It may still be Summer, but before you know it the temperature will cool down, the days will get shorter, and the leaves will change color. It is never too soon to start planning where you want to shoot your Fall photos. The bright colors create an amazing backdrop for family portraits or just simple nature photography. But, you do not want to wait long. There is a brief window of opportunity to catch the leaves at their most vibrant. Here are some of the best places to see it happen.
The Catskills, New York
There’s more to New York than just the city, and you do not have to travel far to see it. The Catskills are a great place to escape and experience the outdoors. With lush forests and mountains, it is the perfect place to capture the changing colors. Plan your shoot around the end of September to mid-October for prime foliage.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee
If you enjoy losing yourself in nature, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the perfect place. Miles and miles of forest create a jaw-dropping show of vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds. Hike your way up one of dozens of peaks to get amazing vantage points. Being a little further South, these trees tend to keep their color a little longer than typical. Early October trough the first couple of weeks in November is the optimal time slot.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
The Upper Peninsula showcases myriad tree species each creating their own unique color pallet. Take advantage of the fact that this location is sandwiched in between Great Lakes. Contrasting blue waters against lively orange and red tones makes for a stunning display. You will want to get here a little earlier than other spots though. Shoot for mid-September to mid-October.
Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
Winding through the White Mountains of upstate New Hampshire lies one of the most scenic drives in the country. This roadway offers scenic overlooks throughout giving people the opportunity to pull over and appreciate their surroundings. The foliage here is what makes New England synonymous with Fall. The window of opportunity is shorter here however. Look to go late-Spetember to mid-October.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The gem of Western Massachusetts. The Berkshires provide foliage viewing second to none. Find yourself a classic bed n’ breakfast to hunker down in and feel yourself wrapped by blankets of vibrant color. Much like New Hampshire, the leaves will not hold on to the trees for long. Try to plan your trip late-September through mid-October.
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