View Beautiful Fall Color Near These Military Bases
Fall is my favorite time of year!
I am well aware that I add to the pre-existing stereotype, but it's the truth. I'm certain that many of you are rolling your eyes right now, while others are comforted as I express your own sentiments. The fall season means relief from the summer heat, it smells like pumpkins and cinnamon, and it means we can wear boots and cardigans once again.
Some of us have to drive home or go on vacation to appreciate the joys of fall, hear the crunching of leaves beneath our feet, or take in the beautiful hues of trees changing, while other, more fortunate people live in ideal fall locations, or what I personally like to call heaven.
Wherever you're stationed, come along and take a fall tour across the country near these 3 military installations and then see what else they each have to offer!
1) Ft. Drum, New York
If you're stationed in upstate New York at Army post Fort Drum, you don’t have to go far to enjoy this glorious season.
According to the official site, “Fort Drum, [is] home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), located in northern New York's picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States.”
It's located just 30 miles from the Canadian border, 30 miles East of Lake Ontario, and slightly west of the Adirondack Mountains, as well as numerous state forests.
Things to Do
Fort Drum has more to offer than beautiful scenery! When you get to town, check out Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Boldt Castle, Black River Drive-in movies, splash pads, wineries, farmers markets, and Adirondack River Outfitters for some white water rafting.
If your spouse is anything like mine and these outings don't appeal to them, you can reassure them that hunting is legal in the state of New York and point them to the list of the regulations at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Fort Drum Housing
Whether you know someone who already lives in the area or need to find out more about Ft. Hood, take a look at our base information page regarding Fort Drum. You'll find information about Fort Drum military housing, schools, military spouse employment, and more!
2) Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
One base you may not realize has beautiful fall foliage nearby is Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
Sedona near Luke AFB. Image from Canva.
Located west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the Air Force’s only active duty F-16 training wing. As part of AETC (Air Education and Training Command), the 56th graduates hundreds of air control professionals annually.
Things to Do
Though the base is located in the desert, it's just a short two-hour drive from popular Sedona, Arizona, also known as Red Rock Country. According to the Gateway to Sedona,
“Sedona is now recognized as a favorite US Southwest vacation destination. Drawn first by the incredible scenery, visitors look forward to the many activities and experiences they can have in Sedona. For outdoor fun, there's hiking or biking along beautiful, well marked trails, jeep and other scenic tours, and golf.”
If you want to see the beautiful hues of fall consume Red Rock Country, the peak color season runs from mid-October to early November.
Luke AFB Housing
Learn more about military housing at Luke AFB and peruse Luke AFB houses for sale or rent on MilitaryByOwner.
3) USCG Station Portland, Oregon
Fall in Portland, Oregon. Image from Canva.
If you've ever visited the state of Oregon, you know that it is absolutely beautiful! Listed as one of the Best Fall Foliage drives in the state, Portland is even more beautiful this time of year.
According to its official site, “USCG Station Portland is manned 365 days a year, 24 hours a day for response to Search and Rescue Emergencies, Recreational Boating Safety, and Homeland Security Missions.”
Things To Do
Portland is not just another pretty city. The area has a great deal to offer, whether you live there or are just visiting. Some of Portland’s must-see places include the Oregon Zoo, Portland Farmers Market, and the Portland Japanese Garden.
Travel Portland has a great deal of other activities listed that you must see when you are in town. Beyond the local tourism, the Portland area has a lot to offer outdoors. Located nearby is Silver Falls State Park, Forest Park, and many outdoor trails for hiking and running. The landscape is beautiful year-round, but if you're looking to enjoy the warm colors of autumn, it's best to plan your time outside in October.
USCG Station Portland Housing