5 Places to View Amazing Fall Foliage in the U.S.

The days have grown shorter, the air more crisp, and in the Northwest it has finally begun to rain. Although the fall often represents decay it is also a time of rejuvenation: it’s time for comfort food, for the promise of ski season, and for the leaves to bid adieu in a brilliant last hoorah. Here are some places throughout the country where you can go and see the fall foliage before winter takes it all away.

Walden Pond, Massachusetts
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” Thoreau stated in his 1854 book “Walden”. Thoreau immortalized Walden Pond which is nestled in Concord, Massachusetts and today the pond is visited by thousands of tourists each year. While in the summer Walden provides a popular swimming spot for visitors, the fall months is when Concord’s famous pond springs to life. Intricately combining history, seclusion, and New England’s legendary fall colors, Walden Pond is a wonderful place to view the changing seasons.

Blue Lake, Washington
A short hike with scenic views leads to a cobalt blue mountain lake in Washington’s incredible North Cascades mountain range. Famous for their autumn golds and coppers, the trees that line the banks of the lake have been drawing locals for years. Sit beside Blue Lake and admire the dramatic alpine scenery, soon it will all be blanketed with snow.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Whether you decided to drive along Shenandoah’s scenic Skyline Drive or hike one of it’s many trails, Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles from D.C., has acres upon acres of fall foliage. The Shenandoah park website offers tips and tricks for taking memorable fall photos and has become so famous for their fall colors that they now have “Foliage Reports” at the end of each week.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Come for the Tetons, stay for the fall colors. With two national parks within an hour of each other, visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming should be a no-brainer. However, if you find yourself in western Wyoming in the fall, you’ve probably hit the mind-blowing-beauty jackpot. Fall offers crisper weather, unique scenery, and far fewer crowds than the regions peak summer months.

Talimena National Scenic Byway, Oklahoma
Although Oklahoma is often overlooked, it has become an increasingly popular destination for hunting and fishing. The Talimena National Scenic Byway stretches through the Ouachita mountains into western Arkansas. Whether you decide to cruise through and take in the colors that line this secluded route, or you decide to take your time and explore some of the limestone caves common to this region of the country, the Talimena National Scenic Byway is a unique way to view the coming season.

By Caroline Kellough

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