As remarkable as every season can be, there’s nothing quite as spectacular as the colors of fall. Those gorgeous, vibrant hues, when combined with the crisp and biting fall air, make for an outdoor experience that can indeed turn the natural world into a work of art. The sight of the fall leaves is refreshing and breath-taking. To help you get the absolute most out of fall, here are a few of the best spots in the US to experience fall colors at their finest.
1. Aspen, Colorado
Fall is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful times to see Aspen. Aspen’s namesake tree turns a gorgeous golden hue. These golden delights mix with a backdrop of light and darker greens with a splash of red. It is truly a sight to behold. Arrive at the right time (mid to late September), and you’ll bear witness to the fiery autumn yellows and reds contrasted against a backdrop of bright blue skies and evergreen dotted mountain peaks. There are also plenty of things to do for the traveler in Aspen. Many shops, boutiques, and pubs for sampling some of the local craft beer.
2. The Berkshires, Massachusetts
This highland region is in the western parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Berkshires offer not only gorgeous autumn colors but also some fantastic winding roads from which to observe them. The Scenic Mohawk Trail or Route 7 are just two of the excellent drives through the lush Massachusetts forests to take in early October. The dramatic colors and contrasts can be awe-inspiring if you manage to hit them at just the right time. Along the way, you’ll be able to stop over at the many small towns and villages that dot the region and take in the vibrant local culture.
3. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina & Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most beautiful drives in the US. When taken in late October to mid-November, however, it offers us beautiful autumn colors that can vary from pale yellows and light greens to fiery reds and bright oranges and yellows. The elevation over the course of the parkway varies from 650 feet to as high as 6000 feet, meaning that drivers can view the fall foliage in many different stages. The higher elevations will begin to change first, as they will have cooler weather before the lowlands. This drive is one of the best ways to view our fall colors.
4. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Yes, Oregon is mostly known for its evergreens. However, should you take the time to follow the eighty-mile Columbia River Gorge, especially between mid-September and mid-October, you might well find yourself surrounded by breath-taking golds and browns, mixed with areas of oranges and greens. These colors mixed in with the backdrop of the Columbia River and its many pools and waterfalls can be picture-perfect.
5. Connecticut River National Byway
This twisting byway follows the Connecticut River. This path takes you along the border of Vermont and New Hampshire. This journey takes you through a sea of lush red, yellow, and golden foliage when during peak foliage season between mid-September and early October. Another plus is you can drive across one of the most scenic covered bridges that dates back to 1866. You will also pass through farmland and small towns and villages with many activities for the laid-back traveler.
While these five trips for viewing fall foliage in the United States are magnificent, they are only just a sampling of the country’s many beautiful places that one can visit to see fall in all of its glory.