The 4 Best National Parks to Escape to this Fall

Fall is one of the most magical times of the year. With the trees turning to your favorite autumn hues and a crisp breeze filling the air, the season begs to be explored outdoors. This time of year also ushers in fewer crowds at many popular vacation destinations, making it among the best times to visit the country’s most frequented national parks. Whether you’re looking for fall foliage, an outdoor adventure, or access to stunning views, we’ve got you covered.

#1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 100 species of trees, making it a top leaf-peeping destination and quintessential southern fall getaway. The roadways that wind through the park provide over 800 miles of awe-inspiring vistas and autumnal beauty right outside your window. For a peaceful retreat amongst the colors, book a tent at Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains. Set upon 182-acres of lush, wooded terrain, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the magic of the fall season.

#2 Acadia National Park

Autumn in Acadia National Park is nothing short of breathtaking. With vivid fall colors and rolling hills, the park offers a picturesque fall backdrop to any hike or woods walk. The cooler temperatures also help make the park’s most popular hikes, like the Precipice Trail Loop and Carriage Roads, more enjoyable. After a long day of exploring, kick back and relax while roasting campfire s’mores at Under Canvas Acadia—surrounded by the beautiful red and orange colors. With unbeatable views of the stunning Maine coastline, it is the perfect base camp for an ideal fall getaway in New England.

#3 Grand Canyon National Park

Travel to the Grand Canyon this fall to enjoy the stunning natural scenery, with striking splashes of autumnal colors, temperate weather, and fewer people compared to the summer months. Bring your camera to capture one of the Seven Wonders of the World with a smattering of coppery leaves and pops of yellow only seen in the fall. If hiking is on your agenda, you’ll be treated to a variety of fall’s finest colors and ideal temperatures. Due to lesser crowds, some of the areas close in mid-October, so plan accordingly. Enjoy the vast desert night sky while cozying up next to a campfire Under Canvas Grand Canyon, located just 25 minutes from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Set upon 160-acres of secluded piñon and juniper forest, Under Canvas Grand Canyon provides you with solitude and unmatched access to the beauty of the season.

#4 Zion National Park

As fall makes its debut, Zion National Park’s dropping temperatures create perfect conditions for hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. Traverse trails surrounded by colorful cottonwoods or seek out panoramic views of Zion’s sandstone peaks set off against the autumn sky. And don’t forget to pack extra layers to keep you warm on your adventures! At night, cozy up next to a campfire and enjoy the hum of live music and new connections at Under Canvas Zion. Surrounded by majestic red rock and soaring cliffs, Under Canvas Zion is the perfect complement to your outdoor adventure this autumn.

Whichever fall getaway you embark on, it won’t be complete without a stay at Under Canvas. Our safari-style canvas tents and unbeatable access to the country’s best national parks provide an unparalleled experience. All that’s left to do is book your Under Canvas tent, pack your bags, and escape into fall!



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