As summer winds down to a close, Americans everywhere are flocking to the countryside to see the leaves change color. Following is a list of five of the best places to see fall foliage across the United States.
Adirondacks, New York
Nestled among the lush scenery of upstate New York, the Adirondacks offer a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors. In order to see the colors of the maple, oak, beech, and birch trees in the area, visitors can hike along the lakes or scale one of the many peaks in the area.
Napa Valley, California
In the nation’s most famous wine-producing region, the fall months represent the beginning of the harvest. Wineries in the region often host crush parties, which take place during the warm fall days and the crisp autumn nights. In addition to partaking in the Napa Valley tradition of wine tasting, visitors can bike alongside world-famous vineyards or dine al fresco in one of the city’s many restaurants.
A town that is known primarily for its luxurious ski resorts, Aspen is also host to one of the most beautiful autumn landscapes in the country. During the months of September and October, visitors can hike among golden aspen trees and catch a glimpse of massive purple mountains reflected in the waters of Maroon Lake.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
Home to miles of yellow poplar and hickory trees, Blue Ridge Parkway features brilliant red maples and vibrant orange sassafras. The region also has a large number of cozy cottages and bed-and-breakfasts, which allows visitors to experience the fall foliage in comfort and style.
The Berkshires in Massachusetts
Located in the heart of the Massachusetts countryside, The Berkshires plays host to a number of scenic trails and routes, including the Mohawk Trail and Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway.