Last Updated November 5, 2020 11/5/2020

Top 15 Fall Foliage Vacation Rentals Outside of New England

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Although New England is one of the most popular fall foliage destinations in the United States, you can avoid the crowds and instead head to some of the lesser-known leaf-peeping destinations. See some of nature’s most spectacular displays by staying at one of these top Airbnbs, which put you right in the heart of the crimson fall colors and offer easy access to picture-perfect hiking trails and scenic drives.

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Pisgah Highlands Off-Grid Cabin - Candler, North Carolina Pisgah Highlands Off-Grid
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Pisgah Highlands Off-Grid

Pisgah Highlands Off-Grid Cabin - Candler, North Carolina

One of the coziest Airbnb cabins in the United States, this tiny off-grid abode is one of the most popular vacation rentals in North Carolina. The private 125-acre gated property backs up to Pisgah National Forest and offers sweeping views and easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Asheville. Dogs are welcome in this scenic cabin, where you can enjoy s’mores by the fire pit, rest easy on the queen-size bed and admire the stunning fall foliage from the two-person swing.

Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish From the Porch - Basalt, Colorado Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish From the Porch
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Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish From the Porch

Heart of the Frying Pan River, Fish From the Porch - Basalt, Colorado

One of the top vacation rentals for fall foliage in the Rockies, this Airbnb is just inches from the picturesque river. In addition to private fly fishing access, you’ll be just 30 minutes’ drive to Snowmass and Maroon Bells while downtown Basalt is five minutes away. Unwind with a cup of coffee on the spacious front porch and take in the fall foliage and river views, then take advantage of the fully equipped kitchen and DirectTV.

Whispering Wind Treehouse - Argyle, New York Whispering Winds Treehouse
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Whispering Winds Treehouse

Whispering Wind Treehouse - Argyle, New York

This treehouse Airbnb is one of the most scenic Airbnbs for fall foliage hiking, nestled under a canopy of towering trees. Surrounded by large windows, you’ll have the fall foliage views on full display, while indoors there is a full-size mattress. There is no electricity or Wi-Fi here, just you and the swaying trees and nature sounds, making it the perfect glamping spot in New York.

Charming Cabin with Hot Tub - Packwood, Washington Charming Cabin with Hot Tub
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Charming Cabin with Hot Tub

Charming Cabin with Hot Tub - Packwood, Washington

A storybook cabin in Washington, this 900 square foot Airbnb can accommodate up to six guests. The Mount Rainier Chipmunk Cabin is surrounded by ferns and cedar trees in the High Valley neighborhood, with 60 acres of the Gifford Pinchot forest across the street. On-site, you’ll have access to a wood-burning stove, fireplace and Smart TV as well as a hot tub, BBQ, picnic table and fire pit outside. Sit back and take in fall foliage views of the Pacific Northwest or hit the trails at nearby Mt. Rainier National Park.

Modern Renovated Adirondack Lodge - Catskill, New York Modern Renovated Adirondack Lodge
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Modern Renovated Adirondack Lodge

Modern Renovated Adirondack Lodge - Catskill, New York

The Catskills offers year-round natural scenery, and this renovated lodge puts the fall colors on full display. At 2,500 square feet, it’s easy to find peace and quiet while enjoying its three bedrooms, stylish kitchen and open main living and dining room. Perfect for crisp autumn days, the covered porch is ideal for alfresco dining or sunset cocktails. It’s a popular home base for exploring the Catskill Mountain Region, which is known for its hikes, trails, waterfalls and ski resorts.

Historic Icehouse in 980 Acres Private Wilderness - Upper Jay, New York Historic Icehouse in 980 Acres Private Wilderness
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Historic Icehouse in 980 Acres Private Wilderness

Historic Icehouse in 980 Acres Private Wilderness - Upper Jay, New York

This historic 19th-century property was once used to store blocks of ice in the summer, but now this Adirondack Airbnb offers leaf-peeping opportunities and simple cabin-living. Set in the High Peaks, it’s surrounded by stunning private wilderness with hiking trails at your fingertips. Inside is well-equipped, offering a kitchen, comfy beds, unique furniture and artwork. Bonus if you’re a coffee-lover, as they provide a Moccamaster, French press, Italian stove-top coffee maker and Nespresso milk foamer.

Luxury Fountain House, Poconos Retreat - Lakeville, Pennsylvania Luxury Fountain House, Poconos Retreat
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Luxury Fountain House, Poconos Retreat

Luxury Fountain House, Poconos Retreat - Lakeville, Pennsylvania

It’s hard to not be lured in by the natural beauty of this three-bedroom chalet-style vacation home in Pennsylvania. In addition to spectacular fall foliage views, you’ll have access to a fireplace and hot tub as well as a Roku in every room with Netflix and premium channels. About two hours from NYC in the Wallenpaupack Lake area, there is ample opportunities for fishing, while a community pool and tennis courts are available.

Sky Haus: A-Frame Cabin - Skykomish, Washington Sky Haus A-Frame Cabin
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Sky Haus A-Frame Cabin

Sky Haus: A-Frame Cabin - Skykomish, Washington

This A-frame cabin is not only adorable, but it’s also just a 15-minute drive from some of the best fall foliage-viewing hikes in the Pacific Northwest. The cozy loft has four beds, a fully-equipped kitchen and a gas fireplace, which is controlled by a wall-mounted thermostat. Need to unwind after a day of adventure? Have a soak in the hot tub that sits right outside your front door. For a small fee, your four-legged friends are allowed.

Updated 1921 Carriage House in Southern Pines - Southern Pines, North Carolina Updated 1921 Carriage House in Southern Pines
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Updated 1921 Carriage House in Southern Pines

Updated 1921 Carriage House in Southern Pines - Southern Pines, North Carolina

Head to North Carolina for a stay at this unique Tudor Carriage House, which features the perfect blend of modern conveniences and roaring ‘20s charm. You’re spoiled for gorgeous nature views, with an acre of longleaf pines and azaleas in Southern Pines. Take advantage of the full kitchen and private bath with a tub and rainforest shower, or explore nearby downtown shops and restaurants. Alternatively, you can book a tee time at one of the many golf courses nearby.

Cozy House on 4.5 Acres - Durango, Colorado Cozy House on 4.5 Acres
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Cozy House on 4.5 Acres

Cozy House on 4.5 Acres - Durango, Colorado

Located in the beautiful East Animas Valley of Durango, this three-bedroom Airbnb is perfect for families who want to enjoy Colorado’s pristine nature views. Only 30 minutes from Purgatory Ski Resort, it features a large front patio with panoramic views, a bright sunroom, wine cooler and backyard gas fire pit. Other perks include a jetted tub, washer/dryer and four Smart TVs.

Private Riverfront Beauty Near Downtown Asheville - Asheville, North Carolina Private Riverfront Beauty Near Downtown Asheville
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Private Riverfront Beauty Near Downtown Asheville

Private Riverfront Beauty Near Downtown Asheville - Asheville, North Carolina

Just minutes from downtown Asheville, this two-bedroom cabin not only offers fall foliage viewing, but it also has a picturesque riverfront location. Enjoy a few days of serenity lounging next to the Swannanoa River and enjoy modern perks such as new kitchen appliances, heated, high-speed Wi-Fi and cable TV. At night, cuddle around the fire pit for s’mores and stargazing.

Black Cabin in the Mountains Near Bushkill Falls - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Black Cabin in the Mountains Near Bushkill Falls
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Black Cabin in the Mountains Near Bushkill Falls

Black Cabin in the Mountains Near Bushkill Falls - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

If you like the idea of mixing ultra-modern design and pristine nature views, this mountain Airbnb in Pennsylvania is for you. It features a sleek black design and high-end appliances near Bushkill Falls and Shawnee Mountain, surrounded by a creek with kayaking and fishing opportunities. You can fit up to six guests here comfortably, with an open kitchen and living area as well as an outdoor deck with a fire pit.

Forest Camping Hut - Elk, California Forest Camping Hut
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Forest Camping Hut

Forest Camping Hut - Elk, California

Glamping at its finest, this private forest camping hut in California immerses you amongst the Redwoods. Just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, 5 miles from Elk and a short coastal drive to Mendocino, this is the perfect place to get away from it all for a few days. Unplug and recharge while relaxing on the outdoor deck, while the hut also features a queen-size bed, private outdoor shower, small gas stove burner as well as gas heating.

Treetop Hideaways: Luna Loft - Flintsone, Georgia Treetop Hideaways: Luna Loft
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Treetop Hideaways: Luna Loft

Treetop Hideaways: Luna Loft - Flintsone, Georgia

Described as “part glamping, part boutique hotel”, this charming treehouse Airbnb is ideal for nature lovers. Your adventure awaits at this treetop retreat, which features a kitchenette, cozy couch and floor-to-ceiling views of the valley below. Head to the bar-top deck for dining or drinks while nestled amongst the trees, then enjoy easy access to excellent dining, entertainment and outdoor adventures in nearby Chattanooga. Cook s’mores on the fire pit, then wake up to sunrise views over the valley.

Mountain Retreat with Beautiful Views & Hot Tub - Gatlinburg, Tennessee Mountain Retreat with Beautiful Views & Hot Tub
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Mountain Retreat with Beautiful Views & Hot Tub

Mountain Retreat with Beautiful Views & Hot Tub - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Offering a luxe mountain getaway, this two-bedroom cabin is located between downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. It’s an ideal home base for hiking and fall foliage-viewing, offering cathedral ceilings, large picture windows, a spacious kitchen and a stone fireplace. After a long day of sightseeing, retreat to the large covered deck with Adirondack rockers and spa, which faces Mt Le Conte and offers spectacular foliage views. There’s also a grill area with a picnic table and umbrella.

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