Now that October is here, and the season has turned to Autumn, it’s time for “leaf peepers” and other Fall foliage fans to seek out the best colors this time of year has to offer.

Whereas the New England states are known to offer some of the best Autumn foliage in the country, Oregon too has its Fall beauty spots. Around mid-October, Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley begin to show their colors — even the grape vines in the vineyards can be stunning.  In late-October, the colors start to come out in the Hood River and and Columbia River Gorge area, as well as in Southern Oregon.


However, one of the best places to take in Autumn’s show is right in the middle of Portland.  The Portland Japanese Garden features a number of Japanese maple trees, which turn to beautiful, brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange. In fact, one of the trees is said to be, “the most photographed tree in America”.

So, no need to go far — a one- or two-hour trip to the Portland Japanese Garden is a fast, easy way to get in to Fall.