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The Country's Best Places to See Autumn Foliage

Yes, the season is in full swing—elsewhere.

By Kayla Stewart October 12, 2015

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The Catskills

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Autumn travel, I think, is very underrated. There are, after all, incredible places in the US best seen during fall. And while it’s taking a while for the season to really arrive here in Houston, it’s in full swing in other parts of the country. Here are some of the best places in the nation to catch stunning fall foliage:

The Catskills, New York: It’s difficult not to love a place that offers train rides, motorcycle tours and incredible mountainous views, all in one visit. The seller in the deal, though, is the unforgettable foliage during autumn months. Cool temperatures and bold, rich colors—what’s not to like? After you’re done being mesmerized by the leaves, follow in the footsteps of Rip Van Winkle and climb the highest cascading waterfall in New York State—Kaaterskill Falls. When you reach the stunning lighthouse on the Hudson River, you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable view of the Great Northern Catskills.   

Upper Peninsula, Michigan: It’s no secret that Michigan offers some of the greatest scenery in the nation. The Upper Peninsula is uniquely incredible, though. The reds and the golds began to appear in late September, and the more vibrant colors make their way out in the first half of October. Tourists can also climb a plethora of lighthouses and visit the region’s fascinating shipping museums.    

Easton, Connecticut: Among beautiful cabins and crystal waters, you’ll find lots of rust-colored leaves. Rent a cabin and grab some buckets for apple picking, as legendary apple farm Silverman’s Farm offers visitors tours and a diverse selection of fruit to pick.     

Boyce, Virginia: Located in a quiet, quaint part of Virginia, this town is home to a wide variety of trees and changing leaves to warm every visitor’s heart. While you’re in the state, be sure to hike through the Monticello Artisan Trail at the foot of Blue Ridge Mountains for a truly serene experience.   

Caddo Lake: If you don’t want to trek across the country for some stunning views, you’re in luck. Nestled in Texas and roughly 25 miles from Shreveport is the peaceful Caddo Lake. The Spanish moss–covered park is surrounded by gold, red and green leaves. Spend a day fishing on the lake or take a walk and cross paths with beavers, squirrels and white-tailed deer.     

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