VIDEO: Great National Parks for Fall

Great National Parks for Fall

As the weather starts to cool off, a trip to a National Park makes for a great escape into the outdoors. At we've picked three national parks that are a must-see in the fall.

Bryce Canyon National Park is the smallest of Utah's national parks, but it contains some of the world's most beautiful rock formations. Almost reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book, the towering spires, fins, arches, and mazes will delight any traveler. Hike the well-traveled Rim Trail or head into the park's seldom-traveled backcountry. Visit by mid-October to catch the end of fall color.

Shenandoah National Park features two of Virginia's premier leaf-peeping drives. Skyline Drive winds through the western mountains of the state to link up with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy a color-filled road trip or take advantage of the numerous hiking opportunities. Beware that these roads can be quite crowded with folks towards the end of October.

Yosemite National Park in California is beautiful year-round. But visit in the fall, and you'll see the maples, oaks, and dogwoods boasting their color among the evergreens. Yellow is the favorite fall hue of these deciduous trees, but check out the non-native sugar maple, which turns a beautiful bright red, near the Yosemite Chapel. To make the drive more than just a day trip, roll into towns like Mariposa for a restful night's sleep.

So pick a National Park this fall and get ready for a memorable and colorful outdoor weekend.


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