Top 7 Cities to Catch the Fall Foliage
Watching the seasons change could not be more magical than doing it at one of our conveniently located hostels. Whether backpacking, traveling solo or with friends, join us in welcoming the fall! We have selected some exceptional locations for you to visit, explore and share the experience of the great outdoors this fall.
1. Richmond, VA
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in Virginia, and traveling throughout its capital during this season can reveal an abundance of color. Located directly on U.S. Bike Route #1 and the East Coast Greenway, HI Richmond is an ideal stop for competitive and leisure cyclists alike. Nature lovers will revel in the hostel’s proximity to hiking trails, kayaking, outdoor adventures and state and national parks during this season.
2. New York City, NY
Smart travelers head to NYC in Fall, while the air is the perfect temperature for walking and the holiday crowd has yet to flock in. While you're in the Big Apple, join HI New York City for a variety of walking tours, including a guest favorite to the famous Central Park to see the changing leaves.
3. Philadelphia, PA
A rainbow of foliage greets you at HI Philadelphia Chamounix Mansion’s front door, a hostel within Philadelphia’s city limits that feels a million miles from the urban jungle. Located in Fairmount Park, the mansion rests on a scenic bluff above the Schulykill River, and offers a taste of nature with the big city still in arm’s reach.
4. White River Junction, VT
Renowned for its natural beauty, Vermont boats an even more striking landscape every fall. Our historic hostel, HI White River Junction, sits in a quirky town with artsy charm near the Quechee Gorge. This 165-foot deep gorge runs a mile long and is part of the Quechee Gorge State Park, where you’ll find breathtaking views of this natural wonder.
5. Madison, WI
This friendly Midwest town is infused with trees revealing rapidly changing leaves, and glacial lakes, bicycle paths, and parks are all connected to your experience in Wisconsin’s capital city. Enjoy a quintessential American Fall experience by attending a Big 10 football game not far from the HI Madison’s downtown location.
6. Newburg, WI
Located along the Milwaukee River, surrounded by 36 acres of trails, meadows, woods, and organic farmland, HI Wellspring provides a stunning setting for enjoying the transition of the seasons. Not far from the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Eisenbahn State Bike Trail, and Interurban Bike Trail, our hostel is the perfect jumping off point for enjoying the great outdoors.
7. Park Rapids, MN
Discover some of Minnesota’s last remaining virgin pine forest right outside HI Mississippi Headwaters, and enjoy hiking, cycling, and boating before the snow creeps in. Relax at our lodge-style hostel situated in Itasca State Park, just a short distance from where the Mississippi River begins.