Amanda Lukoff: As the weather starts to cool off, a trip to a national park makes for a great escape into the outdoors. At Away.
com we've picked three national parks that are a must see in the fall.
Bryce Canyon National Park is the smallest of Utah's national parks, but it contains some of the world's most beautiful rock formations. Almost reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book, the towering spires, fins, arches and mazes will delight any traveler. Hike the world traveled Rim Trail, or head into the Park's seldom traveled back country. Visit by mid October to catch the end of fall color.
Shenandoah National Park features two of Virginia's premier leaf peeping drives. Skyline Drive winds to the western mountains of the state to link up with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy a color filled road trip or take advantage of the numerous hiking opportunities. Beware that these roads can be quite crowded with folks towards the end of October.
Yosemite National Park in California is beautiful year-round, but visit in the fall and you will see the maples, oaks, and dogwoods boasting a color among the evergreens. Yellow is the favorite fall hue of these deciduous trees, but check out the nonnative sugar maple, which turns a beautiful bright red near the Yosemite Chapel. To make the drive more than just a day trip, roll into towns like Mariposa for a restful night's sleep. So pick a national park this fall and get ready for a memorable and colorful outdoor weekend.