Fall Foliage

Like many of you Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The crisp mornings, the colors of the leaves in our case the vines, wardrobe changes, thinking about soups and chili’s-I just love it. And along with the fall colors and leaves changing comes the thought of travel to some of the best known travel spots for full on fall colors.

In my research I was pleased to learn  how many fabulous locations we have in the US to experience fall foliage travel and right in our very own backyard. But predicting fall color change is no easier than forecasting the weather. Book now and hope that you have it timed right, either way you will have a fabulous trip!

In alphabetical order of our states:

Arkansas, Ozark National Forest

With over 1.2 million acres of spectacular scenery you some consider the Ozark National Park to be one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state. Colors traditionally become the most vibrant in the last two weeks of October with several national forests consisting of oaks, black gum trees, hickories, and maples,

Colorado, Aspen

I first learned about the Aspen tree change of colors in a news report several years ago and absolutely fell in love with the beauty of this state. Aspen trees begin their transition from green to gold in early September, starting at higher elevations and moving lower as seasonal temperatures drop. The peak transition time  is late September and depending on the year can extend to mid October.

Massachusetts, The Berkshires

Truth be told this Northern California girl had never heard of The Berkshires until watching Housewives of New York City, so of course when I saw it on the list I just had to share! “Located about 130 miles north of Boston, the foliage season, which usually starts in late September and hits its peak in mid-October, you can expect to see colors ranging from golden yellows to vivid oranges to deep reds.”

New York, Staten Island Greenbelt

“City dwellers don’t need to go far to get to one of New York’s most beautiful forests, located right within the five boroughs in Staten Island. Maple, tulip, beech, oak, and hickory trees make up a varied and beautiful hike for leaf peepers who can’t get away every weekend.” From Travel + Leisure

Oregon, Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge offers some of the most impressive fall foliage in the Pacific Northwest, with peak season typically falling between late September and mid-October. Just 30 miles East of Portland the Columbia River Gorge offers amazing views and hiking and mountain bike trails and over 90 waterfalls.


In every post about the US I try to cover several regions hoping that it makes it easier for everyone to travel no matter where they live in the states. Please share your favorite place to visit during Fall foliage: karen@50isjustanumber.com

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