Favorite Spots to See Fall Foliage

Dive into a sea of colorful leaves in these top spots to catch fall foliage.

Portland, Oregon's crystal clear Johnson Lake and waterfowl with fall trees in the background
Johnson Lake and waterfowl in autumn.
Steve Terrill / Danita Delimont

"I love driving the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway, a 38-mile wonder between Payson and Nephi, Utah. The expansive views and the varieties of color are what make the loop special." —Leslie Davis

"We truly enjoy the fall colors around Palisades Reservoir on the Snake River near Swan Valley, Idaho. The various yellow, orange, and brilliant red leaves are simply beautiful. Even our grandchildren are impressed!" —Bill Waetje

"Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument in Utah is absolutely gorgeous! Have your camera ready for some beautiful photography. The best time to visit is from the third week of September into late October." —Robin Moczulski

"When the aspens of Duck Creek, Utah, come alive in the fall, they create a fire in my soul. As a child I would sit and listen to the breeze through the leaves and admire how the red, orange, and yellow colors made the mountains look ablaze. As an adult, I find not much has changed. The trees create a beautiful constant throughout the years." —Alyssa Laymon


"The quaking aspens near Yosemite on the east side of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range are spectacular in the fall. My favorite location is on the road along Lee Vining Creek off Highway 120. But any road off U.S. 395 that goes toward the mountains yields wonderful color." —Gary Steiger

"I just love all the fall colors in the Northern California town of Nevada City, and the atmosphere of the mountains meeting the south fork of the Yuba River." —Denyse Garrintano

"The Alaskan tundra is beautiful in early autumn. The reds, yellows, and oranges equal any of the colors I saw while growing up in the eastern United States." —William Ahearn

Bicyclists crossing Boise River on old railroad trestle on the Boise Greenbelt in Idaho.
Ride on the Boise Greenbelt.
Glenn Oakley / Idaho Stock Images

"Boise is not called the City of Trees for nothing. Fall colors abound here from mid- to late October. The glorious Boise River Greenbelt's 50 miles of shady river views and lovely parks burst forth with color." —Lauren Mast Hershey

"Every year, our family hikes Wheeler Creek to Icebox Canyon in Utah's Ogden Canyon. The easy five-mile loop begins with lone red-leafed trees growing out of the rock, offering a stunning juxtaposition to the tall, charcoal-colored cliffs on the side of the trail." —Melinda Rhodes

Editors' Pick: East Portland's Johnson Lake Property is a sight to behold come fall, when the deciduous woodland transforms into picturesque colors that reflect off the water as migrating birds soar overhead.