Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Aspen tops the top ten fall foliage viewing areas

Autumn is my favorite time of year, and the fall foliage is one of the reasons. And just when I started to tire of viewing the autumn leaves in the same old way, I discovered the joys of seeing the golden splendor of mother nature from the perspective of a bicycle seat on lightly used trails.

autumn trails provide fall colors
I would, however, have trouble ranking fall foliage viewing areas on a top ten list. They each have their own splendor. Colorado trails tend to highlight the golden hues of aspen trees in the fall while New Hampshire trails have more of an abundance of oranges and reds. And who knows what I'll see on Pennsylvania paths, Maryland meanderings, West Virginia trails, Virginia byways, and Washington D.C. bikeways next week?

Very few people would argue that September and October are two of the best times to take a hike on a local path or to ride your bike on one of America's beautiful trails. The weather is usually great, the trails less crowded, and, of course, the foliage viewing is wonderful.

So check out the latest top ten fall foliage viewing list and then choose your favorite leaf-looking regions. But try it from the vantage point of  a trail this year. You'll be glad you did.


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