By Aimee Heckel
In exchange for taking away our relaxing, warm summer days, every year sweet ol’ Mother Earth puts on a most stunningly colorful show: her own kind of slow, silent fireworks display.
Whether you’re a naturopath, outdoor enthusiast, photographer or artist, witnessing the changing of the leaves can truly be one of the most stunning experiences of the year. In our busy, technology-controlled world, too few people take the time to experience this wonder.
This year, consider booking a special trip to watch the trees ignite with color, before they fade away into the snow of winter.
Here are our two favorite locations to go to watch the changing of the leaves:
1. North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell State Park, filled with ash and poplar trees. These high peaks make for inspiring panoramic views and an exciting road trip. At the top of the Black Mountains, on the highest Eastern point of the country, you will find endless views of tree-lined valleys and ridges. Visiting this park any time of year feels like a dream, but combining it with the intense colors of fall makes Mount Mitchell appear almost otherworldly.
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2. The Green Mountains region of Vermont. This region is known for its dramatic color display. These mountains are filled with bright maple trees along historic pathways.
The expansive Green Mountains feature three national trails: the Appalachian, the Long Trail and the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail.
Check the Green Mountains website for a ton of info to help you plan your Green Mountains trip, from where to stay to where to eat and which tours to take.
If you don’t want to go on a traditional car road trip, consider an organized bus tour or motorcycle ride. Learn about various Green Mountains travel deals and discounts here. You can even find bike paths here, to bring up up close and personal with the trees and wildlife.
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