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10 Perfect Places to Photograph Fall Colors

It's the season to grab your camera or smartphone and hit the road to bring home some of autumn's gorgeous golds and vivid reds. Here, 10 spots that make it easy.

Known for its amazing state parks and nature reserves, Door County, Wisconsin, is a must-see peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Although the entire county is full of amazing places to photograph, Cave Point is a fall favorite. The stronger the wind is blowing from the east, the better the shots of the waves crashing into the cliffs will be. Whether the east winds are blowing or not, there is so much to capture at this beautiful coastline.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts is, known to draw large crowds to their beautiful beaches all summer long, but after Labor Day, many of the tourists vacate the seashore town. With the crowds gone, the traffic flow lightens and makes for a perfect time to visit this charming coastline. Cranberry Bog Tours, Fall for the Arts Festival, and pumpkin picking are among our favorite things to do here in the fall. The beach is not the only sight to be seen here, and we’re sure your camera will agree!

The southwestern landscape of New Mexico is a must-see in the fall, specifically in the art colony of Taos, where the views are plenty. First, stop at the Taos Plaza in the historic district for awesome concerts, shopping, and art galleries, then head over to the nation's fifth largest bridge, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, to shoot some beautiful scenery. Another spot you’ll want to photograph is the Church of San Francisco. For optimal lighting, shoot this beautiful landmark from the front in the morning and from the back in the late afternoon.

Spreading over 1.2 million acres, the Ozark National Forest is full of spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery. Plan your trip for October, when the fall foliage is at its peak, and find yourself lost in the beautiful fall hues. Home to mountains, springs, rivers, and breathtaking parks, there is so much to see and even more to photograph!

Surrounding the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Peninsula is Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. Whether you visit the quaint historic harbor of St. Michaels or roam through Assateague Island with the wild horses, we’re sure that you will find yourself lost in pure wonder here. A visit to the Eastern Shore would not be complete without picking some Maryland crabs, so once you’ve filled your memory card up, put your camera down and get to picking!

With over 50 waterfalls, Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is an escape from real life and a glimpse into photography heaven. Serving as a border between Washington and Oregon, this river is truly some of nature's finest work. The fall months are the perfect times to visit, especially early in the morning or late in the afternoon (when the lighting is best). If you are looking for a photography experience that is second to none, grab your camera bag and head out to the Columbia River!

There is no shortage of incredible views in New York's Catskill Mountains. For a perfect fall landscape photo, venture to the northern peaks to capture the mountains’ beauty from a higher elevation. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, head over the Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest. This festival spans over four weekends and offers live entertainment, great food, and authentic German fun!

The strikingly gorgeous city of Aspen, Colorado, is best known as a popular ski destination in the Rocky Mountains, but this beautiful area has so much more to offer. Plan a stop at the Maroon Bells to see one of the most photographed landscapes in Colorado. The beautiful colors and “screensaver-like” backdrops are sure to leave you with photographs you will cherish forever.

Derived from the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters,” Amicalola Falls State Park is home to Georgia's tallest waterfall. This 729-foot beauty can be seen from many different trails along the park, but for the best shots, hike the Amicalola Falls Loop. This route is sure to provide you with perfect views of the falls from all angles which is especially gorgeous with fall foliage in the background!

Want to visit one of the most picturesque parks in America? Look no further than the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. From alpine lakes, to stunning mountain ranges, to exotic wildlife, you will certainly not run out of striking content to photograph. Mormon Row and the Moulton Barns are the most photographed destinations in the park, but the Grand Tetons’ celestial peaks are also not to be missed! It truly is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers and nature-loving photographers.

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