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10 Top Leaf Peeping Destinations for Fall Family Fun

September 15, 2023

Get ready foliage fanatics, it's your favorite time of year. Scarves on, PSL's in hand, it's time to head out for leaf peeping. We're highlighting 10 places in the USA to see some fantastic fall color. So, leaf no stone unturned and dive right into this kaleidoscope of color.

1. Vermont - Maple Madness
Vermont it the classic go-to for fall color and it's no wonder why with their miles and miles of maples and more. Have the perfect autumn getaway in the Green Mountain State with a drive down Route 100 that'll feel like an autumn wonderland.

2. Aspen, Colorado - Gold Rush
The name says it all, Aspen, where the trees turn gold along a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Whether you're hiking the Maroon Bells or shopping in town, you'll definitely be feeling the Rocky Mountain high.

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3. The Great Smoky Mountains - Blue Ridge Bliss
The popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a go-to destination for beautiful color and mountains a-plenty. Set the GPS for the Blue Ridge Parkway for picture-perfect views of the autumn extravaganza.

4. New Hampshire - Foliage Fiesta
Don't let Vermont steal the show, New Hampshire's got its fair share of fiery reds and oranges. A cruise down the Kancamagus Highway is the stuff leaf-peeping legends are made of.

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5. Upper Peninsula, Michigan - Upper Leaf-opia
Hate the crowds, love the color? Head to Michigan's Upper Peninsula full of forests, lakes, and rugged landscapes, it's a hidden gem for fall foliage. Two of our faves? The Porcupine Mountains and Tahquamenon Falls State Park will not disappoint.

6. The Berkshires, Massachusetts - Artsy Autumn
If you like a little culture with your fall color, the Berkshires will fit the bill. Admire trees along with world-class art, theater, and cuisine. Now that's multitasking we can get behind.

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7. Indiana - Bridge Bonanza
Whether it's the bridges of Madison County or the winding roads of the Brown County State Park, Indiana's fall colors are on point. Quaint towns along the way give plenty of opps for soaking up the scenery.

8. Oregon - Pacific Wonderland
While New England gets a lot of leafy love, don't sleep on the Pacific Northwest. Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is an underrated masterpiece. Witness waterfalls, cliffs, and fall foliage in one epic road trip.

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9. Arkansas - Ozark Odyssey
There's more to the Ozarks than banjos and crime dramas. You can add some incredible leaf-peeping to the list. The Ozark National Forest and Buffalo River Scenic Area are two definite destinations for your next fall color adventure. 

10. Washington - Cascading Colors
The Evergreen State's got plenty of, well evergreens, but it still offers up some magnificent fall foliage. The Stevens Pass Greenway or Olympic Peninsula provide mountains, water, and neverending color.