November 2017

Club Traveler

Plan to See Peak Fall Foliage

This year’s colors may be at their peak, but since they’re top of mind, why not start planning to take in all the autumnal hues in 2018?

For incredible foliage-viewing getaways, here are four destinations to keep on your radar.

Central Park, New York City

Thanks to New York’s many skyscrapers that shade parts of Central Park’s more than 20,000 trees, some of which are featured in the photo above, tourists and locals alike can enjoy colors later in the season. With the change in temperature and light, the trees in the park often have a “distorted sense of the seasons … [and] as a result, Central Park will often experience a later foliage turn than other parts of New York,” according to the Central Park Conservancy. Find your bronze, yellow and scarlet trees with a self-guided fall foliage map, like this, which the park publishes each year.

Shenandoah National Park

Not far outside the nation’s capital, Club Members can hop on one of the most scenic drives in the country, Skyline Drive, to explore Shenandoah National Park. Stop at scenic outlooks and take in a whole lot of berry and scarlet reds as the park’s red maples, sourwoods and sweet gums change. If hiking is more your speed, venture up Old Rag Mountain, which offers visitors stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Take a peek at the park’s changing seasons through this mountain-view webcam, or check out the Smoky Mountains fall foliage prediction map of the country to help you determine when to go.

Rocky Mountain National Park

To see foliage that truly glows, take a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Beginning in late August at higher elevations, the park’s aspen trees begin to turn yellow. The trees’ golden leaves spread down to lower elevations as the season continues into October. And for those who enjoy foliage and wildlife viewing, Rocky Mountain will not disappoint. Head to Little Horseshoe Park to see bugling elk in September and October. In October and November, keep a lookout for bighorn sheep head-butting contests.

Discover More Fall Foliage with ClubPartners

If you love to go for a good long stroll during autumn, consider a guided walk with ClupPartner Country Walkers. The 2018 Vermont: Fall Foliage six-day walk will take you through New England’s reds, glowing oranges and fiery yellows. You’ll see Quechee Gorge and stroll along Vermont’s highest Peak, Mount Mansfield. Here Club Members can overlook three states and Canada for an incredible, all encompassing view filled with seasonal colors.

*The photo featured at the top of this article is courtesy of SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Image.