Best Places to Take in Autumn Colors in the Northwest

Autumn Colors int the Northwest

It’s hard to describe the awesome wonder that comes with fall foliage in the northwest. When the season transitions from summer to fall (autumn), green leaves change to vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow creating a canvas of artistry that can’t be duplicated. 

The Northwest has no shortage of glorious places to scope out excellent viewing of fall foliage. This list will guide you to them on a weekend trip or longer. 

Teton Scenic Byway

Idaho harbors beautiful views along the 70-mile Teton Scenic Byway. Pack a snack, fill up with gas and prepare for breathtaking views throughout the tree-covered Teton Mountain Range. Expect to see leaves changing colors between late-September and mid-October in preparation for the coming colder months. 

Keep in mind that many factors go into determining exactly when the leaves will change, and weather conditions often affect the vitality of the leaves. When in doubt, call local tourism departments, the Chamber of Commerce or even your vacation rental manager and ask about the status of the leaves. Also, Google is your friend, too! 

Don’t forget to book a Teton vacation rental to call home base each evening. Choose a large vacation home that sleeps 11 or something smaller for a couple—truly there is a home for nearly every size party.

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Central Oregon 

Scenic highway drives are best for Oregon leafing season. More specifically, the Highway 20 corridor not far from Sisters, Oregon is the perfect place to find loads of color amongst the trees. Here, the maples lay low between the ponderosa pines and aspens, and the topography is dotted with hues of autumn. Timing is critical depending on the weather, but most likely you’ll find mid-September to mid-October to offer prime viewing. 

Need a daily status on the transitioning leaves? Check out the Oregon Fall Foliage Hotline for updates. Also, plan and book your vacation accommodations as soon as you know when you’re traveling to ensure the best in local lodging. 

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Leavenworth, Washington

Again, mid-September through mid-October appears to be the perfect leaf viewing season in Leavenworth. Knowing that leaves in the Northwest change later as the season lasts longer will help you plan an appropriate time to pull off the perfectly timed visit. Pick a route and bring your camera. Starting around Waterfront Park and heading towards Lake Wenatchee and eventually the Puget Sound, you are going to get a colorful show! 

It’s always a safe bet to plan your travel around the Autumn Leaf Festival in late September, Leavenworth’s longest running event founded in 1964. Join the Grand Parade and all the festival hoopla that celebrates the season! 

Don’t forget your travel headquarters and home base:  your accommodations. You’ll want the best property for your party, so book early. 

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No matter where you choose, the Northwest has great opportunities for fall foliage viewing.  Let’s plan that trip!