Autumn is a season of transition and change, a time when the world around us transforms into a kaleidoscope of warm colors and textures. It is a time when the trees shed their leaves, revealing the intricate details of their branches, and the air becomes crisp and cool. Autumn is also a season of nostalgia, a time when we reflect on the memories of summer's past and anticipate the coming winter.
Art Inspired By Autumn
Autumn, also known as Fall, is the season that exists between summer and winter, where many types of plants and trees slip into dormancy as they prepare for the cold weather to roll in. During this season, trees that aren’t evergreens undergo a process often called the “changing of the leaves.” When the weather starts to cool, the foliage gradually fades from a rich green to shades of yellow, red, orange, and brown before the leaves die and fall to the earth.
There is no shortage of inspiration to be found in this beautiful season. From the vibrant colors of the changing leaves to the misty mornings and hazy sunsets, autumn offers a wealth of opportunities to capture its beauty and essence through artistic mediums. Travelers visit destinations all over the country in preparation for this change to take place, as the autumn leaves are often a sight to see, sometimes resembling a brilliant fire.
Planning vacations according to the projected fall changes isn’t unheard of, and several popular destinations exist where the colors that come about during fall are more vibrant and memorable than in other areas across the country.
7 Places In The US To Find Fall Color Inspiration
Below are some of the most remarkable places to visit in the United States if you want to explore the changing seasons on an autumn photography expedition or simply gather inspiration for an upcoming fall-themed painting.
1. Autumn In Vermont
Autumn in Vermont is characterized by vibrant colors of foliage as the leaves on the trees turn from green to shades of red, orange, and yellow. This natural phenomenon draws tourists from all over the world to witness the stunning display. The crisp cool air, clear blue skies, and the smell of wood smoke from cozy fires create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Vermont's agricultural heritage is also celebrated during the fall season, with harvest festivals, apple picking, and pumpkin patches. The season lasts from late September to early November, with the peak foliage usually occurring in mid-October.
Places to See Include Stowe, Manchester, Woodstock & Bennington.
2. The Colors of Colorado
Colorado is composed of a fantastic mix between cities, friendly little towns, and wide open wilderness. As such, it’s a premier destination for fall travelers with any sort of preference. The state of Colorado is one of the very best displays of autumn color and the United States and a must see place to visit if you want to hike, raft, camp, or perform any activity out in nature.
Additionally, there are several towns and cities that welcome travelers around the fall season. If you want to remain warm and comfortable in addition to seeing truly one-of-a-kind views of the leaves changing in fall, Colorado should be at the top of your list. If you are an aspiring nature photographer and you haven't visited Colorado during fall, you simply don't know what you are missing!
Places to See Include, Breckenridge, Owl Creek Pass, Million Dollar Highway, Telluride & Aspen.
3. The Pacific Northwest in Autumn
The Pacific Northwest experiences a beautiful and unique autumn season characterized by cool temperatures, rainy weather, and colorful foliage. The forests in the region turn golden and red, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. I have spent my entire life and career as a nature and landscape photographer in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, I have provide you with a list of my favorite photography locations to experience the wonder of autumn in the Pacific Northwest.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington - This park is famous for its stunning fall colors, and visitors can enjoy the scenery while hiking, camping, or taking scenic drives.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon - The gorge is known for its waterfalls and scenic drives, but it's also a great place to witness the fall colors.
Leavenworth, Washington - This charming Bavarian-style village is surrounded by mountains and forests that turn golden and red in the fall, making it a popular destination for leaf-peeping.
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon - This park features a scenic hiking trail that takes visitors past several waterfalls and through a beautiful forest that turns bright shades of red, orange, and yellow in the fall.
4. Chasing Fall in Maine
Maine is the uppermost state in the northeastern section of the US, and if you’re a traveler who enjoys historical settings and colonial design, you’ll want to pay Maine a visit. In addition to historic buildings and museums, Maine also has an array of rolling hills, mountains, forests, and waterways.
It’s a beautiful state, especially for artists who want to capture images of the season’s effects in a variety of settings (for example: fields, rocky terrain, creeks, the outskirts of towns, etc.).
Places to See Include Acadia National Park, Camden & Kennebunkport.
5. Fall Color & History In Virginia
Virginia is another great location for vacationers who enjoy both history and nature. Virginia has plenty of historical sites to visit as well as attractive landscapes to photograph. The national park walking trails present plenty of opportunities to observe the natural world as the leaves change colors, and depending on how far down the trails you walk, you’ll surely come across something inspiring.
Places to See Include Charlottesville, Abington & Shenandoah National Park.
6. Autumn Wild In Wyoming
Unlike some of the areas mentioned in this list, Wyoming isn’t always a key destination for travelers who want to see forests and mountains. However, the rolling country setting across the state provides great photo opportunities and inspiration to drive the creation of art.
While there are areas that have trees and mountains, some of the grassy fields and farm fences provide artists with a nice change of scenery.
Places to See Include Cheyenne, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Park.
7. The Diversity of Autumn In Utah
Utah's geography is incredibly diverse including mountain ranges, forests, and deserts and slot canyons, each with its own unique autumn color palette. In the mountains, aspen trees are a major contributor to the fall foliage display, turning vibrant shades of yellow and gold. In the lower areas and canyons of Utah, Cottonwood and other trees and shrubs provide an endless show of the brilliance of the changing seasons.
Places to See Include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Factory Butte and Capital Reef National Park.
Why is Autumn Themed Art So Popular?
Fall-themed art is warm, welcoming and easy to blend in with existing art pieces in a home or office. Reds, yellows and browns mix well with many typical color schemes found in the home. Earthy colors and tones are quite versatile, and when used to capture a specific scene, these colors can evoke moods and emotions that compliment and tie together the elements of your decor.
People enjoy autumn nature photography and fall-themed art because it inspires a sense of calm, a feeling of warmth, security and protection from the cold outside world. Autumn art is also nostalgic, often reminding its viewers of time spent with family and friends, the holidays and the comfort and happiness the season often brings.
Autumn Nature Photography
Since my childhood, autumn has always been my favorite season. As a nature photographer, I look to autumn every year and do the majority of my best work during this time of year. If you enjoy autumn photography and the colors of the fall season, I invite you to experience it through my eyes across my online galleries including Mountains & Meadows, Aspen & Birch Photography & my Japanese Gardens Collection.