The Matador guide to

Fall Travel in the US

Your fall travel inspiration for an unconventional year.

Believe it or not, fall is already here. COVID-19 has altered a lot about our world this year, but the one thing it can’t cancel or delay is the coming of new seasons. The leaves are turning, and we’re more eager than ever to explore nature’s changing colors before the winter chill drives us indoors… again. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to live in New England to have a memorable fall. Though it is still our favorite place to be.

Whether you’re craving outdoor adventure among fall foliage, planning a fun-filled day for the family, or looking for the best autumnal spirits to whet your whistle and pumpkin-spiced everything, Matador has you covered.

We’re guiding you through the most charming coastal towns in Maine, giving you the lowdown on pumpkin beer and maple-syrup-infused whiskey, and showing you how to spend the perfect day in Salem, America’s Halloweentown. If you’re looking for some truly unique fall experiences, we’re also showing you the best hot-air balloon rides to take, where to go mushroom hunting in Oregon, and how to pack for a fall camping trip. All without having to step foot in a crowded Halloween party.

So break out the cable-knit sweater, drink lots of cider, eat your weight in pie, and have a safe, socially distant Halloween. Let’s turn the page together into an epic fall.

Go Leaf Peepin'

7 underrated spots in the US for stunning fall colors beyond New England

When fall colors will peak around the US, according to science

11 of the most spectacular waterfalls to visit in the US this fall

The best fall foliage trips to take by bus in the Northeast

7 breathtaking hot-air balloon rides to take this fall

The best scenic train trips to see fall foliage in the US

The top 10 destinations in the US for LGBTQ travelers this fall

The most underrated cities for a fall weekend escape

The 25 best US cities for outdoor adventure this fall

New England's time to shine

A romantic fall road trip through the covered bridges of New England

The most scenic drives for fall colors in New England

Why coastal Maine is your perfect fall camping getaway

The perfect one-day adventure in Acadia National Park

Where to eat in Maine before lobster season ends in December

Why Portland, Maine, is the ultimate fall food getaway

7 small Maine coastal towns for puffins, craggy shores, and delicious seafood

The most beautiful and emptiest state parks in New England

For the best whiskey-drinking experience in the US, head to Vermont

For the best fall food in the US, make your way to Vermont

The most idyllic Vermont B&Bs for a fall getaway

Ghost tours, spooky museums, and a dark history make Salem the US’ best Halloween destination

Newburyport is the quintessential New England town you’ve never heard of

In Boston, consider a fresh take on the historic Freedom Trail

Why New Haven is so much more than just ‘somewhere between Boston and NYC’

The complete book lover’s guide to Boston

Why you shouldn’t overlook New Hampshire when you visit New England


The best place to drink cider this fall is Ithaca, New York

Oktoberfest is canceled. Here’s how breweries are still helping you celebrate.

Pumpkin beer is the most American of all beers. Time to give it some respect.

This cursed whiskey uses maple syrup tapped from a graveyard

8 pumpkin beers made with real pumpkin

The best place to go wine tasting in all 50 states

The ultimate American wine road trip, mapped

The most amazing wine regions on the East Coast

The 9 best places to go wine tasting around the US that aren’t in California

Beer hiking is a thing, and it’s awesome. Here’s where to do it.

How the Hudson Valley became the best region in the US for craft beverages

The 6 best distilleries in Kentucky not on the Bourbon Trail

The 7 most delicious drinking tours in North America to take this fall

Hit the Road

Sorry, summer. Fall is the ultimate road-tripping season.

The best stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway

This epic fall road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton bypasses the crowds

Find the perfect great American road trip in South Dakota

Pennsylvania is the Northeast’s next fall road trip hotspot

The 5 best fall getaways from New York City

Road trip to one of these barrier islands in the South for history, beaches, and seafood

This road trip shows there’s even more to Utah than its national parks

Why Albuquerque is the perfect fall getaway

Road-tripping on California lanes you’ve never heard of

The ultimate road trip through Nevada’s ‘Death Drive’

The 9 coziest Airbnbs in upstate New York

Stunning scenery and fresh eats make Door County Wisconsin’s best weekend getaway

Fall food and family fun

11 classic pumpkin recipes from around the world

How to build the most delicious cheese plate for fall

Why the saying should be ‘as American as pumpkin pie,’ not apple

How to hunt for mushrooms in Oregon’s coastal rainforest

The best places to go apple picking in the US

9 pumpkin patches in the US you could easily spend all day at

Every type of clam chowder, ranked

7 insane corn mazes that aren’t just for kids

Thanksgiving traditions you can start this year, no matter where you are

Get Outdoors

The best places to go camping in the South this fall

7 beautiful, underrated public lands to visit in the eastern US

The most beautiful hikes in the Rocky Mountains you need to do this fall

The 6 most stunning places to hike in California this fall

7 spectacular national parks to visit this fall

From tip to tip, these are Long Island’s best hiking trails

The prettiest sections of the Pacific Crest Trail you can tackle this fall

Camping your way up California’s Highway 1

7 of the best campgrounds for stargazers in the United States

How to go camping without fire when fire danger is high (and still have fun)

The ultimate packing list for car camping this fall

Rooftop tents are perfect for COVID-era car camping

Not a camper? These cabin escapes offer a luxurious alternative

Happy Halloween

The 7 most haunted campgrounds in the United States

The 7 most haunted bars in America

The spookiest small towns in the US to visit this Halloween

Live out your Halloween fantasy in the Colorado town that inspired The Shining

The 9 most chilling ghost tours in the US

The self-proclaimed ‘Halloween Capital of the World’ is in Minnesota

The 10 scariest haunted hayrides in the United States

The 5 American cities every candy lover needs to visit

The scariest urban legends from each US state

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