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Where to Check Out Fall Colors
If you want to see some beautiful fall colors, you can travel far or, most likely, you also can stay close to home. Sherman Travels’ Top 10 Fall Foliage Travel Destinations includes locations all around the country.
Topping the list is Aspen, Colorado. The aspens for which this famous ski town is named are not as colorful as the hardwood forests of some other areas of the country. However, what they lack in color they more than make up for in grace and in the rest of the area’s spectacular scenery.
In the Catskills of New York, a wide variety of trees contribute to the explosion of color, especially in early to mid-October. You can stay at any of the area’s quaint bed-and-breakfasts, antique shops and farmer’s markets. Or, after you have seen your fill of leaves, drive 100 miles to New York City for a different kind of color.
The Columbia River Gorge, which is on the border of Oregon and Washington, is spectacular any time of year, but it is especially beautiful in early to mid-October, when its colorful trees provide a magnificent background for the area’s waterfalls and for the river itself.
Check out the maple leaves turning color in the eastern townships of Quebec, Canada. And while you are there, enjoy the quaint and beautiful small towns that celebrate the French heritage of America’s neighbor to the north.
The Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee are farther south, so their foliage peaks a little later, in October to November. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited national park in the country, and fall is a particularly lovely time to visit.
Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri also has a later season. You can enjoy the foliage as you hike along the area’s trails or spend some time fishing or just enjoying the water in Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
Sherman’s New England location is Litchfield Hills in Connecticut, in the foothills of the Berkshires. You can hike, bike or drive through the forest colors, or you can enjoy them from a hot air balloon or from a boat on the Housatonic River.
The Lost Maples Natural Area in Texas is the location of a relatively rare maple, the Uvalde Bigtooth, which shows its colors in mid-October to mid-November.
The leaves on the buckeye trees from which Ohio takes its nickname don’t usually make it into fall, but there are lots of other trees that create beautiful color all the way through October.
Washington County, Maine, has the famous beauty of fall in New England--without the crowds. Plus, you can enjoy a fresh-caught lobster dinner after a day of looking at the leaves.