If you live in the South or in a big city that doesn’t often experience beautiful fall foliage, this season is a great time to explore some of the natural beauty of regions of the country where the changing colors of leaves makes everything more vibrant and lively despite the chilly weather. No matter how many symbols of fall may be around you–from pumpkin patches to fireplaces–nothing captures the spirit of the season quite like the burst of gold, red and orange on the trees and crunchy brown leaves underfoot. Although most regions experience some sort of change during this season, the following five destinations offer the most noteworthy scenery that is inarguably worth the trip!
Michigan may be a bit colder than other potential destinations, but the lower temperatures are definitely worth it when you choose Tahquamenon Falls to experience nature at its absolute finest. Tahquamenon Falls are located in the rugged and pristine upper peninsula of the state. These gorgeous and powerful falls are framed by the blazing colors of orange and red leaves that creates a beautiful contrast and an inspiring effect.
The Catskills-New York
Located just a couple of hours away from The Big Apple, The Catskills and Hudson Valley regions of New York feature such a primitive masterpiece of natural beauty, you’ll forget you’re anywhere near civilization. The season of changing colors lasts approximately six weeks, with varying shades of greens, reds and yellows complementing one another to create a peaceful, colorful atmosphere that looks like it came right out of a postcard.
It doesn’t get more “New England” than Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, which features quiet, charming surroundings of antique shops, country-style inns and plenty of biking and hiking trails to allow visitors to explore the unique beauty of its fall foliage. You can even view these gorgeous bursts of olive, yellow and red from an aerial view in a hot air balloon, which is a favorite experience for tourists and locals alike.
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Wisconsin
For a view that might very literally take your breath away, Kettle Moraine State Park offers some of the most entrancing fall foliage scenes in the entire country. Located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee, the park features an astounding 30,000 acres of grasslands, hills, forests and lakes. Each of these settings makes the colors of fall even more dynamic and contributes to a more holistic autumn experience.
The Great Smoky Mountains-North Carolina/Tennessee
Right along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee are the famous Great Smoky Mountains, which have earned their reputation as a must-see natural site with the colorful texture they develop during the fall season. Luminous shades of orange, crimson and rich purple decorate the 100 species of native trees that cover the mountain, creating a picturesque scene that evolves into a new breathtaking image at every distance.
Traveling to these natural destinations may seem safer than a city trip, but actually you never know what could happen while exploring tall mountains and expansive woodlands. To protect yourself along the way, travel insurance is essential for both ensuring the smoothness of your flight and your safety once you arrive. This small expense will be virtually unnoticeable in your travel budget, and will give you the peace of mind you need to truly enjoy the relaxing oasis of these natural settings.