As we leave Summer behind, the emergence of fall colors begins to surround us. We here at Western United Life thought to share some of our favorite destinations to experience outdoors during this beautiful time of year. Here’s our top 5 most beautiful destinations to experience Autumn in the U.S.
#5. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is situated in a relatively remote area of the Rocky Mountains along the Roaring Fork river. In recent years, it has become an extremely popular destination for skiing, as well as the location of many of America’s most sought after vacation homes. The town boasts fine dining and luxury hotels as well as more casual restaurants and hotel choices. Come here in September or October in order to avoid temperatures dipping below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and to see the beautiful fall colors that cover the surrounding mountains. For those who like to embrace the cold weather, visit in December or January and experience a true winter wonderland.
#4. Central Park, NY
For decades Central Park has served as one of the most unique places to experience the oncoming of autumn. In no other place on Earth can you see beautiful fall foliage juxtaposed against the never ending expanse of New York City’s skyscrapers. During these fall months, the park offers tours specifically intended to show participants the amazing changes in color amongst the vast variety of Central Park trees. The park is home to the Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Ginkgo, and American Elm trees, among many more. Enjoy a hot chocolate as you stroll along and enjoy the crisp weather in one of the world’s most historic parks.
#3. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River located in the Pacific Northwest. The river winds westward through the Cascade Mountain Range, forming the boundary between Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Eighty miles long, the gorge represents several climates. From its dry grasslands to its temperate rainforests, the gorge encompasses one of the most interesting places to visit during a change of seasons.
#2. Lake Superior
Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. The lake is shared by the province of Ontario, CA to the north, Minnesota to the west, and Wisconsin and Michigan to the south. While its waters may be close to freezing in the fall months, the wide variety of hiking trails that surround the lake offer great routes for people of all hiking ability to see the changing leaves set against the rocky cliffs and shores that line the lake.
#1. The Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
The Blue Ridge parkway is a national parkway and All-American road. It is America’s longest linear park, running for 469 miles through 29 counties of Virginia and North Carolina. It traverses through the Appalachian Mountains, with its southern tip located in the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers the chance to take one of the most beautiful drives imaginable, with plenty of places to park, have a picnic, take pictures, or hike on of the many trails that divert from the main roadway. Check out Looking Glass Rock for the view of a lifetime. The parkway is free to all non-commercial vehicles and welcomes all visitors to enjoy its amazing views, however, don’t visit too deep into Winter or it may be closed due to icy conditions.