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10 best destinations for leaf peeping

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Our readers voted for their favorite destinations for fall foliage in the United States. Here are the top 10 winners.

10. Asheville, North Carolina

Fall colors sweep across the Blue Ridge Mountains beginning in early September. The city makes a great base for autumn leaf peeping at Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell and Pisgah National Forest.

9. Finger Lakes, New York

Many Finger Lakes communities celebrate the fall arrival of colors with seasonal festivals and events. Though many of those events have been canceled for 2020, you can still enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

8. Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

These mountains are vibrant with hues of red, orange and yellow come autumn, thanks to the area’s 127 species of indigenous trees, plants and shrubs. Hop in the car for a scenic cruise along Route 507.

7. Ozark Mountain Region, Arkansas

A variety of tree species paint the landscape of the Arkansas Ozarks in warm fall colors. These mountains attract leaf peepers who want to get outdoors for an autumn hike in the mountains.

6. Stowe, Vermont

Vermont is well known for its fall foliage, particularly in the Green Mountains. For the best leaf peeping, make the drive along the Green Mountain Byway.

5. Door County, Wisconsin

Leaves reach their peak of color between late September and mid-October, when visitors from around the country come to drive its tree-lined roads or hike its trails.

4. White Mountains, New Hampshire

One of the best places to take in the autumn scenery of the White Mountains is along the 34-mile Kancamagus Highway as it cuts through White Mountain National Forest.

3. Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

Go for a drive along Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway with a stop to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater framed by colorful leaves, or take a scenic hike in Ohiopyle State Park.

2. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Travelers have their choice of several tramways and chair lifts for taking in an aerial view of the landscape before or after a trip into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

1. Upper Peninsula, Michigan

A favorite fall experience for leaf peepers is the drive on M-26 along the shores of Lake Roland and past the trees of Copper Country State Forest.

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