Fall leaves are iconic, something we all see as an immediate sign of autumn. The changing colors of the leaves in the United States are beautiful and romantic, signs that cooler temperatures and cozy nights are coming. Not only are these places absolutely stunning, but they are also perfect places to visit with your dog. There are many places throughout the country where you can see the best fall colors allowing you and your pooch to hike without the hot summer sun beating down.
Here are some of the best places to see fall leaves throughout the United States and spend some wonderful time with your dog.
All of New England has beautiful changing leaves, but there's something about Vermont that has a wonderful charm and magic to it. The rolling hills are full of wooded areas with diverse foliage that change to immensely bright colors in the fall, resulting in entire mountains worth of bright, beautiful color. Take a drive through the state to see stunning color as well as the area's classic New England towns.
If your looking for the best hiking trails in Vermont to explore with your furry friend, consider visiting Sterling Pond Trail at Smugglers Notch, Stowe Pinnacle, Waterbury Trail to the summit of Mount Hunger, Libby’s Outlook in West Bolton, and Mount Philo in Charlotte.
Many people don't realize that Arkansas is one of the most beautiful states in the country. The Ozark national forest is home to a huge range of fall leaves in a completely natural area. The scenery is stunning, with jutting rock formations and soothing rivers. It's a good place to truly experience natural beauty, and there's plenty of hiking and camping opportunities here that are perfect for dog owners. To take advantage of Arkansas peak display of colors try visiting between late October and mid-November.
Oregon and the Pacific Northwest in general are known for their wet and stormy weather. The precipitation that the state receives throughout the year, however, makes it ideal for great fall foliage. The bright colors are the perfect juxtaposition to the gloomy weather. To really make the most of the fall leaves, try going on one of the state's incredible waterfall hikes such as Punchbowl Falls, Toketee Falls, Abiqua Falls, or Multnomah Falls. Of course, we have to mention Puppy Lookout at Dog Mountain! Although this trail is technically in Washington it’s literally right across the Columbia River and makes for a pretty epic hike so load up your dog and pack everything you’ll need including food, water, runners belt, and a first aid kit. This is one you won’t want to miss!
If you are looking to see autumn colors in an accessible area, try going to Pennsylvania. The state has many places where you can see fall foliage at its finest, but the Poconos forest stands out in terms of how bright the leaves get. Pennsylvania is a short drive from many east coast cities as well as many Midwestern states as well, so you can experience fall foliage without having to go very far which works out great if you’re bringing your pooch along for the adventure.
While most of Colorado isn't known for its fall foliage, there's one mountain town that makes up for it: Aspen. As the name would suggest, the town is home to beautiful trees that create a magical atmosphere when combined with the incredible mountain scenery. While the area gets crowded during the winter with skiers, going during the fall is a great time to experience it without the crowds. The town is charming, and there's plenty to do regardless of what season you visit! Visiting between September 1st and October 1st will ensure that you get a good dose of fall color. Additionally, there’s all kinds of fall trails, events, and fresh seasonal local produce you can enjoy with your best furry friend.
These are just a few of the many amazing places to see fall leaves throughout the United States. With so many great places to choose from, you can see the best fall colors without going very far. You can also experience many unique, special places while checking out fall foliage. A fall colors excursion is a great weekend getaway to take with your dog during September, October, and November, before the cold really hits!
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