Everything goes according to nature’s instruction manual: The days grow shorter, the nights grow cooler, and broadleaf trees take the cue to shed their leaves. Oaks, maples, and dogwoods each begin to transition from green to reveal shades of crimson and russet. Hickories and aspens show off brilliant golds and yellows.
While the timing can shift from year to year, one thing is always for sure: Leaves will make their way toward the earth, but not before a grand finale of spectacular color. Let our savvy, autumn-loving social community show you the way to the most colorful fall destinations, and don’t miss your moment to take in the view.
Coeur d'alene Park, Washington, United States
"Coeur d'alene Park, Spokane, Washington. Where I climbed and hid in all the wise and wondrous trees." – Radiah Vera
Wanaka, New Zealand
"Wanaka, New Zealand, last year. It was autumn in April though." – Florenz Fang
Northern Ontario and Quebec, Canada
Alaska, United States
"Once you get up into the interior of Alaska, fall looks like it's literally painted on the mountainside." – John Elliott
Hunza Valley, Pakistan
"Best fall colors from my homeland Pakistan." – Zahra Sadaf [See more of Pakistan's wild and beautiful places.]
The Adirondack Mountains
"The Adirondack Mountains, Upstate N.Y.!" - Charlette F.
"I always fall in love with the rusty colors found in a vineyard!" – Max Eric Lucia [Discover the secret birthplace of wine.]
Michigan, United States
Upper Michigan, the birch look as if they are on fire during dusk traveling north. Magnificent! – Robert Snider
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