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On-Water Hot Spots for Fall Foliage

Author: Colleen Richardson

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You can smell it in the air – it’s officially autumn. As the leaves start to change color millions of Americans hit the road to experience fall’s beauty through a car window. Why not skip the traffic and try a new vantage point? Try taking your leaf peeping trip aboard a boat – It’s easier than you think. Check out our top 8 U.S. waterways for fall foliage, all offering cruising, rental and charter options.

For more information on these destinations and ways to get on the water check out our article: Top Spots to View Autumn Colors from the Water.


Bar Harbor, Maine: As the entrance to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers spectacular New England autumn scenery along the rugged Maine coast. Bar Harbor Rental options. 

Lake George, New York: The largest lake in the Adirondacks, nature takes the spotlight in autumn with tree-lined mountainsides in reds, oranges and golds painted against clear blue skies. Lake George Rental Options.


Lake Chelan, Washington: On the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains sits a 55-mile long lake boasting tree-lined state parks with amazing autumn views. Lake Chelan Rental Options.

Lake Tahoe, California: A boating paradise in the Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering Nevada and California offers a shoreline filled with varied hues of yellow as the aspen trees change color. Lake Tahoe Rental Options.


Lake Monroe, Indiana: Near Bloomington, Lake Monroe is the state’s largest lake boasting more than 13,000 acres of lush forest, perfect for leaf peeping enthusiasts. Lake Monroe Rental Options.

Saugatuck, Michigan: On Lake Michigan’s southwestern coast is the artist’s haven of Saugatuck offering beautiful on-water scenery filled with tree-lined hillsides and dunes perfect for taking in autumn’s colors. Saugatuck Rental Options.


Lake Jocassee, South Carolina: This 7,565-acre, man-made lake is tucked deep in South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains boasting an undeveloped shoreline with picturesque scenery offering fall shades of gold and amber. Lake Jocassee Rental Options.

Lake Tellico, Tennessee: A perfect fall boating destination, with more than 300 miles of shoreline with hillsides overflowing in crimson, gold and scarlet against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. Lake Tellico Rental Options.

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