The falling leaves
Drift by my window
The autumn leaves
Of red and gold–Jo Stafford, “Autumn Leaves”, (1950)
Are you a faithful fan of fall foliage?
It’s that time of year again. Across America, the leaves are falling. Here are the best places to enjoy the famous fall foliage. Check out our favorite towns for checking out the full-color spectrum of the autumn leaves from blazing scarlet and orange to deep purple.
5. Ludlow, Vermont
Okemo Mountain and its ski resort are taken over by a bunch of ski bunnies once the snow falls. But before that happens, you can enjoy the 360-degree view of Okemo Valley to the east and the Green Mountains to the west from atop the 3,344-foot peak. Also try the fire tower, Coolidge State Park, and the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.
4. Stowe, Vermont
As Autumn falls, and the air crispens, the sugar maple trees burst forth in intense shades of red, orange, and gold, blanketing the surrounding Worcester and Green Mountain ranges. Between now and mid-October is the best time to visit. The Trapp Family Lodge (Yes, the same family “that inspired The Sound of Music”) is a great place to spend a weekend.
3. Stillwater, Maine
Situated on the western banks of the St. Croix River, dividing Wisconsin and Minnesota, Stillwater offers a unique way to experience all the local foliage. Insiders recommend taking the local river cruise on a faux-1890s paddleboat. Visitors are also encouraged to check out the yearly grape stomp competition, which reportedly culminates in the popular fine-art and music festival.
2. Lake Placid, New York
The village of Lake Placid, ensconced in the Adirondack Mountains, is famous for fall foliage. The aspen, beech, birch, oak, and red and silver maples on the popular Olympic Trail scenic byway (which actually cuts through Lake Placid) present 170 miles of colorful autumnal offerings. Don’t feel like hiking? Take the Fall Foliage Train tour on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Hit it in mid-October and you might also make the Lake Placid Brewfest.
1. Oakland, Maryland
Just nine miles north of town is Swallow Falls State Park. The 360+ years old stands of white pine and eastern hemlock and white pine leaves a blanket of red, orange, gold and eternal green on the land. You can also experience the five-day Autumn Glory Festival which features battling band, concerts and a pair of parades.