As evidenced by the crisp, cool air and bursts of color in the trees, fall has definitely arrived. While great views can certainly be had while fishing or hiking, sometimes you need to step back and take it all in on a macro level. There are few better ways to do so than in a boat. Here are some colorful spots that are sure to impress:
Bar Harbor, Maine’s rock-lined coastline and harbor are frame-worthy most any time of the year, but autumn is when this town really shines. With Acadia National Park as the backdrop (peak foliage from the end of September through mid-October) there is ample opportunity to take in the views on the water. With charters, rentals and cruises, you don’t have to miss out if you don’t have your own boat at the ready.
With 30 miles of shoreline located on the southern end of the Adirondacks, Lake George is the largest lake in the area. Mountains surround the lake, offering 360-degree views of fall colors through early October. Launch your own boat or hop on one of the popular boat tours offered at the lake.
Located in Devil’s Fork State Park, Lake Jocassee provides plenty of views of the legendary foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition the tree cover, visitors can peep native marsh grass changing from green to gold on the untouched banks of the lake.
Elk Lake, Torch Lake and Rapid River sit just east of Traverse City, Michigan, and just may have inspired some classic literature (Ernest Hemingway vacationed here in his childhood). This area can satisfy the true adventurer in you with 14 lakes in the Elk River Chain of Lakes available to explore by boat.
A full-service marina and nine boat ramps make Lake Monroe a perfect spot for locals and visitors alike. The entire lake is encompassed by three protected areas with thick forests. With the peak viewing season from mid-October to early November, Lake Monroe is a great option for late-season views.
The Portland and Columbia River areas offer plenty of waterways to be explored by boat or kayak. The only thing rivaling the bright colors of the kayaks are the turning leaves throughout the valley. The area is also dotted with wineries, so there are plenty of reasons to take your time and enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
While you can certainly opt to take in the views on your own boat, how about relaxing on a paddlewheel cruise? Over the course of its eight-day voyage, the Queen of the West allows its guests to catch the beautiful sights while also being offered the cuisine for which the region is known.
Well known as a boater’s heaven, Lake Tahoe truly lights up in the fall. With a long season from September to November, visitors are sure to have ample opportunity to view the fall colors. No need to worry about trailering your boat, as there are plenty of boats available for rent on the lake.
So, what’s your favorite place to catch the show? Explore these and other places to enjoy your on-the-water leaf-peeping adventure today.