One of the most beautiful times of the year is when leaves begin to change to hues of orange, brown and gold. Here in Southern California, it’s sometimes hard to really feel like it’s Fall because there are so many evergreens and palm trees. But in certain neighborhoods you can find groups of tall maple trees that are changing their colors and dropping their leaves only to be whisked away by the gentle autumn winds. I love these areas, and try to seek them out as often as possible. It helps me get in the mood for Halloween and Thanksgiving by infusing a little bit of holiday nostalgia in my life. I have always wanted to plan a trip to the east coast to the places where the fall colors are abundant. And I’ve found a great tool to help me plan a fall foliage tour thanks to the US Forest Service.
I know there are beautiful Aspen trees in Colorado. The trees in Vermont flow with color and maple syrup. New England is the place of such magical fall scenery that helped to inspire the location artwork for the Disney movie Pocahontas. I imagine all these destinations are gorgeous in the fall. And some day I would love to get lost in these autumn forests of peacefulness. A place wher there are so many Well the US Forest Service has made planning that bucket list trip easier by putting up a webpage called Fall Colors 2013. This page is dedicated to informing interested “leaf peakers” where the fall colors are most abundant in all the 50 states. There is even a 1800 hotline number you can call to get the latest updates of the fall colors for each state. If you can go see the beautiful natural trees change color, don’t wait! Soon those trees will be barren and snow will cover their branches. As for me, this year I think I will continue looking for those gorgeous California maple trees.