The best National Parks to visit in fall are places where prime season is leaf peeping season. The crisp, cool weather makes for some of the best hiking, backpacking, and camping. Plus, with school back in session and the busy vacation season over, you’re more likely to find some solitude in the most popular National Parks. Here’s a list of the best leaf-peeping National Parks for this fall season where the colors are about to explode. So get your camera from Buydig.com ready and the car packed for a National Park trip during the most beautiful season of the year.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The Tetons are bursting with color from September through October. During this season, male Elk will bugle and even spar with others to show their dominance. Catching this from a safe distance, at least 100 feet, is a really incredible thing to experience.
Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio
An entire month of different types of fall foliage in bloom easily puts Cuyahoga National Park on the list. Northeast Ohio’s National Park is one of the best to visit during the fall when its Sugar Maples have turned to bright red and the Sassafras is a perfect hue of deep, burnt orange. Hike the famous Brandywine Gorge Trail past Brandywine Falls for great photo ops of the full fall color spectrum.
Acadia National Park, Maine
New England is the leaf peeping capital of North America, which makes Maine’s Acadia National Park the crown jewel on this list. Primetime fall foliage hits around mid to late September and continues through October. Dress warm, bring layers and a camera from Buydig.com, of course, and head up to Mount Desert Island to see the colors and Cadillac Mountain for panoramic views.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
A National Park in Texas is a not-so-obvious choice for a hike through the fall colors but that’s what makes it even better. Visit McKittrick Canyon for some spectacular fall foliage that stands in contrast to the dry desert landscape of West Texas and New Mexico.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
It’s no surprise that the fall season is prime time for a visit to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. From the months of September through November, Shenandoah’s lush and varied landscape is bursting with color. Plus, if you’re traveling with your dog, Shenandoah has over 480 miles’ worth of scenic hiking trails for you and your pup.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
In the fall, Mount Rainier National Park is an unbelievably scenic picture of the season. Evergreen Conifers, golden yellow Larches, and crimson red Huckleberries light the region up with fall colors to make every hike a memorable experience. Need a few ideas? Check out Skyline Trail, Shriner Peak or Indian Henry’s via Kautz Creek to name a few.
Whether you prefer to drive through or hike through, these parks will prove unforgettable.