Summer is coming to a close but the best of autumn is hot on its heels. Soon, some of the country's most scenic spots will turn into a spectacle of yellow, gold, orange, and red leaves and the best fall foliage in the USA will appear.
Wait, you thought leaf-peeping was only for New Englanders? Think again. There are places all over the U.S. that flourish with fall colors. In the South, you’ll find dogwood, sassafras, and maple trees in hues of gold and red through November. In the Upper Midwest, you’ll spot birch, sycamore, and tamarack trees that transform in late September and October. Even in the Pacific Northwest, the trees put on a show from mid-September through mid-October.
Our list of where to see the best fall foliage in the USA covers a lot of ground, from New Mexico to Oregon and Missouri, with plenty of surprising destinations in between. Ready for a fall getaway, or even just a leaf-peeping day trip? Grab your camera and hit the road, because this is one picturesque escape you won't forget.
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As you peep those leaves, some of our other favorite outdoor autumn activities will be waiting along the way. From the finest corn mazes to the best places to go apple picking, there's plenty of Americana to help you celebrate sweater weather. And for those who don't mind a little fall chill, don't forget to book a site beneath all that beautiful fall foliage at one of the best campgrounds in the U.S.