Is it just me, or has the last week or two brought about a familiar chill in the air? No, it’s not the chill of a summer night; it’s a crisp, dry smell and a certain echo that hollows against the countryside. A feeling that beckons the end of summer and escorts in fall with its brightly colored hues that showcases the vibrant American countryside. I started thinking of the vastly different places the United States has to offer… each has its own beauty that surrenders to fall and displays a brilliant color pallet in the coming weeks. So what places are the best for those who choose to sightsee? Here are some you may want to check out on future travels:
Moosehead Lake Region, ME
This 72-mile route showcases brilliant fall foliage around Maine’s very own Moosehead Lake. The Attean Overlook offers breathtaking views of the Moose River Valley all the way to the Canadian border. Need another way to take in the fall colors without driving? The area offers white-water rafting and hiking opportunities. Want to visit? Maine’s color report can be found here.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC
Eye-popping color is what to expect when you tour the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. Since this year marks the 75th anniversary of Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s an ideal time to visit the area. The 5,000-foot-high Pisgah Inn restaurant’s observation deck offers a look-out point to view the area and the Southern Highland Folk Art Center showcases local items that will capture your attention.
Cades Cove, the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN
Cades Cove straddles the Tennessee – North Carolina border but leaf viewing starts at the “top of Ole Smoky” at Newfound Gap, and descends down the mountainside to Cades Cove. Plenty of American beech, birch and mountain ash are surrounded by waterfalls, streams and a colorful palette of various trees and bushes. Looking for things to do in the area? Click here!
The flavor of fall is definitely in the air in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Join the locals in the yearly Fall Harvest Celebration and take in the deep oranges, reds and yellows of the forested bluffs and pristine shoreline of Lake Superior. Peak times for fabulous fall color in Wisconsin can be found here.
The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Taos, NM
This 84-mile route is said to boast some of the best fall foliage in the southwest. From Taos to Eagle’s Nest, one can’t help but notice brilliant reds, purples and dark oranges in the distance or from the top of a hill. Need an excuse to go? Show up to enjoy Taos Fall Arts Fest, September 23h–October, and the old gold-mining town of Elizabethtown.
Eastern Sierras, CA
Nature’s fiery display is not usually what you think of when you think “California” which is better known for its blue skies and summery beaches. But, one stop in the Eastern Sierra’s and you’ll catch your breath. Check out peak color times here.
Do you have places of your own to share? You know, those little diamond-in-the-rough places that you wish everybody knew about. Shout out… where are your favorite places to visit in the fall?