“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” So said Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde.
It seems that fall is the one season that everybody likes. If you ask people what their favorite season is, we’re willing to bet that the majority will cite fall as their favorite. You’ll get votes for summer, but some feel summer is too hot. Obviously, winter can get pretty cold. Spring has nice flowers but can be muddy and gray, and you find yourself anxious for summer to arrive.
But fall is like summer without the extremes. It’s a comfortable season where you can wear hoodies and jeans, and it features two of the top holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
And foliage is what truly makes fall special. Nothing marks the passage of summer into fall like green leaves taking on fresh new looks.
Which – if we remember back to science class – has to do with leaves halting the production of chlorophyll. Once trees sense shorter days with less sunlight, a burst of fall colors is sure to follow.
Leaves change color quite spectacularly in America’s national and state parks. Here are four fall destinations that are known for their stunning foliage: