Now that it’s fall, the chill is finally in the air, and most of us our breaking out our fall coats and putting the open-toed shoes in the closet. And while all of that may be heartbreaking to some people, there are a few good things that come with the fall season, and one of the best is the changing of the leaves.
Lots of people love to just sit and gaze at the fall foliage, and if you’re one of those folks thinking of planning a trip to do just that, here are some suggestions on great places to watch the leaves change. Click here for the complete list.
- Seeley-Swan Valley, Montana – Although the leaf-changing season is short, the area’s aspens and cottonwood trees turn the forests golden, although it’s best to go early in the season before the snow starts.
- Congaree National Park, South Carolina – You still have time to book a trip to see the leaves here, since the best viewing is from mid-November through the beginning of December, with many trails offering miles of beautifully colored leaves.
- Sonoma Valley, California – Folks on the West Coast can enjoy the foliage by checking out the changes in the wine country, plus there’s the added bonus of wine tastings to boot.
- Woodstock, New York – Set in the Catskill Mountains, folks can continue to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the foliage through the end of this month. What’s more, there’s plenty of places to also enjoy apple and pumpkin picking in the area.
- Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks – Late September and early October is the optimal time to head to these tourist destinations. Not only will they be less crowded, the changing leaves on the mountains are beautiful and the wildlife is more active.
- Taos, New Mexico – A unique place to check out the foliage because not only are the leaves red, orange and gold, the surrounding mountains and desert make it a sight to behold.
Source: USA Today