Beloved North Carolina Mountain Town Recognized As No. 1 Place To See Fall Foliage Nationwide
Sorry beach lovers, nothing beats the mountains in the fall. And I’m a beach/summer person through and through. But that weekend (or weeklong) road trip in the fall has to be to the mountains. The gorgeous hues of the leaves, the crisp mountain air, an easy hike, and perhaps a beer, glass of wine, or some cider overlooking the mountains. It’s the perfect fall excursion. And the best of the best? It’s a short two-hour drive from Charlotte. The outdoor experts at Outside Magazine ranked a North Carolina Town as the top spot on a list of “The 9 Best Mountain Towns To See Fall Foliage”.
The winner is a town I have visited numerous times, though admittedly most often in the summer. It’s the small town of Blowing Rock North Carolina. It’s a little less than a 2-hour drive from Charlotte straight up 321. You’ll come across Blowing Rock a few miles before you reach the college town of Boone. The town is easily walkable and offers numerous places you can stay and access shops, restaurants, a brewery, and more without ever getting in your car. In the summer the downtown park is filled with flowers, but the backdrop of the red, orange, and yellow leaves is something to see.
You will want to grab that car and cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway to get some of the most stunning North Carolina fall foliage views imaginable. Peak season in the region is mid to late October.
What other cities made the list?
- Blowing Rock, NC
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Stowe, VT
- Taos, NM
- New Paltz, NY
- Leavenworth, WA
- Crested Butte, CO
- Eureka Springs, AR
- Stanley, ID
So as you can see, there are truly places from all over the county recognized. This makes it even more impressive that Blowing Rock North Carolina is Outside Magazine’s number 1 place to see fall foliage in the entire US. You can read the full Outside Magazine article here. Or keep reading to check out some of my favorite things to do in Blowing Rock any time of year.