Who doesn’t love to see the Fall colors blazing in the trees as the leaves turn a rainbow of colors? We find ourselves yearning for the season every year at this time, waiting for it with bated breath, anticipating the glorious splashes of yellows, golds, oranges, reds, browns and purples – all mixed in with the evergreens and crystal-blue skies.
Be it God, Nature, or both, one cannot help but admire the handiwork and majestic beauty put before us as a fine and treasured gift each Fall season.
Gearing up for this change of season – no matter where you are located – is something of an annul ritual – for almost everyone I know. At least it always has been for my friends, my family, and me, no matter where I’ve lived across the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean Sea.
Maybe it’s because as a child, I was starved for the brilliant change of seasons when I was growing up in Florida that made me hunger for Fall foliage as an adult. As a child, I didn’t really know what I was missing; as an adult, I was literally blown away with the astounding beauty of it.
Maybe it was the exposure that I had to it later in life when I resided in South Carolina, Louisiana, Connecticut, and New York, New Jersey and yes – even California. Or maybe it was having the good fortune of witnessing Fall even later in my life while traveling through the Mid-West, New England and even the Western states, along with areas of Europe in the U.K., Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, and even in Australia.
But to me, nothing can compare to the magnificence of seeing the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains around the Blue Ridge Parkway. It just feels like “home,” and brings me peacefulness, humbleness and a sense of gratitude like no other place in the world.
At this hyperlink, Smokymountains.com has an interactive map titled The 2017 Fall Foliage Prediction Map that can help you find the very best pre-, peak-, and post-season viewing counties within all 48 contiguous states throughout America and throughout the months of August, September and right up until the end of October.
So where is the best viewing of the Fall colors in your state?
Let me share with you that Countryliving.com has complied a list of 50 Small Towns Across America With the Most Beautiful Fall Foliage allowing you to escape the crowds and discover vibrant fall colors very close to wherever you live. Across the US there are many treasure-filled gems that are sure to satisfy your itch for really amazing scenery.
So plan an afternoon drive, an overnight visit, or a weekend stay at some of the most charming and beautiful towns right in the middle of their peak season for Fall foliage. And with a longer stay you are afforded the time to discover the many attractions of the season within that regional community as well antique shops, craft brew fairs, evening street fairs with entertainment, libations and fabulous farm-fresh foods, museums, art galleries and more.
Oh – and just as an aside:
Do you know the difference in the color of Fall foliage between North America and England?
It all has to do with Glaciers, Global Warming and a cold-weather-stimulated pigment called anthocyanin. You can read more about it at Upworthy.com’s story titled, “Autumn is gorgeous in England and the U.S., but there’s one big difference between the two.”
All books are available at Amazon.com. Click on title to learn more.
The Colors of Fall – Road Trip Guide
by Jerry Monkman and Marcy Monkman
Fall Foliage: The Mystery, Science and Folklore of Autumn Leaves
by Charles W. G. Smith
Fall Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains
by Oscar W. Gupton and Fred C. Swope
Smokymountains.com – The 2017 Fall Foliage Prediction Map
Countryliving.com – 50 Small Towns Across America With the Most Beautiful Fall Foliage
Upworthy.com – “Autumn is gorgeous in England and the U.S., but there’s one big difference between the two.”
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