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This is one of my favorite seasons, Fall is beautiful! The leaves on the trees changing from green to stunning colors of yellow, red, and orange. I talked about what Fall means to me in a previous blog about Change

I live in the northwestern part of New Jersey and on the drive home on Route 80. I had a smile on my face. The colors on the trees are starting to peak. This is the best time to get in your car and take a drive to capture the marvelous colors of nature. I have a few hikes planned as well. I have a list of great hiking trails to take to see some stunning colors of the changing of the leaves.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Leaves get their green color from a chemical called chlorophyll, which helps trees take in sunlight. Trees use the sunlight captured by chlorophyll to drive a process called photosynthesis, which is how trees eat, so to speak.

Tree leaves also have orange and yellow pigments. These pigments are called carotenoids, which are also responsible for the color in pumpkins and carrots. During the warmer months, these colors are masked by all the chlorophyll active inside the leaves. When temperatures and daylight hours begin drop in the fall, chlorophyll production also declines, and these other colors – reds, yellows, oranges — are revealed.

Plan your next road trip and get outdoors. This is a great time to take some stunning photos. It saddens me when all the leaves are gone. I want to share a list of the peak season. Rain may change the forecast, here a great list from the Farmers Almanac

This is a good time to even plan an overnight trip if your drive is a little ways from home. Plan a nice picnic and surround yourself with the colors and sounds of nature.

Hacklebarney State Park

My List of Drives to See Spectacular Colors of Fall

I have to start with my great state of New Jersey, because I have captures many wonderful photos of the changing of the leaves over the years. Here is a list!

I have a few road trips planned. I hope I’m able to get out before the weather takes a toll on the trees and they are gone until next season. Let’s see if your state made the list?

  • Finger Lakes, New York
  • The Catskills, New York
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
  • Stowe, Vermont
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Roanoke Valley, Virginia
  • Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Let’s not forget about our pets. Take them out to enjoy the fall leaves as well. Be sure to check your pet for ticks! Check out some pet friendly road trips and activities at: and

My Photos of Autumn Colors

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The Traveling Aquarian

Welcome! My name is Keyanna your guide to adventure and travel on a budget. Photography has always been my passion and a hobby of mine. I'm a lover of being outdoors and exploring new places to visit, while being budget friendly. I'm here to bring you some great places to visit. Family friendly or solo, I have something for everyone. Please leave a comment if you visit one of the places I showcase here!

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