15 North American Destinations to See Gorgeous Fall FoliageNadia Carriere
Are you preparing for the explosion of fall foliage? There are signs of this beautiful time creeping up everywhere I turn. The maple tree outside my window has several red leaves dangling off its branches and the balmy summer air has been replaced with something more crisp and fresh. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.
The fall months are my favorite time of year. The weather, colors, food, pumpkin patch visits, apple picking, Thanksgiving, Halloween, everything about the autumn makes me oh so happy. I’m lucky to live in an area that offers some of the most beautiful fall foliage around. The highway literally explodes with color each and every year. It’s as if the trees are on fire. Such a beautiful sight!
Where to find the most beautiful fall foliage in the USA and Canada? If you don’t live in an area where there are lots of colors in the fall, there is no need to fret as there are plenty of states and provinces that do. I’ve done quite a bit of research on the subject and have rounded up the best places to find the most beautiful fall foliage in the United States and Canada.
15 Of The Best Places To Check Out The Fall Colors 1 of 16
If you're looking for the most vivid and extraordinary displays of color this season, you're in luck! Click through for the top 15 places to view the fall colors.
Upper Peninsula Michigan 2 of 16
Michigan's Upper Peninsula offers spectacular colors that usually start during the last week of September and run through the first two weeks of October. You can find a fall colors report guide and information on fall color tours by visiting Pure Michigan. Their site is very informative and provides tips on where you can find the best colors.
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Agawa Canyon Railroad Trip from Sault Ste Marie in Northern Ontario 3 of 16
Located by the Michigan border, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is home to the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, one of the most popular train tours in North America. Their fall tours are extremely popular and offer a GPS-triggered commentary available in five different languages. You learn about the area and history of the region, and get a chance to view the fall colors through the train's large windows.
For more information, rates and schedules, visit Agawa Canyon Tour Train.
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Adirondacks, N.Y. 4 of 16
Driving along the Adirondack highway in Upstate New York is one beautiful sight! The 170-mile Olympic Trail connects Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain and is bursting with color during this season. You'll find hues of orange, yellow, and red thanks to the beech, birch, oak, and maple trees. For the best timing, visit from mid-late October.
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The Laurentian Mountains, PQ 5 of 16
It's no surprise that the colors in Quebec would be spectacular, considering their population of sugar maple trees, birch and beech. For the best display, visit the Laurentian Mountains, where you'll find some of the best fall foliage displays in North America. You'll also be quite close to Mont-Tremblant, a resort town that hosts the annual Symphony of Colours festival.
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Vermont 6 of 16
Vermont is simply breathtaking in the fall, especially during the first week of October. You can find tracking information, maps, information on foliage festivals and everything you need to know about the upcoming season by visiting Foliage Vermont. The site is a wealth of information to autumn lovers!
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Prince Edward Island, Canada 7 of 16
The forests in PEI show off their colors in the autumn and, thanks to their moderate temperatures, PEI offers one of the longest fall foliage periods in northeastern North America. Even though the weather is mild, the autumn is off season for Prince Edward Island, so you'll find all sorts of deals on accommodations and vacation packages. For information on the PEI Fall Flavours Festival and celebrating fall on the island, visit Tourism PEI.
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Aspen, Colorado 8 of 16
The town of Aspen looks as though it's made out of gold in late September thanks to the golden aspen trees that change color from late September through mid-October.
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The Bruce Peninsula, Ontario 9 of 16
Having lived in this area for the first half of my life, I can attest to the stunning colors and fall foliage in the Bruce Peninsula. Located in Ontario, Canada, the Bruce Peninsula has one of the best sections of the Bruce Trail, a hiking trail that spans approximately 800 km. I used to bike along that trail several times a week growing up. The colors are truly something - especially in the fall! Visit the Ontario Parks Fall Color Report for information on all color activity in the province.
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Napa Valley, California 10 of 16
The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia 11 of 16
There are numerous hiking trails along the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Both provide great opportunities to view the stunning fall colors and scenery - in fact they even throw a festival in its honor. The Celtic Colours International Festival runs for an entire week when the colors are at their best.
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North Shore Minnesota 12 of 16
Fundy Coastal Drive, New Brunswick 13 of 16
The Bay of Fundy is spectacular, but all dressed up in her fall foliage, she's even more beautiful! Fundy Coastal Drive gives you access to some of the best scenery and colors in the province during this time. For more tips and inside information on the fall colors, visit Tourism New Brunswick.
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Sierra Madre, Wyoming 14 of 16
The western slopes of Sierra Madre, particularly Aspen Alley located just off Wyoming Highway 70, offer the best color displays during the months of September and October.
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Fall Foliage Vacation with Via Rail 15 of 16
From Sunday September 29 to Thursday October 3, VIA Rail is offering a 5 day, 4 night "Superior Fall Colours of Ontario Experience" where travelers can visit the SS Keewating, have a lunch cruise on the RMS Segwun on Lake Muskoka, and visit the beautiful area of Sudbury/White River, where they will be able to experience the Dynamic Earth Nickel Mine Tour, Sudbury Police Museum, Northern Ontario Railway Museum, and more. All while viewing the beautiful colors from the train.
For more information visit VIA Rail.
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The Berkshires, Massachusetts 16 of 16
The Berkshires region in western Massachusetts is one of the best places in the state to view the beautiful fall colors. Bonus points for being so easily accessible from Connecticut, Albany, and New York City!
Find out all about the season, fall tours, and information on where/when to go by visiting Yankee Foliage.
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