It’s fall y’all.
Basic bitches are coming out from hiding, looking for their next Pumpkin Spice, yoga pants, UGG boot fix. Bunch of feens if you ask me 😉 I am probably the only girl who hates pumpkin anything.
This time of year is extra special though because the weather is amazing and you can start shaving your legs less. But my absolute favorite thing?? Fall Foliage. The changing of the leaves…the crisp air as you drive through mountains or countrysides. It’s like Mother Nature’s way of saying sorry for making you sweat your balls off all summer long.
So I decided to put together my list of places I would love to see or have seen the best colors to get you in that overindulgent Fall spirit!
When to go: 3rd and 4th week of September
Trees & colors you’ll see: Groves of Aspens (yellow-goldish)
Best views: Maroon Bells, Crater Lake
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
When to go: End of September to late October
Trees & colors you’ll see: The Dogwood, Sourwood and Black Gum trees all embody a (deep red hue) Poplars and Hickories (bright yellow) Maple (reddish) Sassafrass (orange) Oak (deep red to brown)
Best views: The whole route
This is a highway rather than just a place. I had such a hard time deciding that I figured I would just incorporate a long scenic drive rather than 6 cities along the route. You can start in Virginia at Shenandoah National Park, near Waynesboro. This will be milepost 0. Taking the drive all the way to milepost 469, it will end at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, North Carolina. What an amazing road trip.
(source: Blue Ridge Parkway)
When to go: Mid October to November
Trees & colors you’ll see: Sycamore (burnt golden orange) English Oak (bright orange) Salem Willows (green and orange)
Best views: Salem streets since they are lined with beautiful trees, kind of spooky too during the month of October
Lake Tahoe, California
When to go: Late October to November
Trees & colors you’ll see: Sugar Pine, Jeffery Pine, White Fir (all evergreen)
Best views: North Shore Road, Hope Valley, Bonanza Meadow
(source: Hope Valley)
When to go: Mid September until early November
Trees & colors you’ll see: Yellow Birch, Red Maple, Hickories (bright yellow), Sweetgum (reddish purple)
Best views: Clingman’s Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Ozark Mountains, Arkansas
When to go: late October to early November
Trees & colors you’ll see: Beech (orange) , Ash (yellow and magenta), Hackberry (burnt orange)
Best views: Glade Top Trail, Blanchard Spring Caverns
(source: Ozark Mountains)
Glacier National Park, Montana
When to go: Early October
Trees & colors you’ll see: Maples (hues of red, orange and yellow) Larch and Aspen (bright yellows and gold)
Best views: St. Mary Lake, Two Medicine Lake
(source: Two Medicine)
When to go: Early October until Early November
Trees & colors you’ll see: Big Leaf Maples (yellow) White Oak (reddish)
Best views: Japanese Gardens
(source: Japanese Gardens)
To avoid the leaves being washed out by the sun, try taking foliage pictures in the morning or evening unless it’s overcast during the day. Can’t have Mother Nature ruining an Instagram worthy picture now can we?
Did you know that you can enhance the changing colors by wearing polarized sunglasses?
Instead of taking a picture head on, sit on the ground and take it so the trees sway up against the blue sky, it will make them stand out more.
If you plan on hiking to get a better view, grab some fallen leaves on your way and scatter them around a waterfall or something similar to make the scenery pop!
Use a lake as a mirror to get a different perspective.
Okay seriously it was hard to choose what cities look amazing in fall because they ALL do. No wonder it is almost everyone’s favorite time of year. Just puts me in the spirit of not being a grumpy bitch all the time,
mainly because I shove my face with cinnamon rolls until I explode.
You know the beauty of blogging?? While I was writing and researching for this post, I inspired myself to go visit one of these cities- Salem, Massachusetts! I am my own worst enemy with planning too many things at once but dammit, I wanna experience the world! I have only been to half of these places so why not check off one more right?? RIGHT?? See I knew you would agree. Get out there and enjoy this fall season, it won’t last long. And by all means, don’t spend too much time behind your phone, no picture ever truly captures the moment.
Now it’s your turn! Where do you live and does it look like this in the fall??? What cities am I leaving out? Okay, I’ll start…
I live in northern Atlanta, GA and yes! The mountains are only an hour away and its stunning. Your turn!!!
Xoxo Bonvoyage Bitches