in the fall, when a backdrop of autumn color makes everything pop.

  • #7 New Hampshire

    Overall score 47.23, Fall Scenery 12, Recreation 18,  Entertainment 2, Safety 2

    Fall in NH

    Fall in love with fall in NH when vibrant colors cover the landscape. Be sure your trip includes autumn activities like fall fairs and apple and pumpkin picking too!

  • #6 New York

    Overall score 48.4, Fall Scenery 8, Recreation 5,  Entertainment 10, Safety 10

    Fall activities in NYC: A guide of great things to do this autumn

    As the fall rolls in, there are probably a few things you crave-no, no, not pumpkin spice lattes-apple cider donuts. NYC's network of open-air markets have all-things apple, year after year. Snag the sugary confection, and stock up on apple cider while you're at it, too.

  • #5 Colorado

    Overall score 49.27, Fall Scenery 3, Recreation 6,  Entertainment 29, Safety 29


    The autumn season plays host to some of Breckenridge's most marquee events of the year. From the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains at Oktoberfest to endless pairings of wine at the Wine Classic to film premieres at the Breckenridge Film Festival, fall in Breckenridge is chock-full of good times.

  • #4 Michigan

    Overall score 49.57, Fall Scenery 8, Recreation 8,  Entertainment 13, Safety 13

    Experience Fall in Michigan

    Fall signals its arrival with the slow turning of leaves. Welcome to fall in Pure Michigan. Come celebrate the fall harvest while reflecting on nature's bounty and beauty. Take the scenic route and be a part of the magical transformations of both season and spirit.

  • #3 Vermont

    Overall score 52.02, Fall Scenery 11, Recreation 26,  Entertainment 1, Safety 1

    Fall Foliage In Vermont

    Vermont's world-famous foliage is at the top of many "bucket lists." It's the perfect time to explore back roads on a bike, paddle a quiet lake, take in a road race or hike a mountain. With so much to do, the best advice we can give is this: plan early!

  • #2 Washington

    Overall score 53.73, Fall Scenery 4, Recreation 3,  Entertainment 6, Safety 6

    8 Great Places to See Fall Colors in Washington State

    Washington State is well know for it's evergreen mountain views and open spaces. But, it is also a wonderful place to enjoy fall foliage. We haved searched for all the fall colors in Washington State and these are the best places to embrace autumn in all her glory.

  • #1 California

    Overall score 60.12, Fall Scenery 1, Recreation 1,  Entertainment 37, Safety 8

    The Best Fall Destinations in California - Bon Traveler

    Updated September 2021 If you're looking to find fall foliage in California, you'll want to consider one of these destinations for a trip. California is home to some incredible places to visit during the fall. With cooler temperatures and an abundance of outdoor experiences, these are a few of the best California fall destinations.

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