And when to visit for the most vibrant colors.
Each autumn, Mother Nature stages a spectacular show for appreciative audiences throughout the country. Her schedule varies, but when she’s ready, green trees take on hues of gold, orange, and red, delighting her fans—the “leaf peepers” and “foliage followers.”
As many of us may recall from science class, when the days become shorter and sunlight decreases, plants stop producing the chlorophyll that creates green leaves. The process of changing colors begins, with weather conditions also influencing the intensity and staying power of the autumn show.
National parks, with terrain encompassing dense forests, tree-covered mountains, plains, lakes, and deserts, provide the perfect setting for the fall event. Throughout the country, national parks are anticipating the changing hues, and most even post details about the expected dates, colors, and types of trees in their locales. How helpful and considerate! As is Mother Nature herself in giving us this consolation prize each year at summer’s end before the cold of winter arrives.