Pictures Speak Louder Than Words: Fall Foliage in the Pacific Northwest

Home to year-round natural beauty, the Pacific Northwest is particularly stunning during the fall months as the deep green hues of the region’s evergreen forests serve as a backdrop to brilliant reds and vibrant golds of the Maples, Alderwood and Tamarack trees.

Fall foliage is something to look forward to across the country, with each region offering its own unique take on the phenomenon, but the serene vistas of the Northwest are singularly awe-inspiring. One can read and write about the warm colors and winding roads – and indeed many have – but the truest representation of the Northwest’s fall beauty can only be captured by photographs, and only fully enjoyed in person.

Red Lion has deep roots in the Northwest, and as proud advocates of the region, we are happy to host locals and visitors alike each fall at our collection of Pacific Northwest hotels. The region is known as a haven for outdoor adventure of all kinds, and fall is the perfect time of year to get out and explore the area, thanks to welcoming weather and beautiful views that make for stunning photographs. From scenic drives, challenging hikes and exhilarating bike rides to leisurely strolls and lazy picnics, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Northwest.

Our Top Pacific Northwest Fall Foliage Destinations:

  • McKenzie River Highway

This 100-mile stretch of road between Sisters and Eugene, Oregon, follows the McKenzie River through Ponderosa Pine and Cedar trees. Red Lion Inn & Suites Eugene is a convenient home away from home for McKenzie River Highway explorers.

  • Mount Rainier

This iconic mountain is more than just one of America’s most impressive national parks – it’s a fantastic place to drive across the stunning Cascade Mountains in search of blazing fall colors. Red Lion’s hotel in Kent is within reasonable driving distance of the park.

  • Thousand Springs Scenic Byway

Drive Interstate 84 from Bliss to Twin Falls, Idaho, and you’re sure to spot some scenic foliage – along with some of the nation’s most exceptional geological features. This relatively brief drive is within minutes of Red Lion Hotel Twin Falls.

With a little research and planning, you can capture the breathtaking beauty of the Northwest foliage during a fall vacation to any of our destinations in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho or Nevada. Plan your trip, pack your bags and don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the beauty of the fall foliage as you drive, hike and bike your way through the vivid Northwest foliage.

Our welcoming staff is full of local knowledge and will happily help make sure you see the very best local destinations before returning to comfortable, clean accommodations. Your trip promises memories to last a lifetime, and plenty of pictures to share with friends and family.