Fall: 7 Unexpected Places

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” so says F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. It’s true. Fall ushers in cool breezes, changing leaves, and a longing for back to school time. While many people think of the east coast when when the leaves start changing, there are many places in the US where you can find gorgeous quilts of fall colors. We have rounded up some places where you can watch the leaves turn color and start over again. Plan your next fall getaway with us.

1. Shenandoah National Park

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Photo by Sue Cummings & Bruce Howard.

2. St. Andrews, Scotland

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Photo by City Circus Wandering.

3. Quebec City, CA

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Photo by My Wanderlusty Life.

4. Munich, Germany

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Photo by Sparkz.

5. The Ozarks, Arkansas

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Photo by J. Bo.

6. Napa Valley, CA

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Photo by Girl Gone Travel.

7. Leavenworth, WA

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Photo by Micha Ollerton.

Ready to jump in some piles of leaves this fall? Find more inspiration for your fall getaways here, here, and here. And as always, come on by Trover.com to meet some fellow travelers and find out more about the planet you inhabit.

Best Secret Swimming Holes in North America

Henry James said, “’Summer afternoonsummer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Here at Trover we have searched for the best places to cool off for a summer afternoon and created a list of the most secret swimming holes so you can escape your cube and practice your back flip in private. Check out our favorite spots to cool off as we enter the second half of summer.

Looking Glass Falls, Transylvania County, North Carolina

Follow the path from the popular waterfall to the much quieter plunge pool.

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Photo by Hayley Lundgren.

Jacob’s Well, Hays County, Texas

A karstic spring explored and mapped by some very brave cave divers.

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Photo by Stephen Leonardi.

Camp Orr, Newton County, Arkansas

Twin Falls offers a refreshing spot to cool off in the hot Arkansas summers.

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Photo by Jeremy Nguyen.

Bruce Peninsula State Park, Ontario

The Grotto is a gorgeous spot in Ontario for swimming with cool clear water for swimming and splashing.

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Photo by Ai Long.

Hamilton Pool, Travis County, Texas

Popular with Austin visitors and locals for cooling off in the strong Texas summer heat.

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Photo by wonders of back roads.

Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai

Located near Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, this is the former swimming hole of Hawaiian royalty.

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Photo by MapNomads.

Need more ideas for fun escapes? Check out our Epic Roadtrip photos here. Find more places to make a splash on Trover.com.

Best Places to Canoe, Kayak, and Raft

Port your canoe down the water’s edge and get ready for the trip of a lifetime. These top spots provide everything from rushing thrills in a kayak, to tranquil paddling in a canoe, to serious chill out time floating down a lazy river. Grab your kayak or canoe and start paddling: the water is calling!

Cumberland Island, Georgia

Canoe and kayak in one of the largest pristine barrier islands in the world.

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Pictured Rocks National Park, Michigan

Paddle among brightly colored sandstone cliffs and towers.

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The Everglades, Florida

10,000 islands full of wildlife to explore.

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Buffalo National River, Arkansas

This 150 mile long river offers rushing rapids and deep swimming pools.

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Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glide through crystal clear waters and watch for whales and bald eagles.

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There are many more watery treks available in our National Parks list.