The days are getting shorter and that means one thing: Fall is around the corner. And while it’s lovely to admire any changing foliage on your daily commute, fall is also an ideal time to book a getaway.
Prices dwindle from their summer highs, the overwhelming heat gives way to crisp nights, and in forests across the U.S. leaves transform from green to a dazzling array of autumn hues. In fact, fewer crowds and gorgeous color make fall one of the best times to visit a national park.
Not sure when the best colors will peak? Check out this handy map, and then take a look at 11 vacation rentals perfect for leaf peeping, below.
Whispering Wind Treehouse in Upstate New York
Fall colors look even better from the treetops, so head to this tiny treehouse in northern New York for an off-the-grid escape. The treehouse sits on five acres and offers a glamping experience for two guests with a basic kitchen, an outdoor fire pit, and plenty of al fresco dining in the woods. Rates start at $195 per night.
Cute cabin near Shenandoah National Park
For anyone looking to escape the Washington, D.C. area, this cute two-bedroom cabin sleeps four in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy coffee on the front porch, take advantage of a fully equipped kitchen, plus a fire pit perfect for roasting s’mores. Bonus: Because of the surrounding forest, you won’t have to venture far to see the colors. Rates start at $221 per night.
Black Lodge in Oregon
Come for the outdoor deck and fire pit, stay for the views in this two-bedroom, one-bath cabin. You’ll have access to Mt. Hood, Timberline, and more, or you can enjoy the fall colors right from the deck. Rates start at $119 per night.
Log home in Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, one of the country’s prettiest—and most visited—national parks. It’s also a hotspot for changing aspens in the fall, and this updated 2,500-square-foot cabin contains four bedrooms, a hot tub, and room to sleep ten. Rates start at $320 per night.
An eco-friendly cabin near Asheville, North Carolina
This compact cabin sleeps up to six, but its 600 square feet is probably better suited for four. A deck and fire pit take advantage of big forest views, and the cabin is located on six acres of land with wildlife and cascading waterfalls. Rates start at $273 per night.
Charming A-frame in Washington
This adorable, updated cabin sleeps six and boasts a seven-person hot tub, outdoor dining, and a fire pit. It’s located in Packwood, not far from Mt. Rainier National Park, where you’ll find aspens, maples, cottonwoods, and plenty of changing huckleberry bushes. Rates start at $129 per night.
Tiny house in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With room for six guests and beautiful views of the Grand Tetons, this tiny house at the Fireside Resort is close to both Grand Teton National Park and downtown Jackson, Wyoming. Perks include a hot tub, fireplace, and a front deck perfect for leap peeping. Rates for this cabin start at $319 per night, and Fireside also offers six other tiny houses with varying availability.
Treehouse near Chattanooga, Georgia
This raised hideaway sleeps up to four just 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga at the base of Lookout Mountain. Two private decks, a fire pit, and an expansive bathroom make this vacation rental a modern day treehouse with style. Where better to see the fall colors than from outside your window? Rates start at $393 per night.
Country cottage near Harpers Ferry in Virginia
With three bedrooms and one bathroom, this 1,800-square-foot cottage can sleep six in a picturesque setting. Amenities include a heated garage, stocked pond, and a treehouse on property. You’re also not far from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, where almost 70 percent of the forests are deciduous, making for a spectacular show of color. Rates start at $221 per night.
A log cabin in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
With mountain-inspired decor, vaulted ceilings, and a stone fireplace, this spacious cabin has room for ten. It’s also conveniently located near Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and beautiful colors are right outside the front door. Other perks include a multi-level deck, hot tub, and sauna. Rates start at $124 per night.
A five-story treehouse in Vermont
Located near Stowe Mountain and Smugglers Notch Ski Resorts in Vermont, this treehouse-like rental can sleep six with three bedrooms and one bathroom. The property is located on the edge of a 60-foot cliff, surrounded by picturesque forests, fall foliage, and a babbling brook down below. Rates start from $428 per night.