It's that time of year again: crisp air, cozy scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and leaves that change from green to a rainbow of colors.
Traveling to view the best fall foliage has long been popular in the United States, but if you haven't been on a leaf-peeping trip of your own yet, you might be wondering where you should go.
Here are some of the most popular fall foliage spots in the U.S. to consider for an autumn vacation.
Vermont is known for having some of the best variety of colors when it comes to fall foliage; you'll find everything from yellow to orange to red to purple there, along with some impressive mountainous landscapes. Check out the Green Mountain and Mad River Byways for some of the best drives. Be sure to book things like accommodation ahead of time — Vermont is extremely popular this time of year.
Looking for those New England fall colors, but want to see them without the crowds and high prices? Head to Maine. Maine is great if you want to pair your leaf-peeping with some coastal views and lighthouses in Portland, or with a visit to the state's largest lake (Moosehead), where you can also enjoy some outdoor adventure activities like white water rafting or hiking.
Traverse City is a small town in north east Michigan, not far from the shores of Lake Michigan. The town is best known for its cherry production and associated festival, but the area also boasts some great fall colors. Take a road trip around the Old Mission Peninsula to see the reds and oranges, and perhaps visit a winery along the way. Before leaving, make sure to drive out to the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, too.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which borders between North Carolina and Tennessee, is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. It's also an ideal place to spot some brilliant fall colors. The park is home to more than 100 species of trees that turn a variety of colors, and also has more than 800 miles of scenic roads and hiking trails to make appreciating the colors easy. Because the Smoky Mountains is further south, the fall foliage season is later in the year.
Crested Butte hugs the tip of Kebler Pass Road, home to Colorado’s largest aspen grove, and it bursts into brilliant golds and oranges each and every fall. Visit early in the season due to the altitude, colors peak in Colorado before they do in lower-lying states.
You may not immediately think of the American Southwest when you think of fall foliage, but, believe it or not, there are some great colors to be seen in this part of the country, too. The best way to see the colors of the native aspens here is to drive the 83-mile-long Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway loop that begins and ends in the town of Taos.
On the West Coast, some of the best fall colors can be found in the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Gorge is already popular year round with visitors, but offers up a special (and colorful) treat in the fall. The leaves here change colors at different times in the season depending on altitudes. Arguably the most scenic spot is Multnomah Falls, just east of Portland.
This of course isn't an exhaustive list – there are many more great locations to visit for fall foliage fans. Do you have a favorite to add?
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