Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
Incredible U.S. National Parks To Visit In October
Fall in this park means fiery foliage, abundant wildlife, and fewer crowds. Prime views of the northern lights start in mid-late October through March.
Glacier National Park
Catch bright yellow aspens on Firebrand Pass, the winding trail off Highway 2. Highland Trail starts at Logan's Pass and is a little more challenging but has stunning panoramas.
Look for wildlife such as elk, bighorn sheep, and bears, and drive the Going-the-Sun Road until it closes down for the season on the third Monday of the month.
Golden aspens contrasted with emerald green spruces and perfect weather temperatures make for a great visit to this national park in October.
Rocky Mountain Park
The 3-mile Loch Vale hike starts from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. It has sweeping views of vibrant aspen groves, the glaciers of the Continental Divide, and a gorgeous lake view.
This designated International Dark Sky Park hosts an annual Night Sky Festival in October to capture the stunning Milky Way in all its glory.
Joshua Tree National Park
Explore boulder piles along the Skull Rock trail that also offers excellent night skies, or take one of the recommended fall hikes, like Lost Horse Mine of Mastodon Peak.
Amid fall foliage, the jagged, rocky peaks of the mountains rise from the colorful forests of Jackson Hole Valley into a clear blue sky.
Grand Teton National Park
Lace up your boots for the Valley Trail – Phelps Lake Overlook challenge to catch the park's best colors. Keep an eye out for elk and pronghorn in their winter migration.
For something a little more low-key, the Heron Pond – Swan Lake Loop is just as beautiful. Depending on the weather, you may even be able to start snowshoeing from late October.
This vast expanse of rocky coastline, granite peaks, and mountains that seem to rise impossibly from the sea make it a beautiful place to visit year-round.
Acadia National Park
In October, the foliage is in full force, the weather is mild, and the crowds are few. Hike to Bubble Rock or walk along Sand Beach's rocky shoreline.
Cruise down Park Loop Road, a wonderfully scenic drive, and for the best panoramic views, set out on the Beehive Trail not far from Sand Beach.