Sunday, November 29, 2009


New Hampshire
Leaves beginning to change color on the Swift River along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain National Forest in Albany, N.H.

South of Tahoe

Aspen trees in Carson Pass and Hope Valley along state 88 south of Tahoe, in California.

Pennsylvania Poconos
The Pennsylvania Poconos are among the state’s most popular tourist destinations. The region’s covered bridges are popular for cycling trips, while numerous lakes and rivers attract fishing enthusiasts. By autumn’s peak, the maple trees that dominate the area turn shades of orange and fiery red.

The diverse landscapes of Maine provide visitors with lots to choose from for an autumn vacation. From Sugarloaf Mountain in the west to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park in the east, visitors can enjoy scenic drives and idyllic landscapes ideal for leaf-peeping.

Rocky Mountains, Colorado
The golden hues of aspen trees in Colorado, set against the evergreens and dramatic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, provide a breathtaking landscape each fall. Plan your trip for early to mid-September, since the first snow arrives as early as October in many places around the state.

The Dolomites, Italy
In the section of the Italian Alps known as the Dolomites, the dramatic mountains rise above alpine lakes and small villages. Larch trees, native to the Alps, are one of the few conifers that drop their needles in the winter and change color in autumn, turning spectacular shades of yellow and gold.

New Mexico
New Mexico is known for its red rocks and high desert landscapes, but in the fall, the mountainsides light up as cottonwood, poplar and aspen trees transform to hues of yellow, orange and red.

From the winding Cuyahoga River in the north to the fertile farmland of Amish Country in central Ohio, dramatic fall color greets visitors across the state.

Slovenia in the Julian Alps
In the Julian Alps, eastern part of Europe’s famed Alps mountain range, Slovenia is a less-touristed destination for travelers seeking out fall color. The reflective waters of picturesque Lake Bled mirror the colorful hillsides.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, is the most-visited national park in the U.S. The striking display of turning leaves peaks later in fall (usually between mid-October and early November) and includes dozens of tree varieties including oak, maple and hickory.

Nova Scotia
The eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia is known for the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy, but also for its impressive fall foliage. Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail, nearly 200 miles long, offers views of both the coast and inland forests.

Catskills, Adirondacks of New York
New York’s Catskills and Adirondack mountains provide a variety of sweeping landscapes, from river gorges to plummeting cliffs. The most common trees — maple, oak and birch — reach their peak color between the end of September and mid-October.

Bavaria, Germany
In the region of Bavaria, in southeastern Germany, hillsides are dotted with castles, churches and palaces. Many travelers plan a trip to this area for Oktoberfest, the annual festival known for its beer, sausages and music. It’s held in late September and early October, coinciding with the months when the region is awash in fall color.

Cascade Mountains, Pacific Northwest
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Cascade mountain range provides a dramatic backdrop for the changing leaves. On clear fall days, snowcapped peaks throughout Oregon and Washington state are visible above the striking fall colors.

Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas
Texas is not as well-known for its forests and foliage as some other states, but in Lost Maples State Natural Area, the maple trees offer a spectacular display of fall color each autumn.

White Mountains, New Hampshire
In the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, visitors can enjoy scenic drives, waterfalls, river gorges and covered bridges in addition to a colorful array of fall foliage.

Japan is famous for its spectacular display of springtime cherry blossoms, but every autumn the foliage on those and other deciduous trees turns vivid shades of red, orange and yellow. At temples and parks around the country, some displays are illuminated, offering a contrasting view of the foliage in the evenings.

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