HAPPENINGS / Fall Foliage

WHEN

Annually between September – November, typically reaching peak colors in October.

WHERE

Across the United States (and elsewhere, of course).

Some of the most classic, postcard views (covered bridges, rolling hills, babbling brooks, white colonial houses with black shutters) for this season can be found in New England. Check out, for example, the following potential road trips:

  • Vermont (Green Mountain National Forest – Green Mountain Byway, Middlebury Gap Road)
  • New Hampshire (White Mountains – Kancamagus Highway)
  • Massachusetts (Berkshires – Mohawk Trail)
  • Connecticut (Connecticut River Valley – Route 9)

Farther south, the Blue Ridge Parkway (through Virginia and North Carolina) also offers excellent viewing opportunities.

WHO

Trees.

WHAT

Thousands of leaves change colors as trees cease food-making processes in anticipation of winter and chlorophyll — which makes leaves green — breaks down.

WHY

The sight of a once-green landscape awash in vibrant reds and oranges is not one you will soon forget. A walk in the woods or a quiet drive to admire the leaves makes for the perfect fall activity (paired with plenty of apple- and pumpkin-related treats) as well as a prime opportunity to reflect on the passage of time and the way nature continues to renew itself, year after year.

📷 : Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA / September 2012


A handy fall foliage map

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