You Can Still See Fall Foliage if You Book One of These Top-Rated Hotel Stays Starting Under $100
Squeeze in one more getaway this season without breaking the bank.
How is Halloween just around the corner? I feel like I blinked and the month is nearly over, and I still have so many to-dos on my fall stuff list, like drinking hot apple cider and leaf peeping. In several regions, the leaves have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the show is over everywhere. If you also want to squeeze in one more fall foliage trip before the end of leaf season, there are still destinations where leaves won’t peak until late October or even early to mid-November.
And you don’t have to break the bank for a last-minute fall getaway. Best Western is running a promotion for their rewards program right now and if you sign up and stay two nights, you’ll earn a third night free for a future stay! The promotion ends November 17, perfect for booking one last fall foliage trip. Need trip ideas? Take a look at our top five spots for leaf peeping in late autumn.
STARTING UNDER $100
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina is the perfect town for a weekend getaway any time of year, but come fall the mountains are ablaze with orange and red leaves. The historic Biltmore mansion, along with the estate grounds and gardens, are an easy and accessible way to see fall foliage. Located between downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village, Glo Best Western is a great home base while exploring. If you’ve never heard of Glo, it’s Best Western’s boutique brand. These properties come with more premium amenities but are still budget-friendly like other Best Western brands.
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
There are no guarantees when planning travel around fall foliage, but the Southeast typically reaches peak color later in the season than other regions. And one of the best places in the South to see leaves is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park’s famous Cades Cove auto loop is great for nonhikers, and in addition to foliage, you’ll probably see wildlife, too. The Best Western in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is at the foothills of the park and surrounded by fun attractions for the whole family.
STARTING UNDER $150
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
While the Northeast gets all the hype for fall foliage, the Northwest actually has stunning leaves, too, and with milder temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, the leaves change later in the season. One of the best places to quickly see fall leaves in the PNW is Multnomah Falls. It’s so easy to get there as the attraction is just 30 minutes from Portland, and the visitor’s center parking lot is literally right off the interstate. Right now, the waterfall is flanked by bright yellow trees, and the yellow will shift to vibrant orange later in the season.
North Lake Tahoe, California
When you think of Lake Tahoe, you probably think of skiing in the winter or boating in the summer, but the fall shoulder season is one of the best times to visit. It’s quiet, serene and the hiking around North Lake Tahoe has stunning views of the lake shoreline dotted with orange, red and golden leaves.
STARTING UNDER $200
Yes, really! The Southwest is a great fall destination. These desert states might not have as famous fall foliage as other areas, but this under-the-radar region is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Plus, you don’t have to go off-the-grid or backcountry camping in a national park for the best sights. Sedona is a great, accessible destination for leaf peeping. Golden leaves pop against the famous red rocks for incredible pictures. While this resort destination has some of the fanciest hotels in the country, the Best Western Plus offers stays (with rock views!) for less than $250.