2021’s Best States to Visit This Fall

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Marshmallows are roasting, corn is ready to harvest, and everything is flavored pumpkin spice — but where should you travel for your autumn getaway?

To help you plan your trip, LawnStarter ranked the best states to visit this fall.

We compared the 50 states based on 15 fall factors, such as the number of national and state parks, trails, corn mazes, and wineries. We even considered the projected number of weeks each state will produce fall foliage for your postcard-perfect snaps.

Check out our ranking of the top states below, followed by our methodology.

1. Vermont

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Overall score: 60.34

Fall scenery rank: 7

Outdoor recreation rank: 6

Entertainment rank: 1

2. New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Overall score: 52.86

Fall scenery rank: 9

Outdoor recreation rank: 3

Entertainment rank: 2

3. Maine

Portland Maine lighthouse
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Overall score: 49.34

Fall scenery rank: 18

Outdoor recreation rank: 4

Entertainment rank: 4

4. California

Kings Canyon National Park in Calfornia
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Overall score: 43.66

Fall scenery rank: 13

Outdoor recreation rank: 2

Entertainment rank: 17

5. Wyoming

Sheridan, Wyoming
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Overall score: 43.09

Fall scenery rank: 3

Outdoor recreation rank: 5

Entertainment rank: 14

6. Alaska

Fairbanks Alaska
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Overall score: 42.10

Fall scenery rank: 47

Outdoor recreation rank: 1

Entertainment rank: 48

7. Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
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Overall score: 39.05

Fall scenery rank: 24

Outdoor recreation rank: 10

Entertainment rank: 3

8. Montana

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Overall score: 38.30

Fall scenery rank: 6

Outdoor recreation rank: 7

Entertainment rank: 10

9. Washington

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Overall score: 35.52

Fall scenery rank: 23

Outdoor recreation rank: 9

Entertainment rank: 5

10. Connecticut

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Overall score: 35.01

Fall scenery rank: 20

Outdoor recreation rank: 8

Entertainment rank: 11

11. Colorado

Aurora Colorado
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Overall score: 33.10

Fall scenery rank: 2

Outdoor recreation rank: 14

Entertainment rank: 28

12. Utah

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Overall score: 32.88

Fall scenery rank: 1

Outdoor recreation rank: 12

Entertainment rank: 37

13. Massachusetts

Amherst College
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Overall score: 30.97

Fall scenery rank: 21

Outdoor recreation rank: 13

Entertainment rank: 20

14. New York

Autumn leaves in Rochester, New York
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Overall score: 30.87

Fall scenery rank: 5

Outdoor recreation rank: 15

Entertainment rank: 22

15. Michigan

Battle Creek, Michigan
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Overall score: 30.84

Fall scenery rank: 7

Outdoor recreation rank: 20

Entertainment rank: 9


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We ranked the 50 states from best (No. 1) to worst (No. 50) based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across all the weighted metrics listed below.

  • Fall Scenery
  • Projected Number of Weeks with Fall Foliage
  • Number of Scenic Drives
  • Number of National Parks
  • Surface Area of National Parks
  • Number of State Parks
  • Surface Area of State Parks
  • Share of National- and State-Park Area
  • Share of Forest Area
  • Forest Trails per 100,000 Residents
  • Hiking Trails per 100,000 Residents
  • Average Yard Square Footage
  • Apple Orchards per 100,000 Residents
  • Corn Mazes per 100,000 Residents
  • Pumpkin Patches per 100,000 Residents
  • Wineries, Wine Producers, and/or Wine Blenders per 100,000 Residents

Sources: National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, terragalleria.com, playgroundequipment.com, funtober.com, pumpkinpatchesandmore.org, LawnStarter.

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