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2013 Fall Foliage Travel Guide

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Oct 3rd 2013 04:05 PM
Country Road
Don't miss out on America's grand costume change this fall. Leaf peeping opportunities abound as trees transform into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, yellows and purples all over the country. There are many ways to enjoy the season -- you can take an autumn road trip, go on a colorful hike or savor local foods and drinks against a spectacular backdrop.

Our fall foliage guide features a variety of travel ideas for autumn getaways. Try one of our road trip itineraries -- from a New England foodie drive in Vermont to Midwest explorations in Ohio to a photographer's adventure out West in Wyoming, these drives take in the best local scenery and culture. If road trips aren't your thing, try our alternative ways to enjoy the changing leaves, or check out some of the best places to see fall colors around the country.
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Vermont Foodie Fall Foliage Drive

by Ben Keene. Posted Oct 3rd 2013 04:00 PM
Dennis Curran, VermontVacation.com
The changing of the seasons brings many things: cooler temperatures, colorful foliage and, for the hungry traveler, new dishes and restaurants. Options abound for leaf peepers in New England, but a relaxed Vermont drive from Arlington to Burlington provides foodies with ample opportunities for delicious detours. Pick up Route 7 in Bennington and allow 3 days to wind your way from south to north, an unhurried pace that gives you the chance to linger in the state's largest city. This route starts by plunging straight into the Green Mountain National Forest, then carries you through quintessential New England towns and villages -- B&Bs, antiques shops, white church steeples and all -- all the way to the shores of mighty Lake Champlain. Pack a camera for the scenery, and don't forget to bring your appetite.

When to Go: Peak color is hard to pin down from year to year, but aim for the first half of October to see the foliage at its most vibrant.

Driving Tip: Watch your speed as you tour through the Green Mountain State. Cyclists share the road with vehicles by day, and animal crossings are common at dusk.

Start: Bennington, Vermont || End: Burlington, Vermont
Distance: 130 miles
Length of Trip: 3 days
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Ohio Fall Foliage Drive

by Libby Zay. Posted Oct 3rd 2013 03:30 PM
Office of TourismOhio
New England and the Mid-Atlantic get lots of press -- and visitors -- for autumn color displays, but the change of season is equally impressive in the Midwest. Ohio in particular has many highways and byways lined with trees in brilliant shades of gold, red, auburn and purple during the fall. The best way to see this foliage is to combine a road trip with time outside the car; many hiking trails close to the road lead you deep into the vibrantly hued woods. This 2-day autumn adventure touches on several of the state's best kept fall secrets, from urban trails to Amish country and Appalachia.
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Wyoming Fall Foliage Drive

by Brian Kevin. Posted Oct 3rd 2013 03:00 PM
teton range reflection on jenny lake
Shutterstock / Krishna.Wu
Famous for its simmering thermal features and abundant wildlife, the greater Yellowstone ecosystem doesn't get a lot of love for its trees, and with good reason. The high elevation of the world's first national park and surrounding area makes for a rather dull palette of tall, straight conifers, which keep their evergreen needles all year long. But just south of Yellowstone, in Grand Teton National Park, the comparatively low and wet valley known as Jackson Hole nurses immense stands of aspens, willows and cottonwoods that explode with color in the fall.
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Disney World Welcomes Fall At The Magic Kingdom (VIDEO)

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Sep 20th 2011 01:58 PM
Disney Fall

Florida might be known as the land of palm trees and sunshine, but at Walt Disney World fall foliage is in season.
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