Fly Out and Take In Nature’s Kaleidoscope
By Triphenya Bailey
From the foothills of Tennessee and mountains of North Carolina to the rolling hills and countryside of Vermont and Massachusetts, the United States is awash in spectacular autumn color this year.
Leaves in deep red, vibrant orange and golden yellow hues seem to majestically decorate the nation’s landscape each year from mid-September to early November.
Several airlines operating at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offer direct and connecting flight service to cities like Nashville, Knoxville, Asheville and Charlotte, as well as Boston and Burlington for under $300. Logon to www.atlanta-airport.com for air carriers operating in Atlanta.
In Asheville, N.C. fall foliage enthusiasts known as “leaf peepers” actually travel the countryside tracking the progression of Mother Nature’s colorful advance. “They’re our area experts who drive around the region and report where the most vibrant colors are,” said Angela Norris, public relations manager for the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Asheville’s peak autumn landscape is expected to last through early November, said Norris. “The leaves start changing in the higher elevations above 4,000 feet in the beginning of the season, then move down to the lower elevations in places like Chimney Rock and the North Carolina Arboretum,” she said.
Some online sites dedicated to tracking the vibrancy and peak periods of nature’s fall foliage include the following: www.foliagenetwork.com; www.exploreasheville.com; www.vermontfallfoliage.com; www.mainefoliage.com and www.travelnotes.org. Consult your favorite search engines and enter key terms such as “fall,” “leaves,” “foliage” and “autumn” to see what your search yields.
In the meantime, venture out onto the highways and take in some of the wonderful sites and colors that can be found in nature. Enjoy the world around you!
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