Fall Foliage Worth Flying ToOctober 12, 2019
Robert Camus famously wrote that “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
So, this season, let Aircraft Services Group take you to one — or more — of these flourishing fall foliage destinations; in the most convenient, most comfortable way possible.
The Catskills, New York
The 6,000 square miles in southeastern New York known as the Catskills are home to six major river systems, thirty-five mountain peaks that are over 3,500 feet, and, not to mention once hosted Woodstock.
While the Catskills are a year-round destination, it is at its most beautiful when the vibrant yellow, oranges, and reds blanket its densely wooded hillsides. Many of the region’s historic villages will also host festivals and craft fairs alongside the litany of farmers’ markets and pick-your-own orchards, including Hunter Mountain’s unrivaled Oktoberfest, which offers four whole weekends worth of live entertainment, scrumptious food, and, of course, a bounty of German libations,
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The famed fall escape for city dwellers ranging from New York City to Boston to Philadelphia the Berkshires boast truly pastoral winding roads that connect the mountain hamlets dotting an astonishing backdrop of crimson, gold, and every shade in between.
The foliage season usually peaks around Columbus Day, though anytime this season you can spend an entire weekend soaking in the region’s art galleries and infamous antiquing hotspots. Or, literally soak in the scenery with a stay at one of the many gorgeous Berkshire resorts, like the 117-acre Lenox, which was built in 1902 and modeled after a castle in Scotland:
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the U.S. for good reason, as there are over 100 different species of native trees, including scarlet oaks, maples, sweetgums, and hickories. And with 800 miles of scenic roads and panoramic hiking trails, you could spend a week exploring the park’s spectacular forests.
If you really want to get in the weeds when it comes to getting around the park, check out this awesome map courtesy of Visit My Smokies:
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
The eighty-mile Columbia River Gorge that acts as a natural border between southern Washington and northern Oregon is immaculately cut into the Cascade Mountains, and, come fall, its big-leaf maples, firs, cottonwoods, Oregon ash, and twisted pines burst into a dazzling tapestry of autumn colors.
The hiking throughout the area is obviously fantastic, though it’s really the rafting and kayaking trips down the Gorge’s rivers that you have to experience, with jaw-dropping waterfalls abound.
And make sure to stay at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, which has the most stunning views of the gorge, including the 208-foot Wah Gwin Gwin waterfall.
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