Some of you might not be ready for summer to end, but it’s not all bad news. In many areas of the country, it’s sweater weather, hot apple cider, and it’s the time when the leaves change from lush greens to Autumn colors. Nothing says romance like a beautiful canvas of brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. Take a drive or plan a weekend getaway in one of the best places to see fall colors in the U.S.
1. Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine is known for its salty, sea air, and brilliant fall colors. The best time to visit is mid-October. Check out some of their beautiful historic hotels, kayak, or go bird and whale watching while you’re there.
2. Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
Ozark National Forest has more than 1.2 million acres of spectacular scenery. During October, fall foliage is at its peak. The Ozarks has plenty of mountains, springs, rivers, and breathtaking parks to visit.
3. Catskill Mountains, New York
For those of you up north, check out the Catskill Mountains. You haven’t experience fall colors until you’ve seen the landscape in this area.
4. Huntington, New York
Keeping with our New York area, be sure to swing over to Huntington and visit the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. It has over 1600 acres and 27 trails full of maples, hickory, sassafras, and dogwood trees. All that variety makes for a breathtaking view.
5. Stowe, Vermont
It’s no wonder Stowe is called “Fall’s Color Capital.” With so many plants that turn varying shades of yellow, red, orange, and brown, it makes for a memorable adventure. The best time to plan a drive to Stowe is from September to mid-October.
6. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Columbia River Gorge is home to over 50 waterfalls, but the fall season is especially spectacular. During October through November, Mount Hood becomes a symphony of fall colors.
7. The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Don’t forget The Poconos on your list. Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack makes for a wonderful road trip to see the autumn’s artwork. The leaves begin to turn in mid-September and peak in October.
8. Taos, New Mexico
While most people associate the Northwest as the best places to see fall colors, the Southwest deserts can also satisfy your craving for seasonal colors. The southwestern landscape is a must-see in the fall. Areas like The Enchanted Circle contain some stunning views.
9. Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia
Heading back down to the southern regions of the U.S., Amicalola Falls State Park is home to Georgia’s tallest waterfall. At 729 feet, it can be seen from many different trails int the park. The bottom of the falls gives you a beautiful view of stunning maples and oak trees in their fall clothing.
10. Franklin, Tennessee
If you think you’ve missed all the great fall foliage in October, Franklin Tennessee has what you need. Their peak season is in early November and features a canvas of poplars, maples, oaks, and hickories that make the town come alive.
Best Places to See Fall Colors
Over the next few months, each state will experience a unique view of fall. We only listed 10 of the best places to see fall colors, but there are many more. Here’s a fall foliage prediction map to plan your trek.
What are some of your favorite spots to see fall foliage?
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