Fall is a breathtaking time of year, when leaves turn orange and forests begin to burst with color. While springtime brings some of the best wildflower hikes
, autumn is all about leaves when the foliage morphs everything into magical wonderlands. It’s no secret that this time of year is beautiful—but have you ever stopped to wonder why? How exactly do the leaves turn these vibrant colors? Why are some yellow while others are red? And what makes it all so captivating?
The answers to these questions and more lie below in our roundup of fall foliage fun facts. Check them out before your next autumn adventure.
If you don’t know where to go to see the changing leaves check out our guide on the best national parks to visit in fall