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Where To Go Leaf Peeping In The U.S. In 2022

Holy foliage, these leaves are amazing.

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The Adirondacks, NY

Whether you hike to an amazing vantage point (like this picture, taken at the top of Azure Mountain), paddle a canoe in the crisp air, or meander through one of the quaint towns, a smorgasbord of fall color awaits you in The Adirondacks.

Lake Superior

The diversity of trees is what makes Michigan foliage amazing: birches, aspen, tamarack, maples, oaks, hickories and more. Lake Superior is amazing, but if you’re looking for something else, try the M-22 Color Tour which runs 116 miles around Lake Michigan.

Great Smoky Mountains

Late to leaf peeping? Try the Great Smoky Mountains in TN, where peak season goes through early Nov. Even if you’d rather not hike, you’ll be blanketed in golden and auburn trees as your drive the scenic (and winding) mountain roads.
One of the cool things about the Blue Ridge Parkway (beyond the breathtaking views) is that the speed limit is 45 MPH, so the leaves don’t pass by in a rainbow blur. America’s longest linear park (meaning longer than it is wide) runs 469 miles through VA and NC. Shutterstock

Manchester, VT

There’s nothing like Vermont in the fall. Crimson leaves pop against crystal blue skies on the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive which gives you unbridled views of five colorful mountains (including Adirondack, Taconic, and Berkshire) on a clear day.
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Telluride, CO

The mix of coniferous and deciduous trees makes the Colorado foliage truly jaw-dropping. The free gondola in Telluride is an amazing way for the whole family to take in the view (and no one has to white knuckle or hike with a toddler on their back)

Cathedral Park, Portland, OR

The Pacific Northwest may not be well-known for its foliage (because it has so many coniferous trees) but it’s there if you know where to look. Cathedral Park in Portland, OR is home to dense rust-colored leaves.
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Cold Spring, NY

For a quick day trip from NYC that’s full of fall vibes, visit Hudson Highlands State Park Reserve in the Hudson Valley. Check out the NY Foliage Report which lets you know approximately what percent of the leaves have turned in a given area.

Kancamagus Highway, NH

Lovingly called “The Kanc” by locals, the Kancamagus Highway is a fall fairy tale come true. The best time to take in the gold, crimson, and honey-colored leaves is typically the first half of October.

Taos, NM

Turns out there is foliage in the desert, especially if buttery gold and flaxen yellow leaves are what you’re after. The foliage looks especially stunning against the brown and gold architecture, and you’ll be amazed how vast and blue the sky looks.

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