The autumn season is finally upon us and you know what that means? It means that it is time for fall foliage; that time of the year when the leaves turns bright colors of yellows, reds and oranges. There are national parks all across the United States and they are the hotspot for viewing the leaves change colors. Here are the best national parks for fall foliage viewing.
Yosemite National Park– Yosemite National Park is located in the central eastern part of California. The park stretches over 747,956 acres and features 1,600 miles of streams, 800 miles of hiking trails and 350 miles of roads. The best time to view the fall colors here is from the latter part of October into November. The hot spots to see the colors of the park’s various Pacific dogwoods, maples and black oaks are the Yosemite Creek Picnic Area and the Tuolumne Grove Trailhead.
Denali National Park and Preserve– Denali National Park is located in Alaska. This national park is spread out over 4,740,911 acres that features campgrounds, lodges, restaurants and the McKinley National Park Airport. The park’s dramatic beauty in the fall attracts thousands upon thousands of leaf peepers each year. Wildlife is also abundant during the fall months, before the cold weather and snow hits.
Grand Teton National Park– Grand Teton National Park is located in the north western part of Wyoming. The park is situated over 310,000 acres featuring 1,000 campsites, more than 200 miles of hiking trails and 300 species of birds. The leaves are full of bright colors from the end of September through the month of October. Also, fall is breeding season for deer species, so they are very active this time of year.
Arcadia National Park– Arcadia National Park is located in the state of Maine and features over 47,000 acres of lakes, shoreline, mountains and woodlands. The park is also home to 40 different mammal species including moose, chipmunks, beavers and coyote. The leaves normally peak towards the end of October here. Locals say that one of the best viewing spots for fall colors is Cadillac Mountain.
Where is your favorite place to look at fall foilage?