Ahhhh…summer is over and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes and fresh apple pie is in the air. With a cold snap last week here on the east coast, some of us already have falling leaves, too. Speaking of leaves, I’d love to share with you my favorite viewing spots for fall foliage.
- Maine and Vermont have nothing on a small neighboring town to where I live here in NJ. I drive through the beautiful and quaint town of Haddonfield almost daily and can honestly say they have the reddest, most colorful leaves that I’ve ever seen here. The streets are lined with hundred year old oaks, maples and sycamores, making for a shade tree paradise in summer and gorgeous foliage in the fall.
- This may be a surprise to some people, but you can’t beat the vivid, golden yellow leaves in the aspen groves of Colorado. Some of the best autumn tree viewing is right in the heart of the Rockies. And since aspen trees are some of the biggest living organisms in the world, (the groves are actually all one organism which is why they don’t last long transplanted) the groves stretch for acres upon acres, rustling a symphony of papery leaves.
- There are maps and trip planners for the die-hard fall foliage enthusiasts. With trips stretching from the Smoky Mountains to the tip of Maine, it’s not hard to find gorgeous spots along the eastern seaboard. According to the Travel Channel, Vermont is the number one place to see the changing leaves. Vermont is a smaller state with a modest population meaning there’s much more open space and forests full of colorful trees which makes sense why it’s the #1 place.
- Downtown Philadelphia boasts some amazing trees which line the Ben Franklin parkway, making it an urban paradise.
- Colors are already changing in upstate NY in the higher elevations according to the IloveNY website. The Adirondacks and the Catskills will be the first areas to change, so making your travel plans sooner than later would be a great idea!
According to the weather reports, this year should boast some of the best color we’ve had in a while. The wet summer we had here on the east coast will also mean the color will stay around a little longer than usual, too. I’m looking forward to doing my own tree gawking very soon!