Hocking Hills, Ohio
Get ready for 10,000 acres of maple, sassafras, oak, hickory, and hemlock to light up your life in a fiery (but again, not actually ON fire!) barrage of color. Ohio's Hocking Hills is one of the best reasons to visit Ohio (the snarkier among us might say the only reason, but the snarkier among us are from Michigan).
Just an hour's drive from Columbus -- actually a pretty fun city in its own right -- Hocking Hills has scenery you would never expect to find in the Buckeye State, especially if your only experience with the Buckeye State is calling it the Buckeye State. Gasp-worthy rock formations carved out millennia ago by glaciers, waterfalls spilling over cliffs and crags, and explorable caves tucked away like enchanted kingdoms (seriously, we just said that about OHIO) will quickly change your tune about the corn-filled flatlands. And you can experience it all by kayak, zipline, Segway, ATV, horseback, climbing, rappelling, hiking, or good old American-made car.