Well, summer may be officially over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop vacationing, Autumn is when the fun starts. The kids are back in school and work is in full swing, which means one thing, time for another break, am I right? Why not enjoy in the splendor of North America’s greatest National Parks without all the pesky crowds and blistering heat. Plus, autumn is the time a year when the leaves change and the color pallets are spectacular, especially in these glorious National Parks.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
There is no better place to see the wonderful fall foliage than along Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. A short two-hour drive from our nation’s capital, Shenandoah, and Skyline drive are most popular between September and November for the breathtaking views of color changing leaves as far as the eyes can see. Skyline Drive runs along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains with views of waterfalls and the occasional wildlife.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
For people in the Pacific Northwest, you are already aware of the majesty of Mount airier, but the rest of us need to know. Just a short two-hour drive from Seattle, Mount Rainier looms large over the city’s skyline. This destination will be chilly but beautiful as you will have the hiking trails all to yourself. There are over 250 miles of hiking trails that take you to the mountain’s impressive heights.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
When we learned that the Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited National Park in the US, we had to find out why. Nine million people a year can’t be all wrong and when we saw for our selves, we understood. The autumn is just divine with an impressive array of fall foliage and the weather is just perfect. The hiking is great with well-manicured trails and waterfalls all over the place.
Arches National Park, Utah
Utah has some of the most diverse terrains and environments around and their National Parks are some of the best. Summers can be drainingly hot so avoid heat stroke and visit Arches in the Fall. The arches are really incredible and the nighttime celestial display of stars and planets are like nowhere else. Go for a horseback during the day and do some stargazing at night.
Acadia National Park, Maine
If fall foliage is what you desire, there is nowhere else on Earth that offers these incredible views. It is about a three-hour drive from Portland, Maine but the drive is well worth it if you seek the leaf. You will see all the colors of the rainbow as the leaves slowly die and fall to the forest floor.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
We all know about the geysers that erupt on a clock like a schedule but the crowds in the summer are terrible. Avoid the throngs of tourists and head to Yellowstone in the autumn. The wildlife in Yellowstone at this time is very active, so expect to see elk, moose and even bears.