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It’s well known that New England is a spectacular place to be in the fall, when the advent of autumn turns the region’s trees into a riot of flaming color. But just because New England’s fall reputation is so stellar, does it follow that the region has the best foliage around? Not so fast, say many in the West, who assert that their leafy golden wonders can hold their own with New England during foliage season.
A new Bing Travel article from the Associated Press puts the question to the test in a foliage smackdown. It presents some of the best places to see colorful leaves in five of the six New England states, as well as locations in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Utah, noting prime spots to check out lovely leaves on maples, sycamores, oaks and aspens.
For my part, although I’ve lived in the West most of my life, the two years I spent in Boston make me side with the New England contingent. I especially like the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, where the all-encompassing blaze of color is like nothing I’ve ever seen on the other side of the country.
The AP article doesn’t make a judgment call on whether East or West is best, so we’d like you to weigh in. Where are the best places to enjoy foliage in these regions, or perhaps in another area, like the Midwest? Share your favorite spots, and your vote, in the comments section. And then, fans of Bing Travel can upload your own fall foliage photos to the Bing foliage gallery on Facebook. Your image could be chosen as the "photo of the week."
No doubt...New England is the best place to be in the Fall
because of the maple trees esp. the sugar maple. The best
Falls are when the days are dry and the nights are cold.
This is the true Indian summer. Litchfield County in
NW CT is absolutely gorgeous this time of year esp near
Lake Waramug, and the towns of Washington and Cornwall and
Living in Northeast PA, fall has always been the the most spectacular time of the year for me with all the scenery changing. Unless you witness it for yourself no words can explain how majestic the hillsides, valleys or mountaintops look.
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Hope you enjoy!
The East! Albeit I am a West Coaster born and bred- but every year I try to make my way out to somewhere along the east coast to see the fall leaves. It's beautiful!
New England and Upstate New York are easily the best places to see foliage. I grew up in Northern California, but it just does not compare to the stunning beauty of Fall in the Northeast.
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I've lived on both coast, and though the West gets some nice golds, it's nothing compared to the brilliant colors that the East gets. The East also gets a better mix; you can stand in one spot and see greens, reds, oranges, golds of every shade, and purple. The West typically has one type of leaf in one area. The East wins, hands down.
I grew up in NY and spent many days upstate at different times of the year. I now live in the southeast and the autumn leaves are without a doubt the thing I miss the most. Nowhere else do the sugar maples reach the height of color and then mix with all the other varieties of trees. It is a color pallet unsurpassed by any artist and the kind only God can make. If you have never experienced it, you have missed out on something breathtaking. You must see to appreciate it.
The mountains of West Virginia are ablaze with color in the Fall. There is something very beautiful and primitive in it's mountains and hollows. I have lived in the Virgin Islands, Georgia, and Texas most of my adult life, but every Fall, no matter where I am, my thoughts go back to WV.
I vote for the colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina!
Colorado, the Rockies in fall time. Absolutely beautiful. I can't comment on the east coast since i've never been there. But not only do you get the aspen's changing, you can hear the elk bulgling. You can also take a nice hike up and get a overall breathtakingly beautiful picture of all nature has to offer during fall.
The BLue Ridge Parkway in Tennessee is the very best.
The ride is so breath taking seeing all the colors,
and the cool brisk air. The Parkway around Pigeon
Forge, Gatlingburg and Cherokee is well worth driving.
Experience the beauty of nature. You will love it.
My vote is for Northeastern PA. The fall foliage colors are breathtaking. I am originally from Philadelphia and we have been traveling to upstate PA for the past 35 years for the experience. Our children now take their children. Rickett's Glen is quite beautiful with the waterfalls, the smell of autumn air and the changing tree colors.
I HAVE VISITED MOST OF THE EASTERN STATES IN FALL AND IT WASN'T UNTIL MY SON MOVED TO DUNMORE W.V., THAT I BELIEVED SUCH INCREDIBLE COLOR WAS THERE. ON A SUNNY DAY, IT LITERALLY GIVES ONE EYE STRAIN.POCOHANTIS STATE PARK, TRIP ON CASS RAILROAD, SENECA ROCKS AND STATE PARK,ETC...YOU'VE GOT TO SEE IT ALL!
if you happen to be traveling on Hwy 44 southwest Missourri has fantastic views. Between Rolla, MO and Springfield, MO are many great sights for fall foilage.
I think that the Smoky Mountains in Tennesse are absolutely breath taking in the fall. Take a trip from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove and you have to watch your driving because the views are exquisite. Then take a trip from Gatlinburg Cherokee NC along the Overland Gap and the beauty is so overwhelming it breathtaking.
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