Fall Foliage On the East Coast

by Mindi Stavish on September 26, 2012

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 Washington DC National mall during fall

Fall Foliage in New England

I heart fall foliage. Is there honestly a more beautiful time of the year than fall? Every year I eagerly await mother nature’s spectacular leaf display with colors of orange, red and yellow creating picturesque scenes. In New England fall, arrives around the end of September or beginning of October. The trees are barren by November. Growing up in Maine, I never fully appreciated just how pretty the fall foliage was around my “neck of the woods”. Now as an adult I have enjoyed trips up north during the fall. A few years ago my best friend got married in October in northern Maine. The sights were just amazing.


Washington DC in the Fall

Here in the Washington DC area fall foliage occurs much later. Every year I anxiously await the changing of the colors to snap pictures of fall foliage at the national mall. When foliage finally peaks in late October or early November magic happens.

fall foliage yellow leaves

Two years ago, Xander and I spent a fall day playing in the leaves and enjoying the sights. I have such wonderful memories of that day. The colors were vibrant and the weather was perfect. Xander loved feeling and tasting the leaves. He was so tiny and bald then!!

Sadly I did not have a chance to photograph fall foliage at the National Mall last year. A fall foliage photo shoot with the boys is on my fall bucket list this year!

Leaf Peeping in The Blue Ridge Mountains

One of the great things about living in the Washington DC area is that we are not far from the Blue Ridge Mountains and Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley. It has been two years since we have done the trip to Skyline Drive. The park is gorgeous and the entire area is just a lot of fun. We are planning on a leaf peeping trip this year. I have my eye on West Virginia and am super excited about it. Here are some highlights of our trip to Skyline Drive.

What is fall like in your neck of the woods? Does your family take a fall foliage road trip? Come share your favorite fall memories with the SITS girls this week with their Fall Back Into Blogging Challenge this week.

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Heather J
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September 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

We are stoked to do Skyline Drive. Mike has been on his Motorcycle with friends, I have yet to go. As soon as Hailee come, we are going!!

Gahhh! I love Fall!!!!
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Mindi September 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Heather you will love it!!! You have time…it doesn’t peak for awhile up there.
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Rosey September 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I’m thinking of booking a surprise trip on the neighboring Canada rail that takes you over the tree tops to see the leaves for my hubby and my anniversary.

your pictures are great, the leaves changes so much already!
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Mindi September 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Ohhhh that sounds like sooo much fun!!
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September 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You make me want to come and take pics in those beautiful colors!
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Mindi September 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

You totally should some fall. You would just love it!
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Shannon @ Heart...Captured September 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

My boyfriend and I started an annual trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway last year (we’re in South-Central VA) and I can’t wait to head up there this year. Fall is my favorite time of year!
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Mindi September 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

So much fun!! Have a blast this year. We use to stay at a bed and breakfast Cave Hill Inn. It’s amazing!!!


Sara Ivy September 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I LOVE NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL. I used to live in NH and we moved the first week in Oct. Coming through all the mountains with all those colors was breath taking. Before that I had only lived in the midwest and there are only a few trees in more metropolitan areas and ZERO mountains so I’d never seen anything so beautiful in all my life. It truly made me fall in love with New England.
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Mindi September 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Fall is really the only time of the year I miss living in New England. I could live without the winters there. LOL
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Hope September 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. Amazing! Your little one is soo cute. I love Fall and your post reminds me why. Although I don’t get the color changes in my neck of the woods, I love to see them and enjoy. Great post


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September 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Beautiful!!! We went to Maine when I was pregnant with my first – such a pretty spot to spend fall.
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Leslie September 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Such amazing pictures! Is it just me or is it really easy to miss the foliage peak in the DC area? I never seem to get it right. Now you have me wanting to go to the National Mall to take pictures with the family! (or go back to my college alma mater right by Skyline Drive)
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Twisted Cinderella September 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Beautiful Fall colors! Fall is lovely here in NS too.

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Karin September 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Gorgeous pictures. Your son is adorable and the trees are absolutely amazing!
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Melissa September 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Lovely colors in such fun photos! Looks like some great Fall memories! (Visiting from SITS and thanks so much for your comment … hand-knit sweaters are best) :)


Tami Von Zalez September 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ooooo, our leaves haven’t changed yet here in Cali.

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Rach (DonutsMama) September 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Those pictures are gorgeous. One of these days I want to go to New England and go leaf peeping. In the meantime I’ll just be jealous of pictures like these!
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S. Franklin
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September 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM

These photos are absolutely gorgeous! It makes me miss the change of seasons as I knew it back home in Chicago. I think fall is just such a romantic time of year. Great job!
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Adelina Priddis
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September 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’m so jealous of anyone that gets to live on the east coast! Beautiful pictures!
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Jerralea September 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Your photos are lovely! I do hope you get to take fall photos with both your boys this year. I’m sure they will turn out gorgeous.
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carol September 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I have always wanted to visit the New England states in the Fall. That is at the top of my bucket list. It’s as beautiful as I imagine. I live in the West and love it, but love to visit the East when I get the chance.

The picture of your little Xander (do you pronounce it as if it were Zander?) is just precious!


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September 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I love all of your Fall pictures! I’m so sad to be missing Fall in DC this year :( Fall doesn’t hit GA until around November and we will be making the most of it.
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