Your Guide to Foliage 2023
Let Autumn ring with the vibrant hues of red and gold. It’s that time of year when we all look for Mother Nature’s painted masterpieces in the great outdoors.
As a traveler, you probably get to enjoy more chances to catch the colors than most. Maybe you even plan your assignments for the best foliage opportunities. No matter where you are, most of the country will soon have a colorful view to accompany your pumpkin spice latte.
But why do the leaves change color?
Here’s a quick recap of your childhood science class. Chlorophyll is in constant production in leaves from spring through early fall. This is the key component that allows leaves to turn sunlight into glucose. Chlorophyll is the green hue producer. As the days get shorter and shorter, the production of Chlorophyll eventually slows to a halt and stops the green hue. With chlorophyll now absent, ever present components move front and center: Beta-Carotene produces the orange hue, Anthocyanins give leaves their red color, and Flavonols are able to promote the yellow hues. And to protect itself from the cold winters, trees stop food production and the leaves die and fall. Just look at the amazing foliage expected around mid-October. Click here for an interactive map to check out the areas near your assignment.
The Farmer’s Almanac highlights these destinations as the “Best Places for Fall Leaves.” Even if you aren’t there now, maybe you can squeeze in a short trip to enjoy the vibrant kaleidoscope of color.
Rangeley Lakes Region – Peak Viewing: October 1-17
Western New York
Letchworth State Park- Peak Viewing third and fourth week of October
Kancamagus Scenic Highway, Lincoln – Peak Viewing September 28-October 9
Big South Fork National Recreation Area – Peak Viewing: (Eastern) October 5-21; (Western) October 12-28
Lake Geneva Area – Peak Viewing: October 5 – 14
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park – Peak Viewing: October 12-28
Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Peak Viewing: Mid to late October, depending on elevation
Mount Cheaha – Peak Viewing: October 19 – November 4
Fort Ransom State Park – Peak viewing: October 5 – 21
Estes Park at Rocky Mountain National Park – Peak Viewing: The month of September through early October
Hawksbill Crag, Whitaker Point, The Ozark National Forest – Peak Viewing: October 12 – 28
Olympic National Park – Peak Viewing: October 12 – 28
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway – Peak Viewing: Early October
Big Sur Coast Highway – Peak Viewing: October 15 – 31
Get Out and Peep
Don’t forget to search your favorite spots online, many have up-to-the-date foliage tracking tools and interactive maps. And, can’t be there n person? Check out the many live foliage cams to enjoy some of the sights.
Your Fall Adventure is Waiting For You
As you immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of autumn foliage, consider the beauty of combining your love for travel with your healthcare career. At Go Healthcare Staffing, we offer a wide range of fall travel assignments that allow you to experience the splendor of the season while making a difference in healthcare. Visit our jobs board today to explore the exciting opportunities waiting for you this fall. Your next adventure is just a click away!
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