Where You Can Find The Best Fall Foliage
Now is a favorite time of the year for so many people. The weather starts to get colder in various parts of the country, sweaters begin to make their appearance once again, and people start to get excited for upcoming holidays. But another favorite that falls around this time of the year is the changing of the leaves from lush green to vibrant shades of reds, oranges, yellows and browns. While, not every state gets to experience the change of summer to fall with the beautiful transition of the leaves, there are some places that get to experience the beauty that Fall brings. The following article will provide a list of places that have the best fall foliage for the season.
Fall is one of the most remarkable times of the year in Aspen, Colorado, and for good reason. Named for it’s beautiful trees, come mid-September, the leaves on the Aspens turn the most beautiful golden-yellow hue, and remain that way until the fall off for the Winter season. This makes Aspen a very popular destination to check out for the beauty of the fall foliage in the area. Sadly, Aspen season doesn’t last as long as other trees seasons. An Aspen’s season only lasts 2-3 weeks. So, make sure you see the way Aspen, Colorado glows in the Fall.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Nesting between Oregon and Washington, lies the beauty that is the Columbia River Gorge. This eighty-mile long gorge is home to more than 50 waterfalls, and has some of the most beautiful sights in the Pacific Northwest. When the seasons change, and Summer makes its departure, Fall arrives bright and ready to take over, making the gorge even more breathtaking than it already is. The firs, Oregon ash, big-leaf maples, twisted pines, and cottonwoods of the Columbia River Gorge start showing their fall colors come mid-September.
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
Spanning more than 1.2 million acres, Ozark National Forest is bursting with some of the most incredible scenery. Located in Eastern Arkansas, this is one of the smallest, and most diverse forests in the country, consisting of more than 500 species of trees and plants. The area erupts into hues of gold, red and orange throughout the area come fall, and the foliage peaks more throughout October.
Catskill Mountains, New York
The Catskill Mountains, located in southeastern New York, provides something of a perfect fall backdrop. Consisting of 35 mountain peaks, and 6 major river systems, the 6,000 square miles that make up the Catskill Mountains are breathtaking to say the least. Come Fall, the vibrancy is only enhanced as the forest leaves brighten with yellows, oranges and reds throughout. This makes for some unforgettable views of the Catskills. The best of the fall foliage can be caught the last two weeks of September, and following into October.
Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway – Taos, New Mexico
Fall is normally thought to be experienced in the Northeast, or the Pacific Northwest. But the Southwest has a hidden gem. The Enchanted Scenic Byway, that begins and ends in Taos, New Mexico is an 83-mile loop is known for its amazing views and is said to be one of America’s most scenic drives. The drive is most enjoyed during the Fall. The trees in this area are Aspens, Cinquefold and Cottonwoods. Although the Aspens in this area are what stand out the most. The Aspens in this part of the country don’t just turn golden yellow, but a dark orange as well, which mixed with the dark reds and other yellow hues from the other trees make for a breathtaking drive that everyone should take in the Fall.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
As the most visited national park in the United States, it only makes sense that it’s one of the best places to see fall foliage in the country. There are more than 100 species of native trees, from maples and hickories, to scarlet oaks and sweetgums. Great Smoky Mountains National park is alive with the colors and hues that these trees bring to life come early October, and all the way through early November. The Great Smoky Mountains are sure to leave you speechless with its various colors and shades of gold, orange, red and purple. With over 800 miles of scenic roads to explore within this park, you’ll have more than enough to explore the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Glacier National Park, Montana
While Glacier National Park is more off the beaten path, and a bit more rugged, it makes for some spectacular fall views as it’s one of the best places to see larch trees. Larch trees are deciduous conifers that turn bright gold before they lose all their needles for the winter. These golden trees, mixed with the evergreens, as well as the glacier covered peaks makes for an unforgettable fall view.
There’s something about Autumn that so many people love, especially being able to experience the foliage that comes along with the beautiful Fall season. Beautiful views, mixed with great weather, sound like the perfect opportunity to take in the great outdoors and see some fall foliage first hand!