Where to See Fall Foliage in the U.S.
Fall is officially upon us, which means chilly weather, pumpkin patches, apple cider, and of course Fall foliage. One of the best Fall activities is bundling up and taking a drive or a hike amongst the changing Fall leaves. As the days get shorter, leaves turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red, and gold, making a true natural true masterpiece. If you want to plan a ‘leaf-peeping’ trip to take in the sights of Autumn, here are the top five places we recommend for Fall foliage viewing.
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One of the best spots to see Fall foliage is in Maine. There’s opportunity for viewing all across the state, but Acadia National Park is an ideal location. It’s one of the most stunning and scenic areas in Maine, which only adds to the magic of the turning leaves! Bar Harbor is the closest town to the park, and is a great starting point for your Fall adventures.
There are many different areas in New York for prime leaf viewing, but the Catskill Mountains provide the prettiest fall backdrop. Drive around the beautiful farm country dotted with charming old barns and apple orchards, or take a hike through the stunning mountains for a birds-eye view of the landscape below. There are also many Fall events and festivals in the Catskills to get you in the Autumn spirit!
When you think of Fall foliage, Vermont is probably the image in your mind. One of the most picture-perfect places for Fall foliage is in Stowe, Vermont. It’s no surprise that it’s called ‘Fall’s Color Capital.’ You’ll be surrounded by vivid hues in this charming New England town! There are many scenic drives and hikes in the surrounding area, such as Mount Mansfield and Smugglers’ Notch State Park, which are all prime areas for leaf-peeping.
Not all Fall foliage in the U.S. is in New England! No matter where you are in Colorado, you’ll catch a glimpse of beautiful foliage during the autumn months, but our favorite spot is in Aspen. Known as a famous ski town, Aspen lights up in the Fall with the brightest shades of yellow from its Aspen (or Quaking Aspen) trees. One of the most popular leaf viewing spots is Maroon Bells, which are some of the most beautiful and most photographed peaks in the country. In the Fall, it is truly stunning, with the yellow trees reflecting in the crystal-clear lake below.
Grand Teton National Park is already one of the most insanely beautiful places in the U.S., and it becomes even more magical in the Fall. The brightly colored Cottonwoods, Aspen, and willow trees turn the landscape into yellow and red carpets in the Fall. With the breathtaking Teton mountains in the background, there’s no better spot for anyone who loves Fall foliage.
Kick off the Fall season with a trip to any one of these incredible spots in the U.S. Whether you prefer to take in the views from the car on a drive or out in the woods on a hike, you’ll be in the Fall spirit in no time. Put on your coziest sweater and get ready for an Autumn adventure!
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