As autumn approaches in the U.S., many of you will be looking for quick trips to take in the many beautiful colors that come with the changing of the seasons. So to help you plan, we’ve compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 popular leaf-peeping destinations throughout the U.S. The TripAdvisor TripIndex Fall Foliage takes into account the combined average costs of a two-night weekend stay in a B&B, a full tank of gas, apple picking, and a meal at a restaurant.
Here’s what we found:
- The average TripIndex cost for a weekend fall foliage trip is $502.
- In the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains, Ashland, Oregon is the most affordable destination on the TripIndex ($391).
- At $399, Lake Tahoe, California is the second least expensive spot, followed by Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ($442) located 80 miles north of Chicago.
- Located 130 miles west of Boston in the Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts is the costliest spot to view colorful canopies this season ($685).
- Amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina is the second priciest place ($639), while Camden, Mainealong the Atlantic coast rounds out the top three ($570).
Average Prices Per Region:
- West – $422 (16% less than the TripIndex average)
- Midwest – $465 (7% less than average)
- Mid-Atlantic – $473 (6% less than average)
- South – $559 (11% more than average)
- New England – $561 (12% more than average)
Spots to Save:
- Finding Value in New England: At 13 percent less than the average regional expense, budget-minded travelers can view the vibrant foliage in the New England for less in Stowe, Vermont ($486).
- Saving in the South: consider Luray, Virginia ($470). Along the majestic Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley, travelers to this popular lodging spot can save 16 percent, compared to the Southern average.