Every year the transition from Summer to Fall closes the chapter on another year of warmth and green foliage. October’s cooler temperatures start the gradual change to Fall, which culminates with stunning, vibrant colors displayed by the dozens of deciduous trees throughout the Northern United States.
I grew up in Florida, which is not known for any season other than Summer. For the majority of my life, I was accustomed to wearing shorts and flip flops for most of winter – only bundling up for 2-3 weeks when it was cold. The trees never shed their leaves, and the palm trees stayed green year-round.
My career and passion for exploring the world have given me the experiences of seeing nature’s big show transforming Summer into Fall. Some of the destinations I’ve visited look dramatically different just a few months apart, which showcases how amazing this planet is.
Anchorage Alaska is the farthest northern US-destination I’ve explored and is the starting point for everything fall; this destination’s fall foliage peaks in Mid-September and typically has snow on the ground by October.
Central Park, New York
Central Park is a peaceful backdrop in the heart of New York City. Even though this destination is one of the busiest places in the world, it’s a fantastic place to take fall foliage, peaking in early to mid-October.
The nation’s capital is home to lots of attractions, but the fall foliage that overtakes the lush landscape surrounding the capital and surrounding areas make this destination one of the best to visit.
Arlington National Cemetery is located just out of Washington D.C. and is home to a stunning display of colorful trees during fall. If you’re looking to get outside the city, a 60-minute drive to Front Royal in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains will immerse you into vibrant yellows, oranges and reds of the various types of trees. Peak colors usually happen in mid-November each year.