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12 Cozy Destinations Where You Should Rent a Cabin for Fall Leaf Peeping

Sit back and relax in these cabins during 2018's peak fall foliage.
Shorter days and cooler temperatures are the hallmark of autumn, bringing a colorful transformation to the environment. Though temperature and elevation affect fall foliage, leaf peepers can generally expect to see leaves start to change colors between September and November. Pinpointing the changing of colors isn't an exact science, so start planning your fall getaway now and find cabin accommodations best fit for viewing, photographing and admiring stunning hues of orange, red and yellow. 

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a quick getaway from Atlanta, just 90 miles to the north. Plan a weekend getaway in a creekside cabin with a porch where you can sit comfortably with a cup of hot chocolate. It'll keep you warm as you unwind and take in the autumn color. Peak Fall Foliage: mid-October to early November  


Fall in love with Aspen's bright, colorful foliage as you hike or cycle through the mountain valley. Enjoy the golden sea of trees from the gondolas and chairlifts, and then retreat to a cabin in the woods.  Peak Fall Foliage: mid-September to early OctoberPlaces to Stay: Avalanche Ranch or McGee Cabins  

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Revel in fall colors in the Berkshire Mountains as you toast marshmallows over a fire beside a glamping cabin. Or relax indoors and leaf peep from the comfort of your bed where cabin rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows.  Peak Fall Foliage: late September to early OctoberPlaces to Stay: Huttopia or Getaway House


Get your front row seat to fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains, where cabins are located just minutes away from various hiking trails. Here, head up to Clingman's Dome for a 360-degree view of autumn's colorful plant life or go to Cataloochee Valley to see Elk in the natural habitat and see old abandoned mountain towns.  Peak Fall Foliage: early to mid-OctoberWhere to Stay: Smokies Adventure Cabins

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More than 80 percent of West Virginia is covered in natural forests, which makes it a premier destination for fall leaf peeping. Surround yourself in harvest colors and capture photos from Coopers Rock State Forest and New River Gorge. Peak Fall Foliage: late September to early OctoberPlaces to Stay: Mountain Creek Cabins or New River Gorge Cabins


For a quiet getaway with stunning views, book a cabin on the grounds of Shenandoah National Park. Here, you can soak in a hot tub to the backdrop of fall colors surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Peak Fall Foliage: early to mid-OctoberPlaces to Stay: Lydia Mountain Lodge and Log Cabins or Lewis Mountain Cabins


Located in New York, the Adirondacks offer enchanting views throughout 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Here, travelers can experience the natural beauty of the forests, mountains and waterfalls. Foliage varies heavily throughout the vast region, but you can track down the prettiest and most colorful leaves here.  Peak Fall Foliage: early October, varies heavilyPlaces to Stay: Timberlock Camp or Posh Primitive


Head to the Laurel Highlands to zip line through acres of trees covered in a palette of orange, yellow, red and bronze colors. Known as a peeper's paradise, the area offers autumn recreation from Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival to hiking and bike riding. Peak Fall Foliage: mid-OctoberPlaces to Stay: Benner's Meadow Run or The Bear Paw Cabins

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Boat, bike or drive through Great Lakes Bay to fully immerse yourself in the fall colors. While you're there, head to the pumpkin patches and corn mazes to get in the true spirit of the season.  Peak Fall Foliage: late September for oranges, early October for redsPlaces to Stay: Lake of Dreams Campground


Leaf peepers can experience the best of both worlds in Millsboro, Delaware, where visitors can have a traditional log cabin experience away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world or do their leaf viewing while stand-up paddling near a luxury cottage.  Peak Fall Foliage: late October to early NovemberPlaces to Stay: Holly Lake Campsites or Massey's Landing


Adventure awaits in Mercer where cozy, secluded cabins are just steps away from the water. Enjoy fall foliage while riding an ATV through the forests or sit on the dock and relax by the lake. Peak Fall Foliage: mid-OctoberPlaces to Stay: Balsam Ridge Lodging or Craig's Fisher Lake Inn


Canoeing, canopy tours, kayaking and local breweries set the scene in Smugglers' Notch. When you aren't adventuring through the gorgeous splash of autumn leaves, pop open a cold beverage and absorb the beauty of the nature surrounding you. Peak Fall Foliage: mid-September to early OctoberPlaces to Stay: Sterlington Ridge Resort or Stowe Cabins