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Best Cities to See Fall Leaves

Leaf It to Us — 21 Places to See the Most Spectacular Fall Foliage in America

America really likes to show off in the Fall months. All you have to do is take a look around to see the incredible colors the amazing season has to offer. It's just about to be leaf-peeping season, so before you go on the hunt, make sure to know where you're headed. We have uncovered the absolute best places for foliage freaks to check out in the country. Keep reading to see the places you should add to your American bucket list!

1. Saranac Lake, NY

Set in the Adirondack Mountains, Saranac Lake is know for its postcard-worthy Fall leaves. Whether you love to hike and paddle in the outdoors or enjoy masterpieces by local artists, this area has something for everyone.

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2. Gatlinburg, TN

Conveniently located right at the entrance of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg attracts more than 11 million visitors a year. Stay downtown in one of the mountain resorts and adventure around the outskirts of the city to view the vibrant foliage.

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3. Napa, CA

The vineyards of Napa Valley turn beautiful colors in the Fall. Known as one of the wine capitals of the world, the city has over 4,000 wineries for you to try out. Many of them have gorgeous views of the changing leaves.

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4. Stowe, VT

Stowe may be known for its awesome snow in the Winter, but it's truly a hidden gem in the Fall. Go on a long hike or take in the views from the town's quaint downtown area.

5. Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry, a town founded in the 19th century, is rich with history. It's nestled among thousands of trees that are an incredible sight in Autumn. Check out the cute boutique shops and local eateries while downtown.

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6. Munising, MI

Situated on the edge of Lake Superior, Munising consists of 15 miles of shorelines. The rocky cliffs along the water are lined with colorful foliage you can hike through. You might even see a waterfall!

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7. Litchfield Hills, CT

Head to Litchfield Hills and follow the winding roads that will lead you to bountiful forests. This small town is also surrounded by lots of little lakes that are great to follow for long walks.

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8. Blue Ridge Parkway, VA

The leaves of Blue Ridge Parkway are at their most beautiful around mid-October. Take a long drive around the city or rent a cabin surrounded by trees.

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9. Cherokee, NC

The leaves are amazing here, but that's just the beginning of what Cherokee has to offer. You can go hiking in the Great Smokies, go arts and crafts shopping, or view the native elk herds. There are also many hiking trails specifically designed for peeping leaves.

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10. Park City, UT

Park City is filled with a huge variety of activities, and Fall is a great time to go — it's not too busy. Explore the surrounding mountains to take in the trees and enjoy an incredible meal at one of the city's awesome restaurants.

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11. Deerfield, MA

This 18th-century New England village is in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. After taking in the leaves, tour the historical buildings and marvel at the architecture from centuries ago.

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12. Fish Creek, WI

Fish Creek is the perfect place to relax and take leisurely strolls through the trees. You can also explore the coastline of Lake Michigan or visit the local wineries.

13. Mountain Lakes, NJ

Check out the walking trails of Mountain Lakes to get the best views. The mountain resort town is small and lively, an ideal place for a leisurely vacation.

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14. Sugar Hill, NH

This tiny town is totally worth a visit for committed leaf peepers. The Fall colors will not disappoint. Stay at the charming Sugar Hill Inn to enjoy great food and local artwork.

15. Manchester, VT

The recently renovated downtown of Manchester is a great place to visit if you love local charm. The area is covered in color-changing trees and it offers over 40 eateries to choose from.

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16. Ontonagon, MI

You'll never see anything quite like the tree-covered mountains that surround Ontonagon. Plan a weekend at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park or explore the Ontonagon Lighthouse.

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17. Ridgway, CO

Ridgway offers an array of activities for people who love the outdoors. Seeing the plant life change from green to oranges and yellows is worth the drive. The downtown area looks like it's straight out of a Western movie.

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18. Adirondacks, NY

Visiting the Adirondacks is an experience so memorable it should be put on your bucket list. Not only is it one of the most well-known places to enjoy Fall foliage, but it's also filled with activities for every personality type. The growing microbrewery scene is also worth checking out.

19. Aspen, CO

Make sure to visit Aspen around mid-September to see the city's incredible leaves. The city is lively and metropolitan in the downtown area with quiet nature surrounding it. Fall is a great time to visit because most tourists flood the area in the wintertime.

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20. The Catskills, NY

You'll go to visit the colorful trees, but you'll stay for the outdoor activities, farm-to-table meals, and live music venues. The Catskills is a cool place to unwind and relax.

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21. Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville was home to three founding fathers, so it's filled with fascinating historical landmarks. The parks, gardens, and forests that are in the area turn beautiful colors.

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