The leaves, they are a-changin'...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:00 PM by Matt Wakefield

…or they will be soon. Washington might be The Evergreen State, but despite the forests filled with firs and pines, thankfully there are some places where the leaves do change color with the seasons. They make for great photography, long walks and crisp autumn air.
 
Loyalty Park (Sumner)
Sumner’s oldest park is also one of its most beautiful during fall, when the leaves change and eventually fall to cover the picnic areas and the newly renovated kids’ playground.
 

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Wildwood Park (Puyallup)
With 80 lush acres and meandering trails with wooden and stone bridges, Wildwood Park is a place out of time. Those trails lead through deciduous forests that turn a brilliant orange that lasts throughout the autumn.
 
The row of trees behind the historic clock tower explode into red during the fall, and contrast beautifully with the clock tower’s clean white color, making for beautiful views and a relaxing walk along the concrete trail through the park.
 

Lunch time walk #sunnyday #dupont #washington #adventuresofawanderer #coddiwompler #clocktower

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Wright Park (Tacoma)
There’s a reason you might find yourself competing for space with the couples taking engagement photos, the families taking portraits and high schoolers doing getting their senior photos done at Wright Park in the fall. The WW Seymour Conservatory and the sculptures throughout the park combine with the warm fall colors to create a stunning photographic backdrop.
 
With all the sights available to walkers along Five-Mile Drive before the road opens to traffic at 9:00 each morning, it’s hard to pick just one viewpoint for fall. However, the Japanese Garden, with its Shinto Shrine and Torii Gate flanked by brilliant-red Japanese maples, is definitely one of the most striking, if you had to choose one.
 
Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap (Mount Rainier)
Mount Rainier is full of fall hikes that are a treat for the senses, an easy September and October hike around Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap will surround you with a palette of warm colors to counter the frigid alpine air.
 

"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen" #fallcolor #sheeplaketrail #wanderwashington #pnwlife #alpinelakes #autumn🍁

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Author: Matt Wakefield

Matt is Travel Tacoma + Pierce County's communications manager. He's a Pacific Northwest native and outdoor enthusiast. He's also a minimalist, so we'll stop here.

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