It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin Spice lattes, boots, and my favorite…Fall colors! Halloween is up there too, but let’s focus on early October. Just this week at Praedictix we have gotten some amazing photos, and we all know these amazing views won’t last long.

Here are the places you’ll want to hit this week for the best fall foliage!

1. Mount Rainier, Washington

Vibrant early October fall colors visible at Mount Rainier, Washington.

Mount Rainier, WA
Photo: Ross Troxa

A full color pallet of colors are visible here this time of year at Mt. Rainier. This October you can find cottonwoods, willows, elderberry, aspen, tamarack (western larch), and many more that add to the array of October Fall colors. There are also a lot of fun things to do, like ride a historic Mt. Rainier steam train with the Mt. Rainier Railroad. Find more great options here:

2. Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado

October leaves start to change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colorado.

Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

“Some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.” – O.k. so Lloyd may have not been 100% correct but Aspen and the Maroon Bells – Snow Mass Wilderness is a gorgeous area in the Colorado Rockies especially in October. Learn more:

3. Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota

October Fall colors in Silver Bay, MN along the Superior Hiking Trail.

Silver Bay, MN
Photo: DJ Kayser

A hiking trail nuzzled away in fair northern Minnesota, spans for over 310 miles. Overlooks of Lake Superior, the Sawtooth Mountains and inland woodlands, lakes and rivers are abundant. The Trail follows rivers and creeks, often for distances of a mile or more, showcasing waterfalls and rapids, bends and deep gorges where thousands of years of rushing water has cut into layers of ancient volcanic rock. You won’t find motorize vehicles on this trail but you may find deer, moose, beaver, black bear, eagles, grouse and on occasion a songbird or two.  Plan your adventure:

4. Adirondack Mountains, NY

Fall colors as leaves change in October in the New York Adirondack Mountains.

Adirondack Mountains, NY
Photo: Foliage Network

“The Adirondack Region boasts one of the most brilliant Fall foliage displays in the country. Vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges transform the mountains into a stunning canvas of color – but it won’t last long! Follow along with our foliage tracker to make sure you experience Fall in the Adirondacks at its height.” – Visit Adirondacks:

5. Island Park, Idaho

Mountains, mist and fall colors at Red Rock RV in Island Park, ID. October 2018

Island Park, ID
Photo: Red Rock RV & Camping

Trying to book in October may not be the way to go since this RV park is already closed for the season but there are still beautiful colors to see as you drive on I-20 near Yellowstone National Park. Visit Yellowstone:

6. Winthrop, Washington

Winthrop, Washington's leaves are changing along the river in early October where its peak of the fall foliage season.

Winthrop, WA
Photo: Kate via Winthrop Washington’s Facebook

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7. Estes Park, Colorado

October is a busy time in Estes Park, Colorado as there are many seasons showing.

Estes Park, CO
Photo: Allison Rice

October means Halloween is right around the corner and that’s what I think of when Estes Park, CO is mentioned. That place is haunted, right? Well, the Stephen King book The Shining was inspired by the famous Stanley Hotel within Estes Park, which may be still haunted… Too scary for me…I will stay outside and enjoy the beautiful view this time of year! Plan your Fall adventure:

8. Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Record snowfall hits Calgary, Alberta, Canada with first snowstorm of the season.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Photo: Michelle Surgeson

I kid… I kid… but YIKES! Calgary got slammed with record snowfall with their first snowstorm of the season!  Nearly 20 centimeters stacking up Tuesday. This crushed the old previous October 2nd record of 5 centimeters set back in 1954.

Stay tuned for more fall foliage photos this October & November. If you capture any great photos we’d love to see them here at Praedictix! Send them to:

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