➊ Head to Silver Falls State Park outside of Silverton to gaze at the red alder and vine maple. (The waterfalls are nice, too.)
➋ Right in town, fall color peaks at Hoyt Arboretum in mid-October.
➌ In addition to beautiful changing leaves on the Salmon River Trail near Welches, this is the time of year to watch the salmon spawn in droves.
➍ The Washington side of the Columbia River gorge boasts the gorgeous Cape Horn Loop Trail, where bigleaf maples put on a show.
➎ The Portland Japanese Garden in Washington Park is a little light on the hiking, but the scenery can’t be beat. Bonus: A scavenger hunt for the littles.
Featured image courtesy Gordon Banks