The best part about fall is the beauty of the changing leaves. For those of you who don’t get to experience it, I am here to tell you where to travel to see the most epic fall foliage. Take it from someone who is from the Midwest, it is a sight to see that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. There is a range of places across the United States to consider as travel destinations for your fall sightseeing, but here are the best ones along the eastern side of the country.
Arkansas & Missouri
This area, lying in the South-east region of the US, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the fall. The bluffs along the Upper Buffalo National River offer a spectacular view of the changing leaves during the autumn months. To see even more fall foliage, there are many state parks that you can explore during your visit, like the Mammoth Spring State Park. You can also take the Scenic 7 Byway for even more places to soak in the magic, driving on roads lined with tons of trees lit up in reds and oranges. Traveling from Northern Arkansas to Southern Missouri through the Ozarks will give you a sight-seeing tour you may never forget.
This state, lying between Virginia and South Carolina, is the place to be for extremely picturesque moments of fall foliage. One of the state’s most popular destinations is Asheville, an art-filled town with tons of areas to enjoy nature while also appreciating its eclectic feel. To be further enclosed within the autumn colors, consider driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is a long stretch of road that allows you to see all that North Carolina and even Virginia has to offer with scenic views from the mountaintops. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another great location to see the leaves and be surrounded by nature, housing a forest that lines the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Traveling the Byways of Vermont will lead to sights you never thought you would see, lying in the northeastern region of the United States. Along the way, there are so many lush forests that provide you with amazing views of all of the changing leaves. Jeffersonville is a key destination to explore with a multitude of outdoor activities to do while indulging in the scenery. There’s even more options to see the leaves besides driving on routes or walking through parks, such as zip-lining through the treetops or renting a canoe or kayak to see the forest’s colors on the streams and rivers.
The best time to plan a trip to see the changing leaves would be from mid-September to late October. If you are someone traveling from a warmer state for this magical sight, there are some things to keep in mind.
- Make sure to bring layers, because while it may be warm and comfortable during the day, the night air tends to have a chill to it.
- Have a camera so you can capture all of the glory and colors of the foliage.
- For more information on the states and what parks to visit, make sure to stop at the visitor’s center to gather even more tips and tricks.
by Victoria Vitale