Want to experience the change of seasons and take in nature’s spectacular color show? Come along with us as we leaf-peep in some of the best color-catching locations.
Come fall, trees and other foliage change colors whether you’re on the east coast, west coast, or in the Midwest. It’s a free show you don’t want to miss! Some of the best fall color viewing opportunities are listed below:
Acadia National Park (Maine): Color change begins in late September here. A drive along the 27-mile scenic park loop is a great way to see the beautiful foliage.
The Berkshires (Massachusetts): Take a leisurely drive along the Mohawk Trail, an historic 60-mile route that puts the beautiful fall colors in perfect view.
Kancamagus Highway (New Hampshire): Mid-September through the first two weeks of October is prime time to view the colors along the Kanc, as locals call it. From Lincoln to Conway, drive the 60 miles and enjoy the show.
Mabry Mill – Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia): Late October to early November is peak leaf-peeping time here. The Mill, set among the backdrop of the fall colors, is the perfect photo op.
Bernheim Forest (Kentucky): Just outside of Louisville, the Bernheim Forest has 35 trails to walk while taking in the colorful views. Visit during the annual Colorfest, scheduled this year for October 19-20.
Hocking Hills State Park (Ohio): About two hours east of Cincinnati, Hocking Hills State Park has several scenic loops to enjoy while viewing the fall colors. Early October is the best time to visit and take it all in. Check out www.explorehockinghills.com for details.
Door County (Wisconsin): This beautiful Wisconsin peninsula has several options to enjoy the fall color display, including scenic boat rides, drives, and one towering opportunity. Climb the 75-foot tower at Potawatomi State Park for a sweeping view or drive from Egg Harbor to Ephraim, along the bay, for some colorful scenery.
Trione-Annadel State Park (California): California’s northern wine country puts on a pretty show come fall. This beautiful park in Santa Rosa has it all – hills, meadows, streams, and plenty of hiking trails to see it all.
Mono County (California): The area east of the Sierra Nevada mountains is a prime spot for fall colors. In fact, Yosemite National Park, despite its abundance of fir trees (evergreen), has plenty to offer. Sugar maple and dogwood trees turn vibrant red and black oaks change to stunning golden yellows. Visit here in the end of October to take in all of the colors.
Mt. Hood Scenic Byway (Oregon): Visit Oregon in mid to late October for the best color show and consider the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway as the best route to take it all in. Get comfy for a 3-4 hour ride, but there are plenty of places to stop along the way.
Leavenworth (Washington): Head to this charming Bavarian-style town in mid-October to catch the best color show. Bike or walk the 10-mile Apple Capital Loop Trail, which runs along the Columbia River.
Where are some of your favorite leaf peeping spots? Let us know in the comments!