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14 Fall Foliage Destinations to See Changing Leaves

14. Aspen, Colorado

There’s more to do than ski in Aspen. The mixture of intoxicating yellows and mighty evergreens is enough to keep visitors coming from all over the world. You have to be precise with your travel plans, however, as Aspen’s prime foliage viewing happens during the last two weeks of September.

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13. The Catskills, New York

As you’re driving up to visit Woodstock in mid-October, you will be able to take in some of the most sought after foliage in the country. Be sure to stay at one of the famed bed and breakfasts in the area.

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12. Oakland, Maryland

As its name would suggest, this area is covered with miles of breathtaking trees. If you plan your trip in early October, you will be able to attend the town’s Autumn Glory Festival which draws thousands of people from surrounding towns.

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11. Stillwater, Minnesota

From a cruise on a 19th-century paddleboat down the St. Croix River, it is easy to see what brings visitors to the area. The banks of the river are lined with a gorgeous array of colorful trees.

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10. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

As fall comes closer, the heart of Missouri says goodbye to many of its tourists and says hello to perfect temperatures and colorful leaves. Enjoy the beauty of nature through one of the hiking trails or on the scenic highway.

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9. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

In the largest forest system in this part of the country, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the pleasures that nature has to offer. Spend a day in one of the two dozen parks across the peninsula.

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8. Hoosier National Forest, Indiana

Indiana's Hoosier National Forest experiences its peak color during October when poplars, sycamores, and maples undergo a shocking transformation. When you need to take a break from your driving tour, book some spa time at French Lick Resort and recharge.

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7. Stowe, Vermont

While taking in the leaves, you can stay in the Trapp Family Lodge (yes, that Trapp Family). Enjoy the views of both the Green and Worcester mountain ranges as you breathe in the cool autumn air.

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6. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

At the Washington border, the Cascades form a nesting ground for the outstanding beauty that nature is capable of producing. Hike the gorge itself or kayak along the river as you enjoy the trees along the banks.

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5. The Berkshires, Massachusetts

One of several New England destinations on this list, western Massachusetts is a great break from the bustle of New York City and Boston. Here, visitors love to take advantage of the outdoor spas that offer views of the lush foliage.

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4. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Much of this town appears untouched by the passage of time. The famed trees are no exception, as they line the Coastal Byway’s scenic views of the Atlantic ocean. Make sure to stop by the Strawbery Banke Museum.

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3. Whitefish, Montana

Nearing Glacier National Park, visitors pass through this area in search of vivid larch trees. Before they have hidden away for the winter, be sure to catch some of the wildlife, such as elk and bears.

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2. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee

With deep reds and golds that can be seen from miles away, the over 800 miles of trails and roadways are a nature lover’s dream. There is an almost unfathomable variety of plant and animal life in this area.

1. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

One of the most popular fall foliage drives is down Snake Road, just north of the river. Whether you are hiking or taking a hot air balloon ride, you are sure to see the hills ablaze with color.

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