You might have visited a handful of America’s most popular national parks as a kid on summer vacation. You might have passed through one of the underrated ones as an adult, turning the 4th of July into a weekend trip, or squeezing the last of your PTO reserves to road trip home for the holidays. But you’ve probably seen few, if any, of our country’s parks in the fall, and it is time we all sat down and fixed that.
Now that summer’s ended, our national parks are not only less crowded, but many of them become completely transformed. There’s all that autumn foliage of course, but that’s really just the starting point. Elk are rutting, fog is descending, salmon are flinging themselves upstream. To help inspire your next fall getaway, check out the autumnal splendor of a few of our favorite national parks.