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Best Fall Colors off the Beaten Path

Autumn’s flaming foliage is automatically associated with New England. While the season does bring fabulous color that only adds to the draw of quaint New England towns with white churches (and plenty of tourist amenities), the region does not hold a monopoly on the beauty.

Trees are found the world round with leaves of lovely reds, oranges, yellows and all the hues between; it just takes a bit of digging to find them and to plan a trip to view them, often without the company of thousands of other leaf hunters.

We have sorted out a dozen of the best spots to appreciate nature’s palette in Fall Colors Off the Beaten Path.


  • If you live in the South and can't make it to New England, travel to the Southwestern part of Virginia about the 3rd week of Ocotber. Starting in the SW corner of the state and traveling NE toward the Shenandoahs you'll be awed by the colorful maples.  Off the interstate the country roads are many and well marked and uncrowded.  It's rural and mountainous just like Vermont and New Hampshire - in fact, as I've backpacked through that region, I've often remarked how much it reminds me of New Hampshire with all it's granite.  Check it out!

  • Out on the West Coast, Portland has surprisingly pretty foliage, and we also really recommend heading into the Cascade Mountains in Washington. The Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth (which also has a terrific Oktoberfest) is in a great location for the the foliage; you can see a bit of it in our virtual tour: Driving the Cascade Loop (or at least some of it, as the whole route is 440 miles) is a terrific way to see really beautiful fall colors, and some of Washington's interesting small towns.

  • Check this site out for great Michigan fall color tours.  Lake Michigan,  vineyards, beachtowns and state forests make it amazing in the fall.

  • surly this fall bring something new with it.. really wait for a change!! nice post!

  • Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains and plan a drive along the parkway to Humpback Rock or Big Meadows during mid-October then tell us where the best Fall scenery is! That gets my vote.

  • Gorgeaous in October:  Brown County in Southern Indiana.  With the quaint shops in its town of Nashville, and the aroma of friend biscuits and apple butter at the Brown County Inn, it is heaven!

  • Njot true!!!!  The best fall colors are in the Rockies in Colorado especially in the Vail area.  There are at least 6 shades of gold, yellow, orange and are mind boggling.  Colorado overall is number one when it comes to Fall Colors!!!

  • A beauty that finds expression in poetry, music and more cozy corner of the mind is the beauty that is Autumn. The beauty of this season reflects in many forms, each more charming than the others - the sunsets soft blue sky, invitation of the soft breeze caressing body, mind and soul, and one more thing that gives the grace to the lady Autumn - flowers!

    This is such a nice season of the year! Wherever we are, regardless of place, Autumn brings joy and colors not only to our eyes but also to our soul. Ciao for a nice post. God bless! :)

  • Of course, Yellow and Red are the 2 main colors of Falls.

  • Excellent post..thanks.

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