Leaf Peeping Getaways Accessible From Midway Airport
Are you awestruck by fall foliage? You’re not alone! Every year, thousands of travelers across the USA flock to the country’s most scenic fall landscapes to soak in all the postcard-worthy reds, yellows, and oranges that nature has to offer. This popular travel practice is known as “leaf peeping,” and with autumn officially upon us, there is no time like the present to pack up, head to Midway airport, and get away to one of these gorgeous leafy destinations:
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Peak Foliage Time: Early October
There’s a reason why this mountainous region of western Massachusetts is a perennial favorite for avid leaf peepers. Between the vibrant red maple trees, local harvest festivals, and annual Fall Foliage Parade, autumn in the Berkshires is quintessential New England. Of the many natural reserves to see, Natural Bridge State Park and Mohawk Trail State Forest top the list. Got time? Rent a car and take a scenic drive on State Route 8’s forest-lined mountain roads for an eye-catching excursion.
Peak Foliage Time: Early to Mid October
You may be familiar with this Vermont mountain town’s popularity in the winter months as a skiing and snowboarding destination, but visit just a few months before peak tourist season to see some of the most spectacular fall foliage in of all New England. Locals and visitors alike flock to prime leaf-peeping spots like Sunset Rock, Pinnacle Meadow, and Spruce Peak. Whether your aim is to camp, hike, or horseback ride, Stowe is a magical autumn landscape that no matter where you go or what you do, you’ll be sure to see rolling hills of color for miles.
Finger Lakes, New York
Peak Foliage Time: Early October
Canandaigua, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, or Skaneateles—which picturesque lake will you choose? The Finger Lakes region located in western New York State’s fertile wine region is brimming with brilliantly colored foliage and plenty of fun fall activities for the whole family. Marvel at the beauty that is autumn in Upstate New York while shopping in the region’s quaint villages, visiting maple syrup farms with the kids, or hiking the nearby gorges.
Brevard, North Carolina
Peak Foliage Time: Mid to Late October
If you think leaf peeping is only defined to the North East, you’d be missing out on this gorgeous fall destination of the South. Known as the “Land of the Waterfalls,” this all-American town is brimming with fall foliage set in the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains. Come visit in the last few weeks in October to marvel at the colorful leaves amongst the town’s historic 18th century buildings and picturesque 60 foot waterfalls. While you’re there, make sure you stay for Halloweenfest, the festival that takes place on the last Saturday in October in their historic downtown—just be sure to bring your costume!
Algonquin Park, Canada
Peak Foliage Time: Late September to Mid October
Go visit our neighbors to the North for this last fall foliage masterpiece. Ontario’s colder temperatures support increased color changes in Algonquin Park’s expansive Sugar and Red Maple forest. Known for their vibrant hues, the abundance of maple trees mean you can see the whole spectrum of colorful autumn leaves—from greens to ochre, oranges to crimson, even burgundy and purple! It’s for this reason you’ll see avid leaf peepers camping, kayaking, and snapping photos of the breath-taking colors well into late October.
Which Leafy Destination Will You Choose?
Mountains, lakes, or waterfalls—which fall foliage destination will you visit this Autumn? Wherever your destination, Chicago Midway Park Ride & Fly has you covered. Our parking for Chicago’s Midway Airport offers ease and peace of mind with our free shuttle service, luggage assistance, and secure fenced-in lot under 24-hour surveillance. For you, that means less to worry about and more time to focus on catching the season’s picture perfect leaves!