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Top 10 Best Fall Foliage

Written by: Editorial Staff

October 31, 2011
Filed Under Holidays, Nature 

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One of the top ten best fall foliageContributed by Lisa Pratto, Top 10 Guru

Autumn is an amazing and beautiful time of year.

The leaves are ablaze with the reds, golds and oranges of the season and the perennials are putting on one last show before the snow flies. Get out and enjoy the season in all its glory. Fall color is available almost everywhere but here are the top 10 best fall foliage spots.

10. Maine

One of the top ten fall foliage

Grab your sunglasses. A quiet drive along the Atlantic coast shows visitors the beauty that is Maine. In fact, it may be the Pine Tree State but it has some of the best fall foliage, too.

9. Vermont

One of the top ten fall foliage

To many travelers, a fall color tour in Vermont is the quintessential autumn drive. Renowned for its undisturbed natural beauty, Vermont has some great fall vistas for both professional and amateur photographers.

8. Minnesota

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The leaves in northern Minnesota lose that chlorophyll early, sometimes as early as the first few days of September. Grab a cardigan sweater and head out for a walk around one of the many lakes and the best fall foliage of the season.

7. West Virginia

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Everything is bigger and better in West Virginia, from the huge rhododendrons in the spring to the amazing color changes of autumn. In fact, the fall dam drops on the Gauley River are considered some of the best river rafting in the country.

6. Tennessee

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The lovely colors of Tennessee’s best fall foliage are best observed from the many rivers and streams of the Volunteer State.

5. Wisconsin

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The lakeshore and Wisconsin Dells may both be popular spots in the summer but fall in Wisconsin is ruled by country backroads, farmers markets and apple orchards. Be sure to dig out that famous apple pie recipe.

4. Colorado

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Aspen. Breckenridge. Telluride. The names conjure up images of winter skiing but they also have riotous fall foliage color.

3. Southern Illinois

One of the top ten fall foliage

Rural and rugged southern Illinois is great for hiking and biking in the back woods to see all the fall color. The warmer temperatures help the season lasts well into November.

2. New York

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From Central Park in the fall to the untouched beauty of upstate, New York is a great place to pack a picnic basket and head out for a day in nature.

1. Michigan

One of the top ten fall foliage

Maybe I am a little biased, but Michigan has some of the best fall foliage in the country. The popular scenic, “Circle” drives along the coast and around each of the Great Lakes make for a fabulous weekend getaway.

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