From New England to the Pacific Northwest, private jet charter flights don’t have to be too long to enjoy the phenomenon of fall foliage. Leaf peeping is a favorite American pastime and a great way to take in the country’s awe-inspiring natural beauty. By diversifying your destinations to include locations outside of New England, you’ll give yourself the ultimate way to enjoy the full spectrum of autumnal colors.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires is the premier place to go for world-class leaf turning, which you can view alongside outstanding art and culture. Leaves begin changing color in late September and peak in mid-October, around Columbus Day. To get the most out of your trip, hire a private car service to take you to your destinations so you can keep your eyes on the surrounding beauty instead of the winding roads.
For your stay, book a room at the Blantyre in Lenox. Build in 1902 on nearly 117 acres of manicured land, the manor home is modeled after a Scottish castle. The rooms, cottages and Carriage House drip with opulence that matches the estate.
Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Covered with unspoiled scenery, you’ll easily see why so many choose Vermont’s Green Mountain Byway for their fall travels. Trees cover nearly 80 percent of the state, which is dotted with picturesque small towns filled. Billboards are not allowed along the highways, so nothing gets in the way of your view. Leaves begin to turn in mid-September, with colors peaking at the beginning of October.
Book the View Level Mountain Cabin at the Stowe Mountain Lodge for the ultimate luxury experience and exclusive amenities.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Located along the Continental Divide, Glacier National Park boasts massive peaks, alpine glaciers, Waterton Lakes and rivers that flow to the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The rugged destination is perfect when you want to get away from the bustle of crowds. By the end of September, the park concessions close for the season, tourists are home and you have the park mostly to yourself. The leaves on the park’s deciduous trees—including aspen, birch, huckleberry and maple—turn toward the end of September. Larch trees—deciduous conifers that turn bright gold—change color in mid-October, making for a dramatic scene against the backdrop of snow-covered peaks.
Book a Grand Room at the Great Bear Inn near West Glacier, one of the few accommodations in the area that simultaneously offers modern conveniences in the rooms, such as electricity, television, telephone, cell phone reception, running water and Internet. The intimate lodge offers spacious rooms with fireplaces and private patios, and guest enjoy gourmet dinners.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
A visit to the Columbia River Gorge gives you a glimpse of what explorers Lewis and Clark saw as they ventured west. The 80-mile landscape begins just outside the Portland area, along the Oregon and Washington border, and takes you past rich orchards, Hood River vineyards and Multnomah Falls. The twisted pines, big-leaf maples, Oregon ash and cottonwood trees begin showing their colors in mid-September. The breathtaking scenery of bronze and golden hues lasts through mid- October. Keep in mind that October is also the region’s grape harvest season, making it the perfect time for winery tours.
For the best view of the Gorge, book a River View Fireplace Room at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. In addition to the unparallel scenery, you also get a view of the Wah Gwin Gwin waterfall’s 208-foot cascade. Stays include breakfast at the on-site Simon’s Cliff House, one of the best restaurants in the state.