Take A Beautiful Fall Foliage Road Trip To See Washington Autumn Colors

We’re pretty enamored with summer here in Washington… that is, until fall arrives and we remember how gorgeous our state is this time of the year. The sun is still shining, but the air is crisp and the leaves are changing colors. This is truly the most beautiful time of year to take a road trip, especially when you’re on the look out for the best fall foliage in Washington.

You’ll find colorful fall foliage in every corner of our state. But there’s nothing quite like the way the scenic North Cascade Loop looks in autumn. Follow this route to experience the best fall foliage in Washington. Washington reaches peak fall foliage in late October and early November. To get your fill of fall hues, take this road trip during that time frame. These roads get dicey (and sometimes close down) when it snows.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

Ahh — isn’t fall in the Evergreen State divine? Hop in your car to discover the best fall foliage in Washington this season! And if you’re looking for more things to do this autumn, check out these seven short and sweet fall hikes in Washington.

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Best Fall Foliage In Washington

August 13, 2019

What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in Washington?

Washington’s most vibrant fall foliage can be seen in October. At higher elevations, the colors will be more striking when viewed from higher elevations. Lower elevations will see more gorgeous autumn foliage in late October. 

Where are the best places in Washington to see fall foliage?

Leavenworth is an incredible place to see peak fall foliage. This town is the home of the annual Autumn Leaf Festival, and people come from all around in order to experience the fun and excitement. People also flock to Mt. Rainier National Park during the fall. This area is home to some spectacular hiking trails that are full of vibrant colors. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can also gape at these views from your windshield. Simply hit the road and venture to the Chinook Pass on State Route 410. The sights will astonish you. 

What are the best Washington hikes to take in the fall?

For a short and sweet hike, venture to the Blue Lake Trail in Stehekin. This easy hike is only 2.5 miles long, and it features a peaceful boardwalk trail. You’ll love looking at the colorful fall colors reflecting into the glimmering lakes. Another popular fall hiking destination is the Silver Star Trail in Yacolt. On clear days, you can see Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Adams. There’s so much beauty packed into this 4-mile hike.