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A Drive through the Colors of Fall

Updated on August 23, 2017
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

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
Awesome day for driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway as the colors are bursting forth giving an array reds and oranges. by 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

Blue Ridge Parkway by Kevin Citta
Blue Ridge Parkway by 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. by 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. by 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
Lisa Standridge Campbell Bald river falls, Cherokee National Forest

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

Bob Gloor
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

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. by Clint Hadden
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. by 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
The Towpath in Cuyahoga Valley National Park! by 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

Deep Creek Falls, Bryson City, NC by Stacy M Brown Ziontz
Deep Creek Falls, Bryson City, NC by Stacy M Brown Ziontz

Denali National Park - Fall Colors - Photo by Photographer David Broome

Fall Colors in Denali National Par by David Broome
Fall Colors in Denali National Par by 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 by Janet Tangney
Fall colors of the tundra at Denali National Park 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 by Stephan Ferry
Fall on Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park by 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 by Stephan Ferry
Fall on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park by Stephan Ferry

Fall on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Grand Canyon - North Rim - Photo credit - Photographer Paul Doan

Grand Canyon - North Rim by Paul Doan
Grand Canyon - North Rim by 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

John Fischer Photography fall colors on the north rim Oct 2011
John Fischer Photography fall colors on the north rim Oct 2011

Grand Canyon National Park, north rim - Photo credit: Photographer Steven Huizar

Grand Canyon National Park, north rim Steven Huizar
Grand Canyon National Park, north rim 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. October 2010. by Jeff Wagner
Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. October 2010. by 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 Tetons National Park by Paul Callens
Grand Tetons National Park by 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, taken while hiking Hermitage Point last Wednesday. by Sarah Kellogg
Grand Teton National Park, taken while hiking Hermitage Point last Wednesday. by 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
Grand Teton National Park taken last week. Most of the Aspen trees were putting on a show. by 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

Barbara Shenefield Daniel  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Barbara Shenefield Daniel The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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 by 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 Mountains National Park on October 21, 2011. by 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
Grotto Falls; Great Smoky Mtn. National Park. The leaves are just beginning to change there! by 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 - Fall 2010 by 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. I call this my Mountain Monet. by Jennifer Jacob
Colorful fall trees reflected in a calm area of Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I call this my Mountain Monet. by 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
Harpers Ferry National Park, November 2010 by 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
Maroon Bells Aspen, CO Absolutely Breathtaking

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
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park by Gene Balzer

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park by Gene Balzer

Nantahala National Forest. - Photo credit: Photographer Gary Bishop

Gary Bishop of Nantahala National Forest.
Gary Bishop of Nantahala National Forest.

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. by Bob Gloor
Autumn comes to Oak Creek Canyon is Sedona, Arizona. 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
This is along the Sandy Creek Trail within the Oil Region National Heritage Area, Venango County, PA. by 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
Photo by Brian Young who says Took a trip to Linville Falls Linville Gorge located within in the Pisgah National Forest over the weekend

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

Aspen Grove Rocky Mountain National Park by Justin Hess
Aspen Grove Rocky Mountain National Park by 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

Rocky Mountain National Parke by Brenda Norwood Turley
Rocky Mountain National Parke by 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
San Juan National Forest, Aspens on fire with gold by 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
Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. September 2011. by Jennifer Hopper

Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. September 2011. by Jennifer Hopper

Sheraandoah national park - Photo credit: Photographer Judy Amy Hagemann

Judy Amy Hagemann Sheraandoah national park
Judy Amy Hagemann Sheraandoah national park

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
Shenandoah National Park- Skyline Drive, on 10112011. In my opinion, this was the peak time along the Drive itself. by 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

Jeff Oates at Valley Forge
Jeff Oates at Valley Forge

Yellowstone National Park Gibbon Falls - Photo credit: Photographer Patrick N. Ogles

Patrick N. Oglesby Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone
Patrick N. Oglesby Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone

Patrick N. Oglesby Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National park, lower falls - Photo credit: Photographer Steven Huizar

Steven Huizar Yellowstone National park, lower falls
Steven Huizar Yellowstone National park, lower falls

Zion National Park in the Fall - Photo Credit: Photographer Charles Bame

Near Lower Emerald Pool, Zion NP by Charles Bame
Near Lower Emerald Pool, Zion NP by Charles Bame

Near Lower Emerald Pool, Zion NP by Charles Bame

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.

Any photographers wishing their photo's removed please make a note below. I do review all comments and links before making them public.

Thank you again for visiting.

Thank you for visiting - Happy Fall to you

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      zarina-zakaria-5205 3 years ago

      I can't wait to see and experience them all! I'm going to be in New England as well as NYC, Washington DC and Virginia this October. Thanks for these lovely pictures. It's such a joy just viewing them :))

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Beautiful! I enjoyed the armchair tour. We have so many treasures in our national parks. I love them all!

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      My what a beautiful country we have. I drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the spring; too bad I was too carsick to enjoy it. I was glad to see the photo of the Grand Island East Channel lighthouse. Proves that the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has some of the best fall colors! Awesome lens.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Only in America! Enjoyed the drive and seeing the fantastic fall photos showing Mother Nature in one of her many splendors. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely! Thank you!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens with the beautiful photos.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Awesome-Blessed

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Thank you for compiling all these stunning photos ... nicely done! Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful and blessed.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thank you for this encyclopedic lens of fall views! Blessed!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Lovely, I know I have a picture we've taken of Maroon Bells somewhere, and of course Rocky Mountain Natl. Park, but not in the fall...those are two, at least, of the places I've been when visiting my husband's home State.