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6 Spectacular Spots for Fall Foliage

Fall foliage season is upon us, with many areas reaching their peak tree peeping days in the coming days. Fortunately, you don't have to travel far to take in the brilliant fall colors.

Written by Sara Brown

All across the country, from New England to the Pacific Northwest, deciduous trees put their dazzling colors on display for all to enjoy.

Here, we list six of our favorites.

1. Finger Lakes Region

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A combination of elements make the Finger Lakes region one of the most popular places to take in the fall foliage. The cool evening temps and warm days, the amount of moisture in the air, and the types of trees all play a part in the annual colorful transformation.

Photo courtesy of VisitFingerLakes.com.

2. Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Most people visit Glacier National Park during the summer months, but the vibrant colors and virtually non-existent crowds make it a dream fall foliage destination. In fact, Glacier is one of the best places to see larch trees — a deciduous conifer that turns bright gold in the fall before losing its needles.

Photo courtesy of Journey Etc.

3. The Ozarks

Ozarks Fall Foliage

The Ozarks in Arkansas are a beautiful place to go to enjoy the autumn weather. Brave the 10-mile trek through the upper Buffalo National River to experience the beauty of amazing 500 foot cliffs that back up against the beautiful forest.

Photo courtesy of 5ojo.com.

4. Shenandoah National Park

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Enjoy the fall colors in Shenandoah National Park by foot (there are more than 100 miles of the famed Appalachian Trail in the area), or if a little more relaxation is in order, the 105-mile Skyline Drive winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing a stunning view of this beloved park and its renowned foliage.

Photo courtesy of National Parks Traveler.

5. Olympic Peninsula

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Skipping across the country to the western coast, we find Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. On this side of the country, you'll find a 350-mile route that takes you down the northern coast and over the scenic and famous hurricane ridge. The massive ranges are lined with amazing fall foliage that is striking to behold.

Photo courtesy of Flickr.com.

6. Aspen, Colorado

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When a world-famous town is named after a tree, you know it's probably a beautiful place to watch the leaves change. Aspen leaves turn a rich yellow hue in the fall, and literally shimmer in the breeze when the sun hits them. The gold tones of aspens in autumn make for a picture-perfect contrast with the evergreens and craggy mountain peaks. 

Photo courtesy of aarp.org.