Fall is fully in the air. That means much of the country is awash with beautiful colors, crisp air, and pleasant temperatures. Many Americans hit the road during this time to find and photograph beautiful fall foliage. Planning a daycation or booking a day use hotel near one of America’s National Parks is a great way to enjoy the fall scenery and see some spectacular landmarks. National Parks are usually less crowded during the fall months. And, they are much more enjoyable to spend time in since temperatures are not blazing hot anymore. Plus, since National Park land is protected, that means the landscape will be pristine.

Since you have the ability to book a room online through HotelsByDay, it’s easy to craft a day trip to check out a park. Keep reading for a list of some of the best National Parks to visit this fall.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A trip out to west Texas might not be your first choice for fall foliage, but this park certainly should not be missed. Filled with majestic canyons, plants and trees find room to grow among water sources near canyon walls. The park has plenty of trails for hikers to explore, and the mountains provide spectacular vantage points of the surrounding scenery. Come fall, the foliage turns brilliant shades of yellow, red, and orange that arguably rivals colors found in the Northeast. The park is just couple of hours by car from the bustling city of El Paso, making it a great spot to visit after booking hotel accommodation in the city. Book a hotel for the day at the Holiday Inn El Paso Airport and explore all Texas has to offer.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular in the country, and for good reason. With bountiful wildlife, endless opportunities for adventure, and some of the country’s most beautiful mountains, the park has something for just about anyone. Come fall, the area’s aspen trees turn a brilliant gold color. Much of the park is accessible by car, on foot, or on horse, which means exploration can be done no matter your energy level. Fall is a great time to spot elk and sheep among the trees, to fish for trout in the river, and for adventurous spirits to climb cliffs. Book a day use hotel room at the Cambria Suites Fort Collins to enjoy a short and leisurely drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. Or, to get a more immersive Colorado adventure, relax in the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek.

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Shenandoah National Park

Just outside the nation’s capital city, Shenandoah National Park is a delightful destination for those looking for fall colors. With over 500 miles of trails, there’s endless opportunities to see beautiful fall foliage and wildlife. Many visitors come during the fall months to check out lookout points like the Hemlock Springs Overlook or drive on the Skyline Drive national scenic byway. The drive crosses for over 100 miles alongside the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides great views of the park. The park is well-equipped for any visitor, and park rangers occasionally offer programs for tourists. Since the park is so close to Washington D.C., it is a great destination for a day trip. Book a half day stay at the Crystal Gateway Marriott or the Capitol Skyline Hotel and head off to explore the park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This park’s 33,000+ acres of protected land boasts many miles of hiking trails and a large number of waterfalls, making a hike or walk through the park a beautiful adventure. The land is also a migration spot for around 250 bird species, giving bird watchers plenty to point their binoculars towards. The winding Cuyahoga River is a relaxing spot for a canoe or kayak ride, or a great spot for those looking to fish. The park features one of the most unique transportation options; the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Since the park is close by to Cleveland and Akron, it can be a relaxing day trip from the busy city. Find a day use hotel room at the Aloft Beachwood and spend the rest of your time exploring one of Ohio’s most scenic destinations.

Book your day use hotel!

Since fall colors are already in full bloom, the time is now to plan your National Park trip through HotelsByDay. Even better, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees for all its parks on November 11th and 12th for Veterans Day Weekend. Use our extensive list of hotels that offer the best day stay deals. Once you’ve found the perfect accommodations, simply make your reservation through the HotelsByDay website or mobile app.

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Kevin O'Brien

Kevin is a native Texan who is currently on the east coast. He’s spent time living and working in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and in Africa, and enjoys playing a couple of musical instruments.