Fall Foliage Guide

fall foliage guideIf you love nature's artwork during autumn, you might want to consider consulting a fall foliage guide. You'll find information on the best places to view the colors, what shade of leaves to expect, and the peak time to see them. No matter what region of the US you live in, there's sure to be a change in color indicating autumn's arrival.

Enjoy Fall Colors in the South

Although it seems like a fall foliage guide would only focus on the Northeast, the South offers some spectacular views during this season. The United States National Park Service lists Oak Mountain State Park in Alabama as one of the top five US destinations for fall colors. Green Trail leads you to the summit of Oak Mountain, which offers a sweeping vista of the colors. Primary colors include the golden hues of poplar and hickory trees, the reds of dogwoods, and the orange leaves of maples. If you want to catch the peak for the color, plan your vacation for late October to early November.

Head West for Autumn Vacations

One of the most recognized states for color tours is Colorado. If you plan to visit the state, expect to see golden and blond leaves adorning the peaks of mountains. The colors traditionally peak in the first two weeks of September, but this can vary from year to year. There are several scenic highways and byways where you can see the spectacular color, but you'll find one of the most scenic areas along Colorado 17. Beginning in Antonito and running to the border of New Mexico, this route takes you along the Conejos River Valley where you'll find some of the oldest aspen trees in the state. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad offers train tours.

Discover Fall Colors in the Midwest

When autumn arrives in Michigan, over 19 million acres of forest explode in color. That means no matter where you are in the state from late September to mid-October, you're going to see some spectacular views. Fall foliage guides normally break the state down into regions with select color tours throughout each one. Included on most of these guides, you'll find the Grand Traverse area, hosting 250 miles along Lake Michigan. To see the fall colors from a unique point of view, consider renting a hot-air balloon. Traverse City also offers tours on a twin-masted schooner. The Northern Peninsula is the home of hundreds of small towns and resorts, many of them offering views of the coast and the hardwood forests ablaze with reds, oranges, purples, and yellows. Sugarloaf Mountain, a 600-foot tall peak, overlooks Lake Superior and provides views of Escanaba State Park.

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Explore the Northeast for Fall Foliage

As the reigning champ for autumn colors in nearly every fall foliage guide, New England offers many states with spectacular views, but you might want to head to Maine. You'll find a longer season of color ranging from the last week of September to the mid-October. The area has less people than other fall vacation destinations like Vermont and New Hampshire, which means more nature. At Camden Hills State Park, you can take in Mother Nature's rainbow of color whether you're walking, hiking, or biking. You'll find the brilliant yellows and blonds of ash, birch, elm and beech; the fiery crimson colors of hornbeams, maples, and oaks; the vibrant purples of witch hazel and white ash; and the golden browns of black and white oak. The park's location atop Mount Battie affords views of Penobscot Bay and several islands. If you're up for a longer tour, Frohock Mountain bike trail covers three mountains.


We hope our fall foliage guide was helpful for you! Once you've picked out a destination (or destinations) to visit, make sure to book your rental.