Despite what the name of the Evergreen State may imply, the state of Washington does, in fact, have the stunning change in leaf colors in autumn. In fact, the entire Pacific Northwest (PNW) is well known for its masterful artistry through cities and state parks as the leaves begin to turn. Continue below for proof that fall in the PNW is simply unbeatable.
The parks and gardens Washingtonians curate and maintain become even more beautiful as they cycle through life.
With all of the trees in the PNW, it’s not surprising that autumn is one of the region’s most becoming seasons.
The University of Washington has incredibly picturesque trees; if you’re lucky, you might get multiple colors on one tree!
With the reflection from all the gorgeous bodies of water in the PNW, the area gets double the autumn colors.
Iconic buildings (such as Victoria’s Fairmont Empress Hotel pictured below) that were once clad in green armor seem to tarnish as the winds change.
The colors begin to creep toward the mountains in the Olympic National Forest, testing how far they can get before freezing.
State parks turn into colorful playgrounds that would have even distracted Lewis and Clark!
Vineyards brighten like “pretty maids all in a row.”
In fact, the fall foliage receives so much praise in the PNW that the usual attractions get jealous and often photobomb the pictures of their fall friends.
Sometimes, places such as Stanley Park in British Columbia get a rainbow range of colors all in one scene.
Lovers of the Columbia River Gorge gaze at the new shades of rivers and creeks.
Vancouver, British Columbia, is transformed into a scene of silver and gold.
Persistent and radiant, autumn hues begin to encircle the taller peak of Mt. Hood.
The vistas practically make one believe the fiery shades can ward off the snow with the warmth of their colors.
Red leaves in Portland bring brightness as if to compensate for decreasing daylight.
One by one, the leaves fall, and pedestrians crunch on the same brilliant colors that they gaze at above them.
Even fallen and trodden upon, fall foliage is not forgotten as it creates a golden floor to support those who walk upon it.
Yet even with all these beautiful colors, the best fall tree in the PNW is fruit-bearing: autumn means apple season!