WELLSBORO, Pa. (TNS) — A popular destination for many residents of the Twin Tiers — the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, also known as the Pine Creek Gorge — is one of the top leaf-peeping spots in the country, according to Thrillist.
In an article titled “America’s Best Places to See Fall Colors (That Aren’t in New England),” the website of food, drink, travel and entertainment notes, “For far too long, the conversation about which dense patches of chlorophyll-deprived trees has focused on New England. Yes, leaves look nice with covered bridges in the background. The humble people of Massachusetts have made sure to talk about it every other sentence for years. But across the rest of the country, trees are popping off too. And while some of our favorite places out west are currently under siege by wildfires, there’s so much to see across the country. Here are our favorite non-New England spots for 2020. “
And here’s how writers Kastalia Medrano, and Matt Meltzer describe the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon:
”Cutting a jaw-dropping swath through central Pennsylvania’s Tioga State Forest, Pine Creek Gorge is lovingly known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
”Unlike its western counterpart, though, this place absolutely explodes with color come autumn.
“Here you can soak in panoramic views by hiking in Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Point State Park, or get wild on the 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail, a bike route that speeds through the canyon and between adorable small towns.”
Other spots on the Thrillist list are the Upper Peninsula, Michigan; Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; Aspen, Colorado; Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina; Adirondack Mountains, New York; Denali National Park, Alaska; Minnesota’s North Shore; The Ozarks in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma; Chuckanut Drive, Washington; and Brasstown Bald, Georgia.