The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, with its rocky coastlines, thickly forested and mountainous interior, and great hiking trails and cycling paths, appears to be popular with young families, according to a survey.
If the weather cooperates, the Beech Mountain fire tower in Acadia National Park will be open on Saturday for visitors interested in getting a canopy-level view of the park's fall foliage.
Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.
Many national park scenic drives offer fall colors as a seasonal bonus. Here are some picks and tips for following the crowd or taking the road less traveled in the eastern states.
No one really needs an excuse to visit a national park in the Fall, one of the most glorious seasons across the National Park System. Still, the Traveler offers up the following if you feel you need one!
Fall Spectacular: What's That Sound? Where To Listen To -- And Look For -- Wildlife in the National Parks
In the fall, animals and birds prepare for winter. Bears eat constantly to fatten up before they slow down. Many birds are already on their migration path. Elk and other ungulates are preparing for the mating ritual, the rut. Take a look -- or stop and listen -- in many national parks this Fall and you'll catch a glimpse of this autumnal spectacular.
Glance at a map of the Eastern Seaboard and a number of intriguing national parks jump out: Acadia National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Everglades National Park. But which one to visit? If you had to choose between Acadia and Great Smoky, which of the two would be at the top of your list?
A series of inexpensive folding pocket guides can help you easily identify some of the nature you see in national parks.