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It’s the fall, y’all! The seasons are changing and there’s no better time to flock to the forest and view the tree’s last vibrant show before the leaves and landscapes give way to winter.
If you’re looking for the best areas across the USA to dazzle at mother nature’s colorful display, check out the below famous fall foliage destinations:
1. New York
New York not only boasts a beautiful display of fall foliage, but the state also make’s viewing easy with the tourism department’s weekly fall foliage report. The weekly report and map details leaf-turning status around the state, giving visitors insight into the best time and place to view fall colors. Head to Lake Placid for a striking show of color along the Olympic Trail Scenic Byway, or to Catskills for colors and harvest festivals in the region’s historic villages.
Vermont claims to have the best fall foliage in the world. The state’s stunning fall colors attract 3.5 million leaf peeping visitors every autumn to take in the famous foliage. Forests cover 75% of Vermont, and the state has the highest percentage of maple trees in the country, which makes it the perfect place to take in fall colors. Ensure you visit at the perfect time by calling Vermont’s foliage hotline before heading out.
From the wildlife in Estes Park, to the radiant riversides of Glenwood Springs, to the golden mountains of Snowmass Village, there’s no denying the beauty of autumn in Colorado. During fall months, Colorado puts on its most beautiful show as the aspen trees change and the leaves color the state. Though fall foliage doesn’t last as long in some mountain areas, the stunning display of color is worth catching while you can.
4. The Pacific Northwest
The lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest lends itself to gorgeous colors during the fall. The ever present vine maple tree turns yellow, orange and red, while the larch and aspen trees contribute shades of yellow and gold. From the Columbia River Gorge and Mckenzie River Highway in Oregon, to Snoquaimie Washington and Northern Idaho, the Pacific Northwest puts on a colorful show every autumn that’s not-to-be-missed.
5. New Hampshire
Boasting the highest summits in the Northeast, jagged lake district and Great North Woods, New Hampshire’s landscape was made for fall foliage. Ride the Winnipesaukee scenic railroad in Meredith or take in the colors from atop Mt. Monadnock (the most-climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere).