Fall Foliage

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant

Summer is officially coming to an end and the beautiful season of autumn is approaching. In fact, the first day of Fall 2013 will be on September, 22nd. This particular day is known as The Autumnal Equinox and from here on, the days will become shorter than the nights and temperatures will start dropping. In many areas, the landscape will start showing off vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange and leaves will begin to fall! Many people think of this phenomenon as Fall Foliage. Find out how a couple places in America like to celebrate the beginning of this fantastic fall season that so many people love!

Maine 

According to the Maine Tourism Association, “Fall was once Maine’s best-kept secret. No longer! Visitors have discovered our lively harvest festivals, sparkling clear weather, and of course, Mother Nature’s brilliant display. Against a backdrop of rocky coastline and mountain pines, Maine’s vivid maples and oaks set the scene for hiking, biking, paddling and golf.” Because Maine offers such spectacular views during autumn, the Maine Department of Conservation even reports on the foliage conditions throughout the state on a weekly basis! For information on the  2013 season, see: Maine’s Official Fall Foliage Website.

Along with the beautiful scenery that this state provides during this time, there are many fun festivals to participate in as well! For example, the Twenty Fourth Annual Cornish Apple Festival is coming up on September, 28 2013 and it’s a FREE event! This festival is sponsored by the Cornish Association of Businesses and is located in the “scenic Western mountain and lakes region of Maine on Route 25 — 30 miles West of Portland and 9 miles East of the New Hampshire border.” From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the center of Cornish village in historic Thompson Park, experience some of the following festivities:

  • Over 50 vendors will be offering art, photography, jewelry, crafts, farm produce, apple and non-apple cuisine
  • Entertainment from local performers
  • For the young or young at heart there will be a Magician as well as Storybook Characters
  • An Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest and Auction
  • Shopping at many local shops
  • Commemorative poster for sale signed by the artist
  • Raffle at the CAB booth of original artwork by Sue Melanson
  • Raffle of local store items and services
  • 5K running road race
  • Church supper at the Cornish United Church of Christ
  • 17th Annual Apple Acres Farm Bluegrass Gathering

There will also be plenty of this season’s apples and freshly pressed cider! For more information, see Cornish Apple Festival.

Watch this video to “See Why There’s More To Maine” and get a look at some of the great autumn experiences that you can have!

Arkansas

Discover why Arkansas is a great place to take a fall vacation! “Embark on a fall color tour in The Natural State and enjoy breathtaking views of stunningly vibrant landscapes in one of America’s most picturesque autumn destinations.” Arkansas is one of the best places to take scenic drives during this season! Find out what roads to take:

  • Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway – The first National Scenic Byway in the state and roughly runs the length of its namesake– Crowley’s Ridge
  • Great River Road National Scenic Byway – The route runs from Blytheville in northeast Arkansas to Eudora in southeast Arkansas
  • Interstate 540 – Runs northward from Alma in the Arkansas River Valley to just south of the Missouri border
  • Talimena National Scenic Byway – Winds for 54miles along the crest of the highest points between the Appalachians and the Rockies, Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest
  • Scenic 7 Byway – The state designated route is from the Arkansas/Missouri state line, south through Harrison, Russellville, Hot Springs and Arkadelphia,on through El Dorado to the border with Louisiana
  • Pig Trail Scenic Byway – A U.S. Forest Service-selected drive with a name as colorful as the scenery…You head north through the Ozark Mountains at Ozark, ending up in Fayetteville
  • Interstate 530 – This southbound route between Little Rock and Pine Bluff goes through the rich timberlands of South Arkansas

These fall foliage tours should be planned around the peak color times of each region in the state. “Normally, the peak of color occurs around two or three weeks after color changes begin, meaning late October for the Ozarks, late October or early November for central and western Arkansas, and early to mid-November for the southern and eastern sections.”

To find out more on when to take a scenic drive, where to go, and learn more details about the routes you should take, see: Fall Color Locations and Scenic Drives. Fall color reports for Arkansas will also begin at the end of this month. Check Fall Foliage Vacations for more information.

See what fall in Arkansas can offer!


Fall Foliage happens at different times of the year for each location. Read this article, “Incredible fall foliage hikes,” to see some of the best places that you can experience the gorgeous views that autumn brings. Also, learn why leaves change colors by watching this video!

Keep up with Fall Colors 2013 for some “very useful tools to help plan your adventure to see fall trees and wildflowers this autumn” and check out these Inspiring Quotes About Autumn to get you in the mood for the upcoming season! Also, don’t forget that you can use Hertz NeverLost to “plan your trips online, and access them from a NeverLost in your Hertz rental car” as you drive around looking for the best fall foliage! You can use the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion to find events, tours, and must-see attractions too!

Enjoy the fall!

Melissa Woodring

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2 comments on “Fall Foliage

  1. cornishtim
    October 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    We will be in Plymouth and Lincoln during October and then on to Nova Scotia. Hope to catch some colours. Given the shut down has ended of course!

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