7 Spectacular National Parks for Watching the Leaves Change

Take in the best fall colors in the country at one of these amazing national parks


Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Sunrise

If there’s one thing we love more than fall, it’s the national park system. Combining the two—it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Fall is the perfect time to visit the national parks, there are fewer people on the trails, the temperature is more moderate and the views, well they’re simply spectacular. The gleaming yellows, oranges and reds form one-of-a-kind patterns in the trees and eventually gather in layers on the ground. But before they fall, you should plan a visit to a park and watch them at their peak.

Though we’ve provided some estimates on the best dates to watch the leaves at specific parks, it’s always best to either call the park directly or to check online to determine the best time to visit.

While you can’t go wrong picking a national park, some offer a better view of the changing leaves than others. Of the more than 50 national parks in the U.S., here are seven parks whose fall foliage never fails to impress. 

Glacier National Park—Montana

This “hiker’s paradise” is best in the fall when the leaves are undergoing magnificent changes and wildlife is out and about. The park has more than 700 miles of hiking trails, which are even more serene in the fall. Manage to summit one of the peaks in October and you’ll be rewarded with the most magnificent views.

Grand Teton National Park—Wyoming

Grand Teton has it all—a 40-mile long mountain range, calm lakes and rivers and unique fall foliage. Instead of seeing mostly deep hues of orange, red and purple, visiting this park will give you a look at yellow aspens. The golden leaves against a mountain backdrop reflected in the lake makes a visit to Teton well worth the trip.

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