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10 of the Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the United States 2021

Mark your calendars for this fall foliage tour


If you love the colors that the fall season brings, we’ve got your guide for when and where to catch the best fall foliage colors across the United States.


Below are our picks for the best places to see fall foliage throughout the country and when it's best to visit. In general, the best times to see the colors of fall are at the end of September in the north and in the middle of October in the south.


Stow, Vermont

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early September to Late-October
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Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash

A Fall wonderland, Vermont offers not just some of the best views of autumn in the country, but also packs the season with fall festivals, events, activities and seasonal favorites such as apple cider, maple syrups and more.


Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Mid October - Early November
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Photo by Marco Becerra on Flickr

Filled with hiking trails and driving routes to see the most beautiful fall colors, during mid-late October and into early November there is plenty of peak fall foliage to see.


Yosemite National Park, California

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Mid October - Late October
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Photo by Rakshith Hatwar on Unsplash

Although you may not catch as many fall colors here due to the amount of evergreen trees, there are patches of dogwood and maple trees that contribute to the already gorgeous landscape that is well worth the visit.


Aspen, Colorado

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Mid September - Early October
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Photo by Connor DeMott on Unsplash

Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and colors of fall of Aspen by partaking in the local fall favorite activity, mountain biking. Along with biking, visitors can also enjoy the peak fall foliage by hiking, fishing or any of the other many activities Aspen provides.


Catskill Mountains, New York

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early October - Mid October
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Photo by Matej Sefcik on Unsplash

Fall in the Catskills is truly festive with unique things to do and see along with the cascading mountains of fall foliage. Enjoy corn mazes, pumpkin picking, craft beer tours and hiking trails along with the view of fall colors.



Niagara Falls, New York

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early October - Mid October
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Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash

Fall brings vibrate reds, oranges, yellows and gold to compliment the vast blue waterfalls of Niagara Falls. With tourism typically down at this time of the year, you may enjoy smaller crowds along with gorgeous fall foliage, seasonal events and attractions.



Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early October - Late October
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Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

From corn mazes, cable car rides and funnel cakes to fall foliage, festivals and driving the fork nature trail, Gatlinburg, Tennessee truly has it all for fall.


Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early September - Mid October
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Photo by Balazs Busznyak on Unsplash

Spot moose near the Great North Woods, visit one of the covered bridges or take a scenic drive and enjoy the fall foliage views of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early October - Late October
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Photo by Akhila Katuri on Unsplash

Take in the views of the fall foliage of Shenandoah National Park from the skyline drive, by taking a hike or visiting the Skyland Resort for a meal with a view.


Letchworth State Park, New York

Best times to visit for peak fall foliage: Early October - Mid October
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Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth offers beautiful fall foliage views along with cliffs and cascading water falls while also providing trails for walking or hiking to take them in.



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