7 Awe-Inspiring Places to Visit While the Leaves Are Changing  

Sacha Strebe

Is there anything more enchanting than the changing of the seasons? So much nostalgia is embedded in those color-changing leaves. As each one falls, burnt orange and crimson in color, we're transported back to a childhood spent kicking them into the sky as they crunched beneath our feet. This simple pleasure never leaves us, and with the chill in the air, we're having some serious fall foliage wanderlust

So, it's high time you relived those memories and hit the road on one of our best fall foliage trips (you'll want to take the ultimate American road trip next). From Michigan to Vermont, we tracked down the tarmac with some serious fall colors that are sure to dilate your retinas with pure wonder. An invigorating mini road trip is just what we all need at this time of year. Grab a pen to start planning your best fall foliage trip and head out this weekend. 

Green Mountain Byway, Vermont

Why: If you crave a dash of history with your fall foliage, the Green Mountain byway will satisfy both. According to Travel+Leisure, "Vermont is known as the mecca for serious leaf viewers in the Eastern United States," and if the pictures are anything to go by, it won't disappoint. Enjoy breathtaking views on the drive through the towns of Waterbury and Stowe, featuring views from open meadows to farmland and forests, all against a truly awe-inspiring mountain backdrop. The beautiful fall foliage colors of the maple, birch, and beech trees lining this eleven-mile route are a sight to behold. Get your camera finger ready.

What: The region is brimming with historic homes, farmsteads, villages, and mill sites. Don't miss out on seeing the Waterbury Reservoir, and be sure to plan a visit to one of their three state parks, all accessible along the route. If you're a nature junkie, hit up Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield. The hiking is spectacular. Be sure to book your fall foliage tours ahead of time.

When: If you want to witness peak foliage, be sure to visit from mid-September, when the color change begins, to mid-late October.

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