As summer winds down, long, sun-drenched days are replaced by a chillier and more cozy ambiance. But autumn brings a lot to look forward to—from pumpkin patches and corn mazes to nature's annual art show: fall foliage. Across the country, people head out to witness how America's landscapes transform from green to shades of red, orange and gold.
While the charming towns of New England may get the most attention for their leaf-peeping experiences, the best fall foliage in the USA truly spans from coast to coast, including the rugged Rocky Mountains, Midwestern nature reserves and West Coast forests.
Our guide to fall foliage in the U.S. includes a few places you may have heard of, but we also offer lesser-known routes—with fewer tourists—with just as picturesque of views. So grab your camera and a cozy sweater and hit the road to witness the natural spectacle of fall foliage in the U.S.