The leaves go on display early in the Northeast and Midwest, and hotels have deals to make the most of it.
Wherever the leaves change color, expect hotel rates to rise as fall color peaks. Still, there are a few deals in leaf-peeping season, especially if you can travel midweek.
In the Catskills in New York, the 11-room Arnold House offers Shandelee Mountain hikes and midweek rates from $169, with breakfast. Weekends begin at $229.
In the Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge offers fall rates from $282 a night, down from $448 in high season. Apple cider treatments add seasonality to the spa.
Color comes to Maine early, and rates drop at properties in the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, a group of boutique hotels in and around Kennebunkport: at the downtown Grand Hotel and the restored motel Lodge on the Cove, from $99.
On Nantucket, Massachusetts, the boutique hotel collection Nantucket Island Resorts cuts fall rates at its properties, including the Jared Coffin House in town where rooms start at $155 a night on some dates in October.
After Labor Day it gets quieter on Mackinac Island in Michigan, where Mission Point resort offers a fall package including a private horse carriage tour, bike rentals for half a day, dinner and accommodations at $289 a night for two.
In Colorado, Aspen aims to attract pre-ski-season travelers with a third night free when you book two nights. Through Oct. 29, rates start at $179 a night at the Sky Hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The GoSeek discount hotel booking service lists deals in foliage-favored areas, including Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin and elsewhere.