October 3rd, 2013
Peak Foliage every autumn in America rivals any natural wonder in the world. The brightness of the multi-colored landscape is breathtaking. It’s hard to stay focused while driving because you just want to pull over and soak in nature’s brilliance. The rich mixture of red, orange, yellow, and purple is a chemical reaction that takes place as the trees transition from summer to winter. Chlorophyll within the leaves (they make the leaves turn green) breaks down during autumn as the temperature and day length decrease resulting in a color change within the leaves. What is interesting is that the intensity of the color is determined by the degree of temperature, light and water supply. In general low temperatures, overcast and rainy days increase the brightness of the fall colors.
This year will be my family’s second trip to the white mountains of New Hampshire. I know it will be incredible to marvel at the majestic array of color. But, you don’t need to travel to New England to see the foliage. Here is a list of top foliage drives throughout the USA. Get out and enjoy!
BEST FOLIAGE DRIVES IN AMERICA
Drive on Route 112 on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire through the White Mountain National Park or take Route 7 in Massachusetts and drive up to Vermont through the Green Mountain National Park
Drive on Route 60 through Ohio or Route 385 in South Dakota to see incredible views
Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to North Carolina to see the awesome foliage colors in the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains
Drive on Route 82 in Colorado to see Aspen trees turn to gold
Drive on the Columbia River Highway in Oregon or Route 395 in California to witness nature’s splendor.
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