Get ready: Fall is just around the corner! If you think autumn is only for leaf peepers, think again: It’s one of the best times to travel. The changing colors are indeed amazing, and the crisp weather and thinner crowds make fall travel even more enticing. Our five favorite fall destinations offer something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of fall colors, mountain maven or adventure seeker.
Acadia National Park
Some call it the crown jewel of Maine. Mountains, islands and ocean combine in Acadia National Park, creating one of the most mesmerizing settings in the entire state. Set your sights on the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain — the first spot in the US to see the morning rays. There are 120 miles of hiking trails of various difficulty levels throughout the park. Get a bird’s eye view of the Acadia region in one of the best states for fall leaves, with a 25-minute biplane tour over Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach and more with www.acadiaairtours.com. Of course, no trip to Maine is complete without a lobster boat ride, so your fall travel plans should include the Lulu Lobster Boat Ride, which offers lobstering demonstrations along with seal watching and sightseeing in Frenchman’s Bay.
Where to stay:
Blue Nose Inn Bar Harbor Hotel, 90 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, 800.445.4077; www.barharborhotel.com. The classically styled hotel features panoramic ocean views and luxury accommodations such as a heated indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and spa. Many rooms have fireplaces.
Bar Harbor Regency, 123 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, 800.234.6835; www.barharborregency.com. Stunning oceanfront setting located near the entrance of Acadia National Park. Hotel features outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, tennis courts, putting green and more.
Where to eat:
Burning Tree, 69 Otter Creek Drive, Route 3, Bar Harbor, 207.288.9331. Highly regarded restaurant that features gourmet and vegetarian specialties with ingredients from its organic gardens.
Maggie’s, 6 Summer Street, Bar Harbor, 207.288.9007. Dishes place a heavy emphasis on local seafood — lobster, haddock and mussels, as well as homegrown produce.