The 15 Best Places to See Fall Foliage Across America

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Vineyard field in fall
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Canoe full of people on a lake
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Daingerfield State Park, Texas

Located in northeast Texas, Daingerfield State Park is filled with pines, sweetgum, oak and maple trees that offer spectacular shades of red and gold in the fall.

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Fall colors in New Mexico
Taos Canyon, New Mexico

Head to New Mexico for a golden sea of aspen trees. One of the best ways to experience the orange and yellow colors is by hiking, cycling or driving through Taos Canyon between Angel Fire and Taos, New Mexico

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Fall colors in Napa Valley
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California

Head to Wine Country and walk through the Redwood Trail to photograph bright, yellow black oaks and big-leaf maples. The ferns, wild grapes and spicebush also add vibrant colors to the scene.

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Japenese Gardens in the fall
Seattle Japanese Garden

Photograph Seattle Japanese Garden's dazzling orange and red maples during Free First Thursday or admire the fall colors during a traditional tea ceremony in the garden.

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Water fall at Silver Falls in Oregon
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Check out the splashes of color throughout Oregon's Silver Falls State Park. Snap a picture of the leaves near the waterfalls to try and capture the tranquil scene.

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Falls colors along a highway in Alabama
DeSoto State Park, Alabama

There's no shortage of color in Alabama's DeSoto State Park, where yellow poplars, red dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories paint the landscape beginning in mid-October.

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Bright fall colors next to mountains in Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado's Pike Peak region offers leaf-peeping opportunities by foot, car, train, hot air balloon and more. See the various hues from Cripple's Creek, Barr Trail or Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

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Bright fall colors at a park in Wyoming
Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Perfect for viewing fall foliage from early to mid-September, Grand Tetons National Park showcases orange, yellow and occasionally red colors in its cottonwood and aspen trees.

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Red fall colors in Arkansas
Ozark Mountain Region, Arkansas

The Ozarks are one of the most colorful destinations for autumn colors. Plantlife here includes blackgum, hickory, sassafras, maple and more trees whose colors vary from red, orange, yellow and even purple.

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Fall colors along a river in Kentucky
Red River Gorge: Stanton, Kentucky

A premier destination for fall hikes, Kentucky's Red River Gorge also offers a diverse plant species including sugar maples and white pines, which create a stunning, colorful autumn scene. 

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Fall colors along Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

As days get shorter in mid to late October, Mississippi's hardwood trees begin to show their colors. Enjoy the view on 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway from Little Mountain Overlook or Old Town Overlook.

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Fall colors along highway in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina

In Chimney Rock State Park, view purple-ish dogwoods and bright orange sourwoods from Hickory Nut Falls, or discover panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills from Chimney Rock

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Autumn trees in the Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

In the Smoky Mountains, colors transform from high elevation to low, causing the leaves to change for several weeks. From early to mid-October, view the change from Clingmans Dome or Carlos Campbell Overlook.

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Fall colors at a lake in New York
Adirondack Mountains, New York

Fall more in love with New York where quaking aspens, red maples and yellow birch trees cover the Adirondack's from mountaintop to valley low in one of the country's longest foliage season.

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Leaves falling to the ground
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Three Rivers State Park, Florida

The colors of Florida's pines and hardwoods are best viewed in Three Rivers State Park where visitors can camp, look for wildlife and hike while admiring the pigments of the season.

By Jasmyn Snipes Louis

To some, fall foliage—the annual progressive changing of leaves—is the most wonderful time of the year. There are just so many things to love about the autumn season including sweater weather, fall festivals, apple orchards and all things pumpkin spice. What's even better is the opportunity to enjoy these seasonal activities while surrounded by beautiful landscapes of red, orange, yellow and gold colors. 

Throughout the United States, parks, mountains and valleys get consumed with these bright hues that are so stunning you will hardly believe your eyes. Make sure you have a camera on hand while visiting these destinations, you'll want to remember these scenes when the seasons change. 

Jasmyn Snipes Louis
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