With summer crowds beginning to thin out and crisp air emerging, Fall is the perfect month to explore the breathtaking National Parks of America.
U.S. News and Travel Report evaluated the best places to visit in Fall 2023 alongside expert insights and feedback, highlighting three head-turning parks as a result.
Whether a seasoned backpacker searching to witness Autumn’s colorful display or just generally keen to explore such parks without getting hot and sweaty hassle-free, it’s time to put on your walking boots and check them out:
Seattle’s Mount Rainier National Park
Although September at Mount Rainer is considered ‘shoulder season’, it’s a time of captivating natural beauty which can be enjoyed for just $15 a ticket.
The Fall paints a vibrant setting of colors, with temperatures spanning from the mid-50s to low-70s, making it the ideal time to drive or trail up to Sunrise 14,410 feet high and drink in the jaw-dropping views when hitting the top.
Note: Visitors should remain cautious during this time. The weather is known to be unpredictable, with snowfalls starting as early as September.
Dining inside the park is typically limited. Although, during the Autumn season, there’s usually more space to enjoy the flavors of the Pacific Northwest in the year-round dining rooms. Tourists can heat and nourish themselves by delving into cedar plank trout, bison stew, buffalo meatloaf, and more.
Not forgetting, picnic lovers wanting to save cash are in for a treat. There are numerous scenic spots to enjoy pre-packed meals, including the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise or Kautz Creek, Longmire. Here, hot springs and a historical museum can also be found.
For the more adventurous travelers, camping is available for just $20 a plot, spread across four tranquil areas in the park.
But, beyond its convenience, it’s vital to note that the natural beauty in the park is unparalleled. Mount Rainier National Park is a must-visit destination. Its serene landscapes boast dramatic waterfalls, sky-high mountains, and luscious forests full of wildlife — coyotes, bobcats, black beats, mountain lions, etc., — rejuvenate the souls of all who venture there.
California’s Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park illustrates the lasting impact of nature’s grandeur. Located just 80 miles from Fresno, California, this enticing natural park can be found in the southern Sierra Nevada area, whereby humongous trees, including one touching the havens at 275 feet, can be found for just $20 per person.
The park was discovered in the 1890s, boasting the title of the second oldest national park in the U.S.A. Its neighboring Kings Canyon National Park, established in 1940, later came together with Sequoia to further enrich the experience.
Beyond the forested areas are captivating caves that embrace the charm of snowshoeing, sustaining appeal whatever the weather. Visitors may even bump into beavers, deer, badgers, black bears, and wolverines while on their travels.
Those excited about the wilderness may enjoy camping at one of the fourteen campgrounds in the park. Picnic supplies can easily be purchased from markets close to the park, or enjoy the many dining options available inside for a more refined setting. The Peaks Restaurant at Wuksachi Lodge demands a visit.
Depending on fitness levels, navigating Sequoia is achievable by car or foot, ensuring untroubled access to its compelling landmarks is thorough and convenient.
Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park is an iconic natural wonder, alluring visitors with its beauty for just $20 a ticket, welcoming more than 4 million visitors annually.
The park stretches across 277 miles of river, approximately 18 miles in with and a mile deep. This breathtaking canyon has been shaped by the Colorado River for millions of years and is labeled as a UNESCO heritage site.
The Fall season, from September to November, is the perfect time to explore this natural marvel, exuding its brilliance under cooler temperatures and fewer crowds in a more intimate atmosphere.
Travelers can venture here without breaking the bank. Campground reservations instead of expensive hotel rooms provide pocket-friendly lodging solutions. As does the three shuttle bus service that goes from place to place, ensuring travelers view all the park has to offer effortlessly.
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon flaunts many shops and restaurants, whereby visitors can stock up on supplies and enjoy a comfortable experience when exploring this remarkable natural wonder.
Overall, as the summer crowds lesson and the beauty of fall emerges, the upcoming season becomes an appealing time to explore all of these three National Parks of America, bestowing memories to treasure for a lifetime.
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