As warm summer breezes yield to cooler fall temps across most of the U.S., many Americans start to make their annual pilgrimage to the countryside to marvel at the brilliant colors of autumn’s changing leaves. And while fall colors can be observed in many parts of the country, there are several prime locations that offer a truly magnificent autumn spectacular not to be missed.
Nestled among the lush scenery of upstate New York, the Adirondacks offer a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors. Do a shoreline hike along a sparkling lake, or scale one of the many peaks in the area to enjoy a dazzling display of fall colors from forests of maple, oak, beech, and birch.
Known primarily for its luxurious ski resorts, Aspen is also home to one of the most beautiful autumn landscapes in the country. During the months of September and October, visitors hike among golden stands of aspen trees set against purple-colored mountains that reflect in the waters of Maroon Lake.
Home to miles of yellow poplar and hickory trees, Blue Ridge Parkway also features brilliant red maples and vibrant orange sassafras. The parkway itself was built over the tops of mountains, and features numerous lookouts that offer amazing and colorful vistas.
Located in western Massachusetts, The Berkshires feature a number of scenic trails and routes ideal for a day of enjoying fall foliage, including the Mohawk Trail and Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway. Look for red maples along bogs or brooks, and brilliant sugar maples at the higher elevations.
In the nation’s most famous wine-producing region, the fall months represent the beginning of the harvest. Wineries often host “crush parties” during the warm fall days and the crisp autumn nights. Enjoy a wine tasting set against a colorful backdrop of Liquid Amber trees turning shades of red, gold, peach and orange.