Enjoy nature's spectacular display of fall color across the Southeast, usually beginning as early as September in the higher elevations of the mountains and gradually progressing to the east and west of the mountains during October and early November. Although each year is different, these typical peak fall foliage guides will give you a general idea about when and where you might expect to see the beautiful shades of autumn in the Southeast. Also see this Photo Tour of Colorful Fall Destinations.
Explore one or more of these wonderful opportunities to enjoy the picturesque landscapes, great local music, home-baked apple pies and just being outdoors. Sunny days of crisp mountain air beckon visitors from near and far to the region's apple orchards to experience an array of apple inspired celebrations throughout the fall season. Also see: Fall Food Festivals.
The mountains of the southeastern United States offer picturesque vistas, an array of invigorating outdoor activities and several exquisite romantic resort destinations. Enjoy a cozy fall mountain escape at one of these top rated mountain retreats, each offering a unique set of amenities for a memory-making romantic getaway.
Something the locals know and many travelers overlook is that the fall season is widely considered to be the best time of the year to visit the beautiful coastal areas of the Southeast. The beach crowds leave, hotel rates drop significantly along with the high humidity levels of summer and the cooler temperatures are perfect for beach walks, tennis and golf, nature tours, outdoor dining and more. Enjoy a driving tour of the Outer Banks sans the summer traffic, see the legendary coastal wild horses, stay at a luxury beach resort for less or explore maritime history and regional culture at some of the coastal museums and fall festivals.
The growing popularity of culinary travel, including cooking demonstrations and classes, creative dining experiences, food festivals, winery visits and vacation shopping for regional specialties has prompted many resorts, restaurants and shops to create new and exciting culinary adventures. Formats range from short demonstrations or half-day classes to multi-day destination resort packages. For fall travelers, many cooking destinations offer an array of holiday food and wine classes and workshops to help you get into the spirit of holiday entertaining.
Some say that Southern hospitality is not always as it seems, especially after the sun goes down and the ghosts, shadow people and other spirits of the Southeast become restless with the night. For lots of fun during your fall visit, you can decide for yourself with one of these popular ghost tours of some of the most haunted places in the Southeast. Also see: Halloween Fun.
Virginia celebrates Virginia Wine Month each October with an array of unique wine experiences in beautiful settings from the mountains to the coast. First celebrated in 1988, Virginia Wine Month has grown to become an eagerly awaited annual highlight as Virginia's wine production has grown to be ranked as one of the top in the nation.
In the spirit of Munich, Germany's annual sixteen-day festival, many communities and organizations throughout the Southeast celebrate Oktoberfest. Some Oktoberfest celebrations last one day while others continue for several weeks, each with its own unique format and traditions.
The North Carolina Birding Trail connects a network of designated birding sites throughout the state. Home to more than 460 bird species found in North Carolina, the trails are organized into three regional sections from the coastal plains to the mountains and include information about historic sites, scenic sites, tours, guides, events and more.
Celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of the region, state fairs and hundreds of county and community fairs in the Southeast attract millions of visitors each year. A great way to experience the Southeast of today with a touch of the nostalgia of yesterday, these fairs offer fun for all ages and a variety of interests. Related: State Fairs - Photo Tour