Top 5 Foliage Destinations around the U.S. You Cannot Miss
Autumn has crept up while you were busy with mundane responsibilities. It is time to put on your hiking boots and clean your camera lens. Nature has put on her autumn garb and the best fall foliage destinations around the U.S. are awaiting your arrival. Rush to see the brilliant shades of red, brown, yellow, golden, orange, purple, and a wide array of colors before the snowy season sets in.
But what are the best places where you can visit to enjoy the fall foliage? Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular fall foliage destinations in the US.
Ask anybody who has ever spent an autumn in Vermont. And you will come across a unanimous reply – it is the best place to see the mountains come alive in dazzling colors.
Practically, the entire state is stuffed with viewing points when it comes to Fall foliage. Take a relaxing drive across Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. Make sure to stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Even if you are a shutterbug, don’t view these mesmerizing colors through your lens only; take a moment to imprint them on your memory too.
A variety of fall activities is available at the Newfane Harvest Festival. Explore the hiking trails in West Bolton for unforgettable views of the leafy reds.
2. Rocky Mountains, Colorado
If you need a change from the burning hues of red and orange, Aspen is the place to head to. The stretch that goes around the Rocky Mountains in Colorado turns a bright shade of yellow that clashes marvelously with the serene blue sky and the snowy mountains.
A 300 mile-long hiking trail winds through the Rocky Mountain National Park. You can also drive from Black Hawk to Estes Park along the Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway to enjoy the view.
3. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park lies in the country’s famed northeast section, in Maine. The most relaxing, not to forget environment-friendly, way to marvel at the autumn colors is on a bicycle. Taking a slow drive along the 27-mile long Acadia National Park loop is also a good idea. Washington County provides a very romantic way of watching foliage colors – a canoe ride along the St. Croix River. The bonus comes in the form of lip-smacking lobster dishes available at the eateries that dot the banks.
4. White Mountains, New Hampshire
New Hampshire provides amazing views of fall hues. However, the finest place to get up close and personal with the said colors is the hiking trail of White Mountains. In fact, you will get hikes of varied elevations in White Mountains. The trails snake their way through picturesque towns. Drive along the Kancamagus Highway for beautiful snaps. Same goes for the road around Mt. Washington.
5. Shenandoah Park, Virginia
This destination is definitely for those who enjoy their time behind the wheel greatly. Rarely will you come across drives as scenic as this one. The 150-mile long Skyline Drive runs through the Shenandoah National Park. The Park is a must-visit destination for those interested in leaf-peeping. If riding a bike or driving a car seems like an uninteresting option to you, you can take a hike along the famed 101 mile-long Appalachian Trail.