Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Foliage You'll Fall in Love With

One great thing about our beautiful country is that we have the freedom to go wherever we want, whenever we want. It's like the song says “This land is your land, this land is my land” and if you live in a state that doesn’t get to see much fall foliage (ahem...Florida) why not pack up your RV and head out to somewhere you can witness the colorful miracle that is the Autumn changing of the leaves?  To make the trip even sweeter, how about a visit to some of the most amazing national parks the good ol' USA has to offer! Here are some of the prime parks you won't want to miss this Fall:
1. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - Peak colors expected middle to end of October. On October 18, a hiking event to Whiskeytown Falls offer a perfect way to view the foliage during the peak season.
2. Curecanti National Recreational Area - Peak colors begin in late September and run through the end of October.
3. Natchez Trace Parkway - In middle to late October, the maple, hickory, oak and other hardwood trees begin to change colors.
4. Glacier National Park - The bright yellow and gold colors on the aspen and larch trees run through mid-October covering the trails around the park, but particularly along Summit Trail. For more information on the best trails to see colors or view photos of the fall colors, visit Glacier’s Facebook page.
5. Flight 93 National Memorial - The trees across the Flight 93 National Memorial begin to turn around mid-October. Check out the Honor Flight webcam today to find instant inspiration for a trip to the site or to take a virtual fall foliage tour.
6. Great Smokey Mountains National Park - The Great Smokey Mountains boast over 130 different tree species, many of which  produce breathtaking Autumnal colors. Peak foliage viewing depends greatly on the various levels of elevation found within the park, but overall, the Smokies’ foliage shows run from late September through October.
7. Zion National Park - Peak foliage colors appear at the end of October and into the first few days of November.
8. Shenandoah National Park - Peak colors in the upper elevations begin early to mid-October with lower elevations peaking at the end of October into November.
9. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park - Rich with sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, this site boasts outstanding fall foliage each year.  This year’s prime viewing is expected from mid-October through early November.
10. Apostles Islands National Lakeshore - Peak foliage viewing various depending on inland or coastal location, however the foliage show runs from late September through October.  Additionally, many bird species are migrating through the park right now, so foliage seekers get an extra show from Mother Nature.

Special thanks to the National Park Foundation for providing us with this amazing list of parks, and their prime time for Autumnal viewing! Remember to share your stories and pictures either by submitting your story or on our Facebook wall.

Happy RV’ing!

1 comment:

  1. that is an amazing picture of the leaves and trees,i love it.