Fall is known as a colorful season. Orange might be the most commonly associated color, as the pumpkin is a frequent symbol of the season. This color is also one that many leaves on trees turn to as they fade before dropping to the ground. However, many leaves also turn red, yellow, and other colors. The bouquet of vibrant shades is one of the prettiest things to ever see in nature if you know where you can see great fall colors .
Depending on where you live, you might be able to drive to a place known for its fall colors, but you might also have to fly. The best places tend to be the Pacific Northwest, New England, Montana, and Western North Carolina.
The times you should visit also vary. The more northerly the latitude, and the higher the elevation, the sooner colors will change. However, the fall season is generally from the middle of September to the middle of October for most of the continental United States.
Lakes are often a great place to visit when the leaves are changing because they reflect and even magnify the colors along their shores. If this interests you, then Minnesota or Wisconsin might be someplace to consider.
On the other hand, mountain ranges are a sight like no other when the dots of many colors are all up and down the sides of ridges. Asheville, North Carolina relies heavily on tourism as its primary industry, as does all of Western North Carolina. The summer season brings the most people and money, but the fall leaf season is second place.
A lot of that has to do with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Running from Virginia down into South Carolina, this scenic two-lane highway goes along the top of many mountain ridges with impeccable views in all directions. It takes less than an hour to get from Asheville up to Mt. Mitchell, which is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River.
Timing that drive can be interesting since the leaves change at different rates at different altitudes. Asheville itself could still be green while you drive up through the colors and get up to Mt. Mitchell only to find the leaves up there already down.
Originally published at https://andrewelsoffer.net on October 2, 2021.