National Parks are known for their beauty whether that is desert landscapes or majestic mountains.   Perhaps the most beautiful time of the year to visit the National Parks is in the fall.   The cooler weather and changing colors of the leaves makes for a memorable visit in the National Parks.   The best National Parks to see the autumn foliage in my opinion are as follows:

Acadia National Park in Maine is gorgeous in the fall.   This park features Birch, Beech, Spruce, Oak, and Maple trees.   The panoramic views are best seen from Cadillac, Champlain, or Mansell Mountains in the park where you can see the fall colors against a backdrop of the dark blue Atlantic Ocean.

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Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has the best scenic drive to see Autumn colors.   The Skyline Drive travels for over a hundred miles across the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   This park features Chestnut, Red Oak, Birch, and Yellow Poplar trees.

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is one of the few National Parks in the west to feature fall foliage.  Here the Yellow Aspens reflected in the lakes with the Grand Tetons situated behind them make this park even more beautiful in the fall.

Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio is notable because it offers a railroad tour through the most beautiful parts of the park to see the changing colors of the leaves.   The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad allows you to relax in style while enjoying the Birch, Oak, Maple, Hemlock and Sycamore trees.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee has a later season of fall foliage due to being farther south.   Even into mid November you can see the striking colors of the Oaks, Sweetgum, Red Maple, and Hickory trees.

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