Do you love the colors of autumn? Some people think autumn is the best time of the year. That’s because around the nation there are beautiful displays of the leaves changing color. From September to early November, there are several prime spots around the country that have the best views of fall foliage. Some of you may be lucky enough to live in these areas, but for many we need to plan a road trip, camera in tow. Here is a look at some of the best spots around the country to see some beautiful fall colors.
The Northeast is known to have spectacular sightings of fall foliage. One top spot is Acadia National Park in Maine. View your sightings on your own or head out with a park ranger to better understand the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Oak Mountain State Park, located in Alabama, is the state’s largest state park. There is plenty to see among the 10,000 acre forest. Admission is fairly cheap at $3.00 per person. One of the most popular spots is in Massachusetts along Mohawk Trail. With 63 miles, you will be sure to see some memorable sights, along with 50,000 acres of state parks and forests along the Berkshire Hills and Connecticut Valley. In the Rocky Mountains, we all know Aspen is a well-known spot for winter sports and vacationing, but this area has some of the best fall foliage sightings in the country. If you love hiking, there is no better way to see the colors of fall in Aspen, Colorado. In Washington state, Mount Rainier National Park is your best bet for great fall foliage sightings. In this area, Paradise and Packwood are excellent places to see fall in its vibrancy. If you live more to the southern part of the United States, Arkansas is a great place to see beautiful colors, especially in November. Check out Ouachita National Forest in this area. Even if you live in Texas, you can see great fall foliage. Visit the Texas State Parks as they offer some of the best places to view spectacular Texas fall foliage. Try Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Hill Country or check out fall foliage of East Texas at Daingerfield, Lake Bob Sandlin, and Cooper Lake State Parks. For brilliant yellows, try Caprock Canyons and Palo Duro Canyon State Parks in the Panhandle and Davis Mountains State Park in far West Texas. And, most importantly, don’t forget your camera!