Summer isn’t the only time you can visit national parks. In fact, autumn has its own way of rewarding visitors through the stunning spectacle of fall color amplifying the beauty of their respective landscapes. Active wildlife, cooler weather and fewer crowds are a great bonus.
Here are 10 of the most beautiful and incredible national parks you must visit this fall.
Denali National Park, Alaska
The best time to visit the Denali National Park in Alaska is during the fall season, though most visitors come in summer. Fall season shows the most dramatic beauty of the park. Aside from the fact that there is less number of people, fall shows you the majestic snow-capped mountains and the tundra is set ablaze by the gorgeous reds.
Glacier National Park, Montana
The advantages of visiting Glacier National Park in fall include fewer visitors, more active wildlife, and the vibrant colors of trees. The park’s trees on the west side start changing colors in mid-September. Those on the east side start at the end of September to the beginning of October.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Mid-October is the peak time for the beautiful colors in the park. But aside from the radiant colors of the trees, the Acadia National Park is also best for much more. The park is known to be an excellent place for bird-watchers to spot spring warblers, sea ducks, and some migrating birds.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park turns into a magical place in fall. The deciduous trees become yellow and orange. Other attractions are some sparring matches between dominant male elks attracting the females. Fall turns out to be the breeding season for deer species. Their eerie sounds are dominating the nights at the Grand Teton.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
From mid-October to early November is the best time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is this time that the diversity of trees from the higher to the lower elevations are at their peak of color variations. Visitors may drive the Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Foothills Parkway to see the beauty of the park.
Mt. Rainer National Park, Washington
Mt. Rainer National Park features one of the most majestic volcanoes in the world, Mt. Rainer is an icon to the landscape of Washington. The best time to visit is between mid-October to November when yellows and oranges cover the landscape. Best color displays are at Sunrise and Chinook Pass, the Paradise area, Reflection Lakes, Bench and Snow Lake and the Grove of the Patriarchs.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Fall is still the best time to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It is the time of clear blue skies, crisp air, and active wildlife. Visitors will enjoy the beautiful display of colors from the higher to lower elevations. Also, elk bugling richly is available from mid-September to mid-October. There are also some head-butting presentations for the visitors courtesy of bighorn sheep.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Visitors may join the annual Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival for a better viewing of the park during fall. They may also enjoy it through hiking trails or guided horseback riding. The National Park changes its colors to bright golds, yellows, and reds each fall. The peak of these color variations happen during the last half of October.
Yosemite National Park, California
The Yosemite National Park offers a long display of fall colors displaying from mid-October until early December. Big-leaf maples, black oaks, Pacific dogwoods, and other deciduous trees are some of the species becoming showy during the fall. The park is open through October with short-term closures until November.
Zion National Park, Utah
The first national park of Utah has a long fall color display extending from September to November. Sunrise and sunset transform Zion’s rocks a fiery red-gold color.