“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” wrote Emily Brontë of autumn, and we couldn’t agree more. And what goes together better than a hot pot of tea and a cool fall day? How about a cool fall day and a beautiful vista. Or maybe an invigorating hike?
Adventurers, take note: While the leaves are at their prettiest (well, depending on where you live – but we trust you Floridians to use your imagination) it’s the perfect time to take advantage of some of North America’s splendid natural beauty. Here are some hikes, bike trails, and national parks we love (or are dying to explore).
Rocky Mountain National Park. This well-known Colorado national park has free admission, which just makes the splendid vistas and hiking even more awesome.
Canyonlands National Park. The raw beauty of this national park is even more stunning with snow on the ground.
Glacier National Park. Sure, it may be cold, but the breathtaking waterfalls at this Montana national park are worth the shivers. (Tip: bring hot tea!)
Family Friendly Hikes in Waterton. There’s no reason the whole family can’t hike! Check out these trails for kid-friendly routes.
The Pacific Crest Trail. Sure, it’s the trail that inspired the movie Wild, but it’s also a hiker’s dream.
Banff National Park. Banff is known for its jaw-dropping mountain-to-lake views.
The 43 Best Hidden Hikes in the U.S. Looking for something a little more off the beaten trail? Try one of these.
Cataract Falls in the Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountains are loaded with challenging hikes and rewarding vistas, and Cataract Falls is one of the park’s most beautiful.
Top Five Waterfalls is America. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall?
What are we bringing with us? Well, our camera, day pack, trusty hiking boots, and thermos full of Osmanthus Oolong. We hope you’re enjoying the great outdoors just as much as we are.