For any outdoor enthusiast the transition from summer to fall is an exciting one. Nothing beats a long walk in the woods witnessing the magnificent artistry of nature first-hand. A slower pace and the refreshing crisp air makes fall the ideal season to get outside and appreciate it in all its glory. There are plenty of places across the country to get your fall foliage fix; just make sure to plan your trip so it coincides with peak season for the best views. While scenic drives are great, there is nothing like being immersed in nature to truly appreciate the experience.
Wilamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley located in Oregon. Bordering the region is the Cascade Region to the east, the Oregon coast range to the west and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. This mecca of natural beauty will afford you many breathtaking views and adventure seeking opportunities. After a day spent breathing in the fresh air, make sure to indulge in the region's world-class wine country. Lush farms and vineyards abound, along with farm-to-table cuisine and local breweries. The best time to visit is mid-October.
The Northeast is known for its changing seasons, but nowhere is more celebrated than that of New England. From Maine's Acadia National Park to Vermont's scenic byways, there is no shortage of fall foliage opportunities. While many will take advantage of the region's numerous scenic drives there is so much the area has to offer. Taking a hike on Vermont's Long Trail, is an experience like no other. The trail transverses the length of the state. After mile 10 you will quickly learn why experts rely on specially made gear like Drymax's Hiking HD Socks. With an anti-bunching instep and Drymax's specially designed dual layer moisture removal system, your feet will stay dryer and pain-free longer. Peak season hits around early October.
From late September to early October the Rockies are in full bloom, most notably the northern and central ranges, including the Front Range. The area has no lack of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Check out Estes Park for golden hued aspens, nights spent under the stars, and a chance to get up close and personal with some wild Elk. Rent an off-road vehicle to check out local fly-fishing and bird watching spots. Grab non-slip traction gear like these cleats from Stabilicers and take advantage of the numerous mountaineering and climbing opportunities.
While it may not seem like an obvious choice, there is no better view of fall then from the heart of NYC's Central Park. A romantic setting to say the least, the park offers various idyllic settings to enjoy the season. For a memorable walk, start at the imperial elm trees surrounding Strawberry Fields, then make your way to the wooded whimsy of the Swedish Cottage Marionette theater, with a stop at the famous Bow Bridge for a picture-perfect opportunity. Late October is peak season for the city so make sure to bundle up in fashion with the Columbia Zenith Vista trench coat. Wherever your leaf peeping travels take you, Shopping Blitz has everything you need to make this fall a memorable one.