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Fall foliage in national parks

Don’t look now, but Denali National Park in Alaska is already glowing with autumn color. Mount Rainier National Park in Washington is getting into the act, too, its vine maples ablaze with crimson red. Even lower-elevation parks such as Voyageurs in Minnesota are starting to turn up the color.

What can you expect in the way of fall foliage at 14 national parks? A new slide show on Bing Travel provides guidance. Discover when foliage is at its best in places such as Acadia National Park in Maine, Yosemite National Park in California and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. You’ll also get tips on when colors peak at certain elevations and what kind of trees will deliver the goods.

What’s your favorite national park for viewing fall foliage? Share your thoughts with other travelers in the comments section.


  • My favorite place too view the Fall colors and frankly I'm surprised it didn't make the list is The Grand Tetons. It is absolutely breathtaking.

  • It is a National Monument, rather than a National Park, but Effigy Mounds in northeastern Iowa, on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is magnificent in the fall. And there are two wonderful state parks nearby, Pike's Peak in Iowa and Wyalusing across the river in Wisconsin.

  • seriously, you guys ALWAYS seem to miss isle royale national park in lake superior! absolutely breathtaking in the fall, along with the keweenaw peninsula where you catch the boat for the isle....

  • My favorite places to view Fall foliage are both in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along Lake Superior is just gorgeous and besides the beautiful trees, there is a lovely waterfall, beaytiful beaches and lots of nice hiking trails.  A drive through the "Copper Country", the tip that extends far out into Lake Superior is also a must for enjoying the Fall colors. Lots of interesting historical spots along the way include Fort Wilkins and the entire town of Calumet (where copper was "king" back in the 1800s) make this a great weekend drive. If you haven't visited the Upper Peninsula of Michigan you have really missed a fantastic vacation destination!

  • PikeVille TN! It is gorgeous and a panaramic view!

  • The Adirondack Park in Upstate NY----Perfection on Earth

  • yeah, Isle Royale NP beats all of these by a country mile.

  • Hi... I think one of the most beautiful places is Michigan's Upper Peninsula... The Les Cheneaux area is absolutely beautiful  and it's empty! ... most everyone has already gone south with the kids for school  school or college and it's quiet and things have slowed down...There are roads around here where the hardwood tree branches mingle over the center line and one can drive right through a colorful tunnel!

  • Thanks for the great article on The Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- and we can verify that the leaves are beginning to change on the Gatlinburg side of the Smoky Mountains.  For example:


  • All of our parks show off God's marvelous creation.One close look at any Maple tree in the fall leaves me spellbound.

  • Michigans U.P. eh?

  • Mt. Washington Valley, NH

  • white mountains in new hampshire

  • Shenandoah Mountains in the Fall are a beautiful sight and wonder of creation.  Don't miss out on the Autumn harvest of apples and assorted fruits at roadside stands.  What a bounty!

  • New Hampshire and Vermont have the most dazzling display of colors in our country. Try the Kangamangus Scenic Byway which cuts through the White Mountain National Forest from Conway to North Woodstock in NH. This stretch offers camping, hiking, cross country skiing and more. If you think somewhere else is more beautiful in the fall, then you just haven't been to New Hampshire and Vermont to see the effect that those summer early morning chills have on autumn colors.

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