As the warm days of summer, lead into the cool nights and brisk mornings of fall, there comes a time when that perfect combination of weather makes for spectacular scenery across many parts of the country.

Know what we’re talking about?

Fall leaves.

From late September through late November, you can take a trip to places from Maine to Minnesota and see the highways and byways dotted with brilliantly colored fall leaves in red, yellow, and orange.

But, if you really want to surround yourself with nature’s beauty, head off the highway and into the National Parks. There, you’ll be blown away with how incredible this season is.

Here are some of our favorites.

10. Acadia National Park

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First, lots of people head to Maine’s Acadia National Park in the summer because of it’s miles of incredible shoreline. You’re not going to get more spectacular views there than in the fall.

9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains
Covering the rolling hills and peaks of two states, you’ll find plenty of beautiful red and yellow hues exploring the backwoods trails of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

8. Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Brandywine Falls - Cuyahoga Valley OH
How do pristine farmlands, views of beautiful fall colors for miles, and over 70 waterfalls sound to you? Like heaven? Then you do not want to miss Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

7. Shenandoah National Park

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Leave the hustle and bustle of Washington DC behind and head out on the Skyline Drive in and around Shenandoah National Park to view the amazing foliage at it’s peak in late October.

6. Yosemite National Park

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Also, Yosemite National Park is one of the gems of the entire system and incredible all year round, but you really don’t want to miss the special treat of seeing it at the peak of its fall colors.