What is it about the fall season that makes people fall in love?  Well, not just with another, but also fall in love with the season as well?  It is the crisp, cool air, the bulky sweaters, or the smell of apples freshly picked from the fields? Actually, none of the above compares to the magnificence of the autumn leaves in various shades of orange, red, and gold falling slowly from their branches.  There are so many splendors one can witness just by watching autumn leaves unfold. So here’s a list of the top places that offer the best views of autumn:

Columbia River Gorge: Autumn in Columbia

The Columbia River Gorge is a ravine of the breathtaking Columbia River and it stretches to about 80 miles.  Over the years, it has become a famous recreational destination in the United States.  Autumn cool, crisp air is just perfect for the many things one can do when visiting the Columbia River Gorge:  you go rafting on the rivers, exploring many hiking trails, or simply driving along I-84.  Nevertheless, the gorge itself is considered a wonder in the geological field because it snakes between the Cascade Mountains.  The gorge separates north Oregon from south Washington.  The gorge is home to the Multnomah Falls and a variety of trees whose leaves turn into various autumn shades during the middle of September until the middle of October.

The Catskills: Autumn in New York

Take a break away from the concrete jungle and head to The Catskills, which is located just north-west of the Big Apple.  Traveling here during the fall season will not only feel like going back in time or into an alternate universe because of its charming historic towns, its bountiful harvests that are being sold at the people-friendly marketplace, the arts and crafts fairs, quaint shops, the warm and friendly townspeople, and of course, the magnificent autumn leaves.  The Catskills was quoted as the country’s First Wilderness because of the wide array of trees that can be found in this region.  They burst into various shades of red, gold, and orange during winter that makes the perfect backdrop for family-friend activities and bed-and-breakfast type of accommodations.

Aspen: Autumn in Colorado

Aspen, Colorado is, no doubt, one of the top places to visit during winter for some skiing.  Even celebrities like John Denver and Charlie Sheen have not only visited Aspen but also wrote songs about this place.  While it’s one of the favorite winter spots for most people, the so-called “Autumn in Aspen” has been said to be something that one shouldn’t miss in a lifetime.  Just the way the leaves change in color with the mountains as the background is one of the reasons why people are lured into Aspen not just during skiing season.  Visiting Aspen in the middle of September is just perfect.

Eastern Townships: Autumn in Quebec

The Eastern Townships in Quebec has always been the favorite getaway spot of the rich but for those people who know this region’s secret, they head here during the fall season.  It is located in the south-east of Quebec, Canada and stretches to the border of Maine.  The location of Eastern Townships explains its similarity to New England but has the flair of a French province.  Apart from the beautiful fall scenery, small towns like the North Hatley and the Knowlton are two of the quaint places once can visit in Eastern Townships during the fall season. Visitors can enjoy the scenery either by walking or horse riding.   Of course, the maple tree is number one here.

Lake of the Ozarks: Autumn in Missouri

The Lake of the Ozarks is a large basin in Missouri that has a length of more than 90 miles with various branches that sustain it.  If your knees turn to Jell-O just by looking at the beautiful autumn scenery of the hillside, then the autumn scenery by the lake with do just the same.  The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is particularly beautiful during the fall season and it gets better because of the many activities you can do by the lakeside.  There are also hiking and aquatic trails you can explore.

Great Smoky Mountains: Autumn in North Carolina and Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains is located right between Tennessee and North Carolina.  It ranks as the country’s national park that has the most visitors and holds as much as 100 kinds of trees that , no doubt, turn into magnificent autumn foliage during this season.  That’s why the so-called Smokies is the number one choice for autumn lovers and leaf watchers so expect heavy traffic when traveling here during the season.

Autumn in Ohio

Fear not, the state of Ohio does not suffer shortage of lush trees in time for the autumn fireworks.  There are hybrid varieties here called the “Prairie Torch” and the “Autumn Splendor” that turn into brilliant shades of gold, red, and orange during the fall season.  Apart from these hybrid types, there are about 125 kinds of trees here like the elm, red maple, and dogwood that are simply perfect for Halloween.  Of course, it’s not only the autumn foliage that is best loved here in Ohio during the fall season.  The awaiting fields of barley and corn are simply breathtaking.  You can experience all these by foot or by zipping through them in the Hocking Hills.

Washington County:  Autumn in Maine

New England is packed with loads of visitors during the fall season.  So if you’re one of those people who like to bask in solitude amidst the canopy of falling leaves, head to Washington County in Maine instead.  You’ll surely love the fact that lobster is abundant in this place and that the sunrise is just beyond words.  Blueberries are also famous in the area so if you’re a fan of blueberry cheesecakes and pies, you will surely love the food, the charm, the solitude, and the splendid fall foliage here.



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