As the summer heat begins to wind down and a colorful, brisker season approaches, many look for seasonal comfort in the forms of apple cider, warm sweaters, but most importantly- the changing of the leaves from lush summer greens to autumnal golds, oranges, and reds. Gathered by Travel + Leisure, is the following collection of the best locations in the continental United States to see the fantastic sights brought upon by the colorful changing leaves of fall .
Beginning the list for the best leaves of fall is a locale known as “Fall’s Color Capital,” due to its abundance of plants turning various shades of yellow, red, orange, and brown during the months of September and October. It’s suggested that visitors hike or ride through the area to take in the sights, and if the weather proves to be too chilly, a scenic drive can always be found down the Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
The Columbia River Gorge is found in between Washington and Oregon states, bringing the best of what both Pacific Northwest destinations have to offer. This Gorge is home to over fifty waterfalls, with the fall months of October and November being the most optimal times to visit. During these months, Mount Hood becomes a picturesque performance of fall colors, hiking trails, and biking paths, contributing to a collection of unforgettable pictures that will never seem to leave your personal photograph archives.
North Conway, New Hampshire
More than 26 miles of roadway lines the Kancamagus Highway that is tucked away within the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. Step literally into a photograph in early November as you enjoy beautiful vistas- that is when you take a break from the hiking, biking, and rock climbing that the area has to offer.
Huntington, New York
As seen in numerous films displaying its vibrant colorscape, the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve of New York features over 1,600 acres and 27 Trails to explore as you revel in the diverse Maple, Hickory, Sassafras, and Dogwood trees alongside your walking path.
Eastern Shore, Maryland
Whether you find yourself walking around Elk Neck State Park taking in the colorful sights or indulging in the freshly-caught Maryland crabs, you’ll find a safe haven in Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which surrounds both Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Peninsula.
The Poconos, Pennsylvania
No list of iconic American leaves of fall locations should be respected if it does not highlight the absolute majesty of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. This vista stretches around the perimeter of gently winding roads that are absolutely perfect for those chasing the most vibrant fall foliage of the area. Take Route 507 around Lake Wallenpaupack on your relaxing, autumnal roadtrip when the leaves begin to turn in mid-September, peaking in October.
Book a stay at the nearby Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa for pampering relaxation following your excursion to the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary in mid-October when the beautiful, unforgettably-vivid colorscape of the Massachusetts town is on full display against hiking and biking trails.
Taos, New Mexico
Just because the New England corner of America first comes to mind when thinking of the leaves changing doesn’t mean that the south should be ignored. Consider the southwestern landscape of New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle as fall foliage canon, being that the 83-mile drive connecting the towns of Taos, Eagle Nest, Red River, and Questa is known as one of American’s most scenic drives containing spectacular views.
Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia
Home to Georgia’s tallest waterfall at an impressive 729 feet is Amicalola Falls State Park, where visitors can take in a beautiful landscape of Georgian plant life, including maple and oak trees basking in vibrancy.
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