From California to Maine, the trees are signaling adventure seekers—it’s time to start exploring the brilliant shades of fall foliage at these destinations.
California's Eastern Sierra and wine country regions are your best bet for stunning displays of fall foliage. These include areas around Bishop, Napa Valley, and Sonoma County.
Bishop Creek Canyon: Famous for its brilliant display of fall foliage, especially among the numerous aspen trees that line the canyon. The aspen groves turn shades of golden yellow, creating a breathtaking contrast against the backdrop of the rugged mountains.
Napa Valley: The best time to visit wine country in California is fall, when acres upon acres of grapevines display a range of brilliant green, ruby red, and dazzling copper colors. California’s native trees like maple, ginkgo biloba, and red oak are also on full display.
Big Bear Lake: Perfect weather combined with golden quaking aspens, big leaf maples, cottonwoods, black oaks, and willows bursting in a kaleidoscope of colors make this a magical time of year to visit the Big Bear Region.
While evergreens like Douglas firs and lodgepole pines dominate the landscape in The Pacific Northwest, there is no shortage of places to visit in Washington to see spectacular fall colors.
Dog Mountain: Dog Mountain, located on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge, is renowned for its vibrant fall foliage in autumn. Challenging hiking trails lead to the summit, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Columbia River.
North Cascades National Park: If you're looking for a scenic escape from the city buzz, come here to see the fall foliage that is simply breathtaking, surrounded by majestic mountains, clear lakes, and diverse plants.
Mount Rainier National Park: The park's diverse ecosystems, including old-growth forests and meadows, create a stunning canvas of colors during the fall season. We recommend hiking the 6.5-mile Skyline Trail Loop counterclockwise to avoid crowds. Check out the Naches Peak Loop Trail for a shorter hike, surrounded by vibrant autumn hues.
With more than 200 species of trees, you won't have to travel too far from home to see some excellent fall colors.
Shawnee National Forest: Explore the Lush Creek Wilderness Area, where you'll find wild and rugged terrain known for its challenging backpacking trails and secluded camping spots. And take advantage of the magnificent Garden of the Gods. Hike to the overlook for an unparalleled view of fall foliage throughout the expansive forest.
Pere Marquette State Park: The largest state park in Illinois is situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers; Pere Marquette Park is a haven for adventure-seekers. Multiple viewpoints overlook a sea of leaves changing into fall hues.
Golden yellows, rich reds, and vibrant oranges make autumn a colorful time in Georgia. Flowering dogwoods, sugar maples, and sweetgum trees will show off various colors in shades of yellow, red, orange, purple, and burgundy.
Amicalola Falls State Park: Nestled in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, this picturesque park is one of the best places to experience the vibrant fall foliage in Georgia. Hike to a stunning viewpoint to see cascading waterfalls surrounded by the fiery colors of the fall leaves.
Cloudland Canyon State Park: Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this park offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding forests ablaze with autumnal colors. To fully immerse yourself in fall's glamor, check out the camping facilities inside the park.
Storage Solutions for Every Outdoor Explorer
No matter where you find your favorite fall destination, it’s always helpful to have a place to store your gear while you’re away. StorQuest has locations across the United States that offer a wide range of features including drive-up units, lockers, large personal units, and even climate-controlled storage for sensitive equipment.