A Drive through the Colors of Fall
Great places to visit to see the best fall foliage
If you are like me one of the things that I absolutely love to do is to take long drives in the fall.
The colors in the trees along with the beauty of nature is just so visually appealing this time of year. I love the cool crisp feel to the temperature. A hint of the coming winter cold.
The colorful leaves that cover the ground are like a warm blanket covering mother earth as she prepares for the winter.
Fall feels like comfort...like home. For some reason it gives us a warm feeling as the color of the trees and bushes light on fire.
Some of the most beautiful places to visit in the fall our the National Parks.
Lets take a virtual drive together through some of our National Parks, our thanks to the wonderful photographers that have shared their beauty with us.
Photo credit: Introduction image is by Photographer Andrew Hund, showing the Fall Colors in Rocky Mountain National Park
The Blue Ridge Parkway - Photo credit: Photographer Jon Publik
Awesome day for driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway as the colors are bursting forth giving an array reds and oranges. by Jon Publik
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park near Waynesboro, VA (Milepost 0) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, NC (Milepost 469). There are entrances and exits at all major federal and state highways and part of a Parkway experience is getting into the towns and communities of the region. Asheville and Boone, NC and Roanoke, VA are the largest cities along the way. In Virginia, Interstates 64, 81, and 77 all have directions for accessing the Parkway. The same is true for Interstates 40 and 26 in North Carolina.
Blue Ridge Parkway - Photo by Photographer Kevin Citta
Did you know?
The Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, and the Monacan, Saponi, and Tutelo Indians of western Virginia, were among the earliest inhabitants of the Blue Ridge, leaving artifacts and changes in the landscape as evidence of their existence.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - Photographer Jon Publik
Enjoyed Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, while experiencing the play of light through the woods he once walked during the fall season.
Carl Sandburg spent a lifetime exploring what it meant to be an American and asked the eternal questions, "Who am I, where am I going and where have I been?"
Cherokee National Forest - Bald River Falls - Photo credit: Photographer Lisa Standridge Campbell
Lisa Standridge Campbell Bald river falls, Cherokee National Forest
The Cherokee Indians, a branch of the Iroquois nation, can trace their history in this region back more than a thousand years. Originally their society was based on hunting, trading, and agriculture. By the time European explorers and traders arrived, Cherokee lands covered a large part of what is now the southeastern United States.
Colorado Aspens - Photo credit: Photographer Bob Gloor
Did you know?
The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. - Photo credit: Photographer Clint Hadden
What can you see in Cumberland Gap?
Scenic vistas, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests excite the senses and provide the opportunity to experience the Southern Appalachians up close. The forests and streams of the mountains provide habitat for numerous species of plants and animals.
85 miles of trails and numerous scenic areas provide the opportunity to explore the great outdoors!
Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Photo credit: by photographer Jacob Lias
The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park! by Jacob Lias
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Twenty-two miles of the Cuyahoga River wind and weave through the Cuyahoga Valley, forming the backbone of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Deep Creek Falls, Bryson City, NC - Photo by Photographer Stacy M Brown Ziontz
Denali National Park - Fall Colors - Photo by Photographer David Broome
Fall Colors in Denali National Park
Did you know?
Denali is well-known for its diversity of wildlife. There are 39 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, 10 species of fish, and one species of amphibian known in Denali. There are no reptiles recorded in Denali. Animal life and activity in Denali is dictated by the seasons.
What a beautiful season Fall is in Denali!
Denali National Park - Photo by Janet Tangney
Fall colors of the tundra at Denali National Park
Glacier National Park Avalanche Lake - Photo by photographer Stephan Ferry
Fall on Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park - Photo by Stephan Ferry
Did you know?
That Glacier National park has over 700 miles of trails!
They call it the hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude.
But I have to say it looks like a beautiful place to drive through in the fall too!
Glacier National Park - Lake McDonald - Photo by Photographer Stephan Ferry
Fall on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park
Grand Canyon - North Rim - Photo credit - Photographer Paul Doan
Did you know?
The oldest human artifacts found in the Grand Canyon are nearly 12,000 years old and date to the Paleo-Indian period. There has been continuous use and occupation of the park since that time.
The Grand Canyon North Rim - colored for fall - Photo credit: Photographer John Fischer
Grand Canyon National Park, north rim - Photo credit: Photographer Steven Huizar
Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. - Photo credit: Taken October 2010. by Photographer Jeff Wagner
Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Did you know?
That in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that there is Towering above Lake Superior are, the multicolored sandstone cliffs for which the lakeshore is named.
Grand Teton National Park - Photo credit: Photographer Patrick Oglesby
Sunrise at Schwabacher's Landing, Grand Teton National Park 2011 by Patrick Oglesby
Grand Tetons National Park - Photo credit: Photographer Paul Callens
Grand Teton National Park
Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife.
Grand Teton National Park, taken while hiking Hermitage Point - Photo credit: by Photographer Sarah Kellogg
Grand Teton National Park - Photo by Photographer Barbara King Abrams
Grand Teton National Park taken last week. Most of the Aspen trees were putting on a show. by Barbara King Abrams
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the fall - Photo credit: Photographer Barbara Shenefield Daniel
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: by photographer Bob Gloor
Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Bob Gloor
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: Photographer Dawn Alicia
Great Smoky Mountains National Park on October 21, 2011. by Dawn Alicia
Great Smoky Mountain National Park. - Photo credit by Photographer Tiffany Brown Fuqua
Grotto Falls; Great Smoky Mtn. National Park. The leaves are just beginning to change there! by Tiffany Brown Fuqua
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Photo credit: Photographer Matt Buckner
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Fall 2010 by Matt Buckner
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. - Photo credit: Photographer Jennifer Jacob
Colorful fall trees reflected in a calm area of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jennifer wrote that she calls this her "Mountain Monet".
Which is your favorite National Park?
Which is your favorite National Park?
Harpers Ferry National Park - Photo credit: by Photographer Jim Floyd
Harpers Ferry National Park, November 2010 by Jim Floyd
Maroon Bells Aspen, CO Absolutely Breathtaking - Photo credit Photographer Andrea Wolfe
Maroon Bells Aspen, CO Absolutely Breathtaking
Mesa Verde National Park - Spruce Tree House, - Photo credit: Photographer Gene Balzer
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park by Gene Balzer
Nantahala National Forest. - Photo credit: Photographer Gary Bishop
Fall colors of the Nantahala National Forest.
Oak Creek Canyon is Sedona, Arizona - Photo credit: Photographer by Bob Gloor
Autumn comes to Oak Creek Canyon is Sedona, Arizona
Oil Region National Heritage Area, Venango County, PA. - Photo credit: by Photographer Deb Frawley
This is along the Sandy Creek Trail within the Oil Region National Heritage Area, Venango County, PA. by Deb Frawley
Pisgah National Forest - Photo by photographer Brian Young
Photo by Brian Young who says Took a trip to Linville Falls Linville Gorge located within in the Pisgah National Forest over the weekend
Rocky Mountain National park - Aspen Grove - Photo credit: Photographer Justin Hess
The Rocky Mountain National Park has lush valleys filled with bright colors to tall craggy peaks, what an amazing visual experience it must be to visit it in the fall with the brightly lit foliage.
The grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.
Rocky Mountain National Park - Photo credit: Photographer Brenda Norwood Turley
San Juan National Forest, Aspens on fire with gold - Photo by Photographer Kit Frost
San Juan National Forest, Aspens on fire with gold by Kit Frost
Sequoia National Park. - Photo credit: Photographer Jennifer Hopper
Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. September 2011. by Jennifer Hopper
Sheraandoah national park - Photo credit: Photographer Judy Amy Hagemann
Shenandoah National Park- Skyline Drive - Photo credit: photographer Larry Patterson
Shenandoah National Park- Skyline Drive, on 10112011. In my opinion, this was the peak time along the Drive itself. by Larry Patterson
Valley Forge - Photo credit: photographer Jeff Oates
Yellowstone National Park Gibbon Falls - Photo credit: Photographer Patrick N. Ogles
Patrick N. Oglesby Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National park, lower falls - Photo credit: Photographer Steven Huizar
Zion National Park in the Fall - Photo Credit: Photographer Charles Bame
Near Lower Emerald Pool, Zion NP by Charles Bame
References used creating this page - Learn more about your National Parks here
- U.S. National Park Service - Experience Your America
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
- National Park Foundation - Non-Profit Organization - Washington | Facebook
National Park Foundation - The National Park Foundation helps connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join Us @ - Mission: The mission of the National Park Foundation i
I hope you have enjoyed these beautiful fall photos from some of our National parks.
Please note that all of the above photos were from a public domain and have been attributed to the person submitting them. If you would like to share your own fall photo taken at a National park, please submit a link with your comment below.
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