Best National Parks To Visit This Fall

Plan your fall escape to these national parks

Craving cool breezes and changing fall colors? We’re with you. This year has felt both fast and slow all in the same breath, and suddenly fall is just around the corner. It’s no surprise that one of the best seasons to explore our national parks is between the September and November months, and now more than ever we can use any excuse to get some fresh air and an escape. As you look ahead to your fall calendar, consider these top national parks to visit this fall. With options to drive, hike, camp, and bike, there’s something for everyone this upcoming season!

Death Valley

First up on the docket is a stop through Death Valley National Park. With summer temperatures reaching up to triple digits, the fall season provides a cool reprieve that allows for even more exploration of this unique landscape. Aim for October to enjoy the most ideal temperatures and scenes this California escape.


If autumn colors are in your playbook, Acadia National Park is an absolute fall must. With fall colors reaching their prime mid-October, the foliage is breathtaking. Enjoy cooler temperatures as you explore the number of hikes in the area, and take in the historic towns that make up New England. Make it easy for yourself by joining our fully supported hiking tour leaving this September.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Escape to the Rockies during its prime fall season. Enjoy the turn of the Aspen trees and get an inside look at the wildlife inhabiting the region. Top it off with some incredible hikes leading to scenic views, and this Colorado national park is sure to fulfill your fall getaway dreams. This is a personal favorite of ours – check out our favorite spots and join our fully supported hiking tour this fall.

acadia national park in the fall

Arches National Park

Escape the scorching summer temperatures with a fall trip to Arches National Park. Enjoy the colorful landscapes of Utah’s canyons in far more moderate temperatures. With stunning sunrises and plenty of trail options, this roundup makes for the perfect fall retreat. Experience our favorite Utah spots on our Arches and Canyonlands tour this October.

Great Smoky National Park

If the fall color pallet and rolling hills are what you’re after, take a tour through Great Smoky National Park this fall. With stunning views from Clingmans Dome to the iconic Appalachian Trail hikes, a trip through this region of Tennessee is sure to deliver on all of your fall getaway dreams. An easy park to experience via car, this is also a great socially distant option!

big bend national park fall

Big Bend

Whether it’s the hiking trails or bird watching that attracts you, the fall season is the perfect time to experience Big Bend National Park. Explore over 200 miles of trails and 450 bird species during peak migration season when visiting in the fall.

Wherever your destination, fall is the perfect time to get out and explore your local national parks. Let us know your favorite fall destinations to travel to, and consider joining us for a getaway!