Best Destinations for Seeing Fall Foliage
We know, you are still enjoying your summer and all of the fun parties, cookouts, campfires, and trips to the beach, but it is probably time to plan your next travel assignment. As you consider where your next travel destination is going to be, you may want to take into consideration what season is right around the corner. As the calendars turn to September, many parts of the country are going to be heading into the most beautiful time of the year, fall foliage season. Below, we point out some of the best places across the United States to see the blazing colors of autumn leaves and perfect destinations for your next travel assignment.
The Catskills, New York. You can’t go wrong choosing any travel assignment in the northeastern United States, but for stunning fall foliage from late September through mid-October, The Catskill Mountains in New York State are a photographers dream. Located in the southeastern part of New York, the Catskills are an easy drive from the Big Apple and several other large northeast cities. With miles of hiking and biking trails, the Catskills region will fill your lungs with fresh mountain air, and your eyes with the best Mother Nature has to offer.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. If you prefer to take your travel assignment closer to the other coast of the United States, the Pacific Northwest provides plenty of areas for autumn displays. The Columbia River Gorge in Oregon is a short drive from the Portland area and sits amidst the Cascade Mountains. Lush stands of Ash, Maple, and Cottonwoods will create a beautiful canvas of changing leaves from late September through late October. Outdoor lovers can enjoy pristine waterfalls, rafting trips, and hiking miles of trails featuring breathtaking mountain panoramas.
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most heavily visited parks in the entire National Park System for a reason. Located in Tennessee and bordering North Carolina there are plenty of options for finding a nearby travel assignment. The Smokies are home to over 100 species of trees, and from early October through early November, the area is emblazoned in shades of crimson, purple, gold, and orange foliage. You cannot find a much better place to settle into a Bed & Breakfast for a weekend and explore some of the 800 miles of hiking trails beneath a canopy of autumn magic.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan. When people think of Michigan, one of the first things that come to mind is the “Motor City” and Motown. What many don’t know is that Michigan is home to nearly 4 million acres of state forests. The Upper Peninsula boasts more than 20 state forests featuring ash, aspen, birch, beech, maple, and much more. These lushly forested lands explode into colors from mid-September through mid-October and provide avid photographers with endless opportunities to capture the perfect scene.
Ozark Hills, Missouri. Central Missouri may be the most surprising entrant in a list of fall foliage hot spots, yet the beautiful Ozark Hills should not be overlooked. If your travel assignment is in Missouri, you are in for a treat when visiting Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Late October finds the surrounding forests alive in shades of russet, scarlet, gold, and mahogany. Leaf peepers can explore all of that scenery on foot, bike, or horseback, and even better still from the water.
This fall, there are plenty of choices for assignments with scenic benefits, and we’ve only included a few to highlight. From Aspen, Colorado to The Berkshires, Massachusetts, there is no shortage of options for “working tourists” to choose from. The key is to contact a Supplemental Health Care recruiter today and start planning for your next travel assignment. Just remember to pack your favorite camera and a battery charger because it will be working overtime on your days off. Enjoy the scenery and happy trails.
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