Don’t Miss The Color…Best Places To See Autumn Leaves

Summer has sadly passed for the year, but now we can enjoy the refreshing cool of autumn. One of the great things about autumn is the colorful foliage as leaves begin to turn in many areas. Don’t miss the color this year. While no list could be complete, these are some of the best places to see autumn leaves.

Adirondack Mountains, New York

The Adirondack Mountains offer magnificent autumn leaves, as trees change colors amid the steep mountain terrain. The region is also dotted with lakes, rivers, and streams as well as dozens of quaint towns and villages. Visit between the middle of September and October to see the leaves at their brightest.

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Enjoy viewing the brilliant fall foliage in this large state park while mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, boating, or driving a scenic route. Visit during the last half of October for the best colors.

Green Mountain Byway, Vermont

All of Vermont offers a pretty decent display of foliage each autumn, but the Green Mountain Byway is well known for its colors. Passing through both state forests and state parks, the 11-mile Green Mountain Byway present a visual treat. Peak foliage in this area is usually between late September and early October.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

With more than 100 species of native trees and 800 miles of scenic roads and hiking trails, Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers autumn sightseeing for everyone. Plan to visit between early October and early November to see the foliage at its peak.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

The famed Columbia River Gorge is popular with visitors for many reasons. One of those reasons is the great fall colors as the Oregon ash, firs, cottonwoods, and maples put on a spectacular display of autumn color. The foliage is usually at its best from about the middle of September until the middle of October.

Glacier National Park, Montana

You never really need an excuse to visit Montana, but in case you were waiting for one it is foliage in Glacier National Park. This park is stunning throughout the year, but the foliage is a must see. Visit during September to see the deciduous trees in color or in the middle of October to see the larch trees turning yellow.

White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains offer a great display of color each fall. Visit between late September and the middle of October for the best colors.

Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts

The Berkshires are hidden away in an oft-overlooked corner of the Bay State, but it is well worth making the trip. The Berkshires are home to many festivals and arts venues, making this a great place to visit if you want to see more than just amazing fall colors. Visit the Berkshires between late September and the middle of October to see the best foliage.

Catskill Mountains, New York

New York City seems to get much of the tourist attention in New York State, but it is actually only a small part of the Empire State. The Catskill Mountains start just north of New York City in the southeastern part of the state. Peak leaf viewing in the Catskills is normally from about the middle of September through the middle of October.

Aspen, Colorado

The aspen leaves in the mountains surrounding Aspen turn a brilliant yellow during autumn. The best times to view the foliage around Aspen is from late September into early October.


Where are your favorite places for viewing fall foliage?




Robert Witham
Robert Witham
A freelance writer and journalist, I am also a wandering minimalist. I never sit still for too long in one place. When I am not writing I can be found reading, enjoying a good cup of coffee, hiking, fishing, installing a new OS on my laptop, or building a website.