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21 Spectacular Places All People Who Love Fall Colors Must Visit

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Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA

The drive spans 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. It's the only public road through the entire park. There are 75 overlooks where you can stop and admire the gorgeous foliage, and the speed limit is 35 mph — so you def won't miss any views!

Stowe, Vermont

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Stowe is mostly known for its ski villages and mountain resorts, but its fall flames are just as much of a must. Here's a list of all the fall things you should do in Stowe — andcheck out Vermont's fall foliage report for an updated list of peak viewing times.

Mono County, CA

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Yes, that's right — California actually has a fall. And it is amazing. Mono County, which is in the state's Eastern Sierra, is one of the best fall foliage shows on the West Coast. Check out their fall color report here.

White Mountain Region, NH

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New Hampshire's White Mountains are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains, and cover about a quarter of the entire state (and also a little bit of Maine). Go for a drive along the Kancamagus Highway, located within the mountains — it's a great way to take in all the leaves, and is often considered one of the top leaf peeping activities in the country.

Aspen, CO

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Those golden yellow trees are actually called aspen trees — they are the quintessential tree of Colorado. So obviously, there is no better place to see them than in their namesake town. Head to Maroon Bells, the two peaks in the Elk Mountains pictured above, as well as these other great places.

Willamette Valley, OR

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Willamette Valley is 150 miles long, and actually contains most of Oregon's population. It also happens to be loaded with more than 200 wine vineyards — and in the fall, the grape vines literally pop with bright colors. Here are some beautiful places to go in the valley.

Acadia National Park, ME

Acadia National Park has it all: mountains, ocean, freshness, and Cadillac Mountain, the highest mountain on the North Atlantic seaboard. Climb to the top of the mountain for the most epic view, or stop at one of the many scenic overlooks along the way. Here's Maine's official fall foliage website for even more info.

Camden Hills State Park, ME

Even though Acadia gets most of the buzz, this park in Camden — close to Rockport — is amazing as well. It has 30 miles of nature trails, and, like Acadia, it's a very mountain-meets-ocean vibe.

Upper Peninsula, MI

Michigan is divided into two peninsulas: the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula in particular has INSANE colors in the fall, and is also home to more than 300 waterfalls. They have all sorts of fall color tours up there, like the ones here.

Lost Maples State Natural Area, TX

Located in Vanderpool, Texas, near San Antonio, this state park is filled with fall amazingness. The colors don't actually start turning super bright until October and November; check out the park's fall color report here.

The Berkshires, MA

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The Berkshires is a mountain range in Massachusetts that is filled with lakes and trees and all things nature. They even have a fall foliage festival every year.

Greenville, SC

Located halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, Greenville has lots of fall potential, from hiking to state park-ing to scenic driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Check out South Carolina's fall foliage report here.

White Mill Park, Providence County, RI

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White Mill Park, located in Burrillville, RI, used to be an actual mill back in 1834. Now, the mill is gone, but the colors are not — THEY ARE FIRE. Stay in Providence and drive to the park from there; it's about 45 minutes away.

The Ozarks, Missouri

The Ozark Mountains cover nearly 47,000 square miles in both Missouri and Arkansas, which makes them the biggest mountain region between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. Check out this foliage chart to find out the best time to go.

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