Top Spots in the U.S. for Fall Foliage

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As the crisp weather moves in and the hot weather moves out, the leaves start to change colors. This is one of my favorite parts of the season. The yellow, orange and red leaves can make a spectacular sight! But where do you catch the best fall colors? Here are a few of the top spots in the U.S. for fall foliage.

Top Spots in the U.S. for Fall Foliage

Lake Placid, New York – The fall colors of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, NY are a sight you don’t want to miss. The Olympic Trail Scenic Byway runs through Lake Placid and is filled with trees like beech, birch, red maples, silver maples, oaks and aspen. The 170-mile byway won a silver medal from Travel and Leisure for autumn foliage. Fall foliage starts peaking the last two weeks of September.

Stowe, Vermont– Stowe, VT is well-known for its sugar maple trees that showcase beautiful colors like scarlet, orange and gold. The foliage in Stowe can be seen throughout the Green Mountains and Worcester Mountains. Stowe, VT is the home to the Trapp Family Lodge. The best time to see the foliage here is from the end of September to the middle part of October.

Whitefish, Montana– There is really nothing more beautiful than the stunning mountains that frame Whitefish. Whitefish is the gateway to Glacier National Park. The fall foliage season in this area features dark evergreens and golden aspen trees.

Aspen, Colorado– Aspen, CO fall foliage peaks in the latter part of September. Aspen is named after the aspen trees, which are known for changing into a beautiful golden color. The best foliage views in Aspen are along Castle Creek Road, the Maroon Bells and Cathedral Lake.

Arcadia National Park, Maine– The beauty of Maine fall foliage is especially evident in Arcadia National Park. The park features thousands of acres of beautiful colors during foliage season.

Flagstaff, Arizona– Flagstaff, AZ is known as the autumn capital of Arizona. Between the sunshine, crisp air and golden leaves, it is a must-see fall foliage spot.

What are YOUR favorite spots to view the fall foliage??

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  1.' Michele Pineda says:

    Living in Central Maine I have a great view of the foliage, and the trees are just starting to change as it is now getting cooler at night time. I was in Northern Maine near the Canadian border a few days ago working and the trees are a little better up there but we still have a few more weeks to go until peak time for viewing up there.

  2. Fall is my favorite time of year partly because I love all of the beautiful colors! So I would love to visit some of these places!

  3. These all sound like beautiful places to visit in the fall! I’d love to check out a few in the years to come!

  4.' shelly peterson says:

    I love seeing trees change color. Some places are so beautiful in the Fall.

  5. Oh one day to visit the North East in the fall – I’d love it. For now, my fave place is my front yard – I have one tree that turns!

  6. I’m from Vermont so I think Stowe is best. We have beautiful foliage!

  7. I love this list! We love to go see leaves when they are changing colors in the mountains.

  8. Fall Foliage is so pretty! I am glad you shared a few places to go check it out. I would love to take a little drive to see some leafs changing color!

  9. Thanks for sharing this. My wife and I love fall foliage and we can’t find any in Texas. Maine is in our bucket list so we may just visit it for the beautiful fall foliage this fall

  10. I love all of the colors of fall. We like to take a drive through our forest preserves here in Illinois and see all of the beautiful fall colors that way.

  11. I haven’t been to any of those places. The only places I have been is in the NC and Virginia mountains

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