2 Washington National Parks Are Among The Best Places To Visit In The Fall

By Zuri Anderson

September 1, 2021

Mt Rainier Fall Foliage
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Today is the first day of September, meaning that autumn is just around the corner!

Plenty of people love to plan for fall getaways or adventures, such as festivals, holidays like Halloween, and or just going on scenic drives to see the changing landscape.

Explore Now or Never made a list featuring 19 places in the United States if you're looking for that fall feeling, from national parks to popular cities.

Two Washington locations were featured, as well: North Cascades National Park and Mount Rainier National Park!

This is what writers had to say about North Cascades National Park:

"North Cascades National Park, and really Washington State as a whole, is one of the best US vacations in October because not only does it have beautiful autumn foliage, but it has one specific type that isn’t available in most of the country: larches! Larches are a type of conifer tree with pine needles that turn gold in late September through October and then drop their needles... Once you catch wind that they’re turning, head out within about two to three weeks before they go away until next year."

Here's what they wrote about Mount Rainier National Park:

"While plenty of destinations within the United States have beautiful fall foliage, certain areas of the Pacific Northwest, including Mount Rainier National Park, explode with vibrant autumnal colors... For those looking for a low impact way to explore Rainier in October, drive the Chinook Scenic Byway, a 107 mile driving tour that bypasses Mount Rainier National Park and Mount Baker. Snoqualmie National Forest is a fantastic way to soak in the most stunning landscapes the Cascades Mountains have to offer. If you’re up for a hike, there’s plenty of trails that will take you up close and personal to both Rainier and its fall colors."

Click here to see other stellar fall destinations in the U.S.

Safe travels!

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