Number Five - Catskill Park, New York
New York is blessed with the rugged gray sandstone peaks of the Catskill Mountains. The mountains are so steep, so rugged, that the timber industry passed them by. Today the 600,000-acre complex is crisscrossed with state and county roads that offers endless opportunities for leaf peeping. Whether your visit is by car or foot, things are sure to please. Hikers should climb Slide Mountain for a commanding view of the highest peaks in the park.
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Number Four - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina
Over one-third of the United States lives less than a days drive away from this 800 square mile jewel of the eastern United States. US Highway 441 winds through the park and offers a number of opportunities to see incredible fall color. Be sure to bring a jacket, on the high balds things will be noticeably cooler.
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Number Three - Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Stretching from Providence, Rhode Island, to Worcester, Massachusetts, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor offers endless opportunity to see fall color. Oaks, maples, beech, and birch are everywhere the eye can see. The region is dotted with dozens of state parks, forest, and regional parks to explore. The towns of Oxford, Dudley, Sturbridge, and Webster, in Massachusetts, provide some of the best opportunities for exploration among the back roads and ponds. A visit to Old Sturbridge Village, a recreation of a 19th century New England town is sure to please.
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Number Two - Groton State Forest, Vermont
Located in central Vermont, Groton State Forest is a day drive away from many New England cities. The 25,000-acre forest contains a number of state parks within its boundaries and an artist's palette of red, yellow, and gold from the world famous birch and maples of Vermont that cover the valleys and mountainside. State Highway 232 offers visitors an easy way to see the park and be left in awe of the incredible color that surrounds you.
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Number One - Franconia Notch State Park and the Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
Considered by many as one of the best state parks in the United States, people come from around the world to Franconia Notch State Park to see the incredible fall color. Whether you explore the Flume by foot, walk among the miles of hiking trails, take a bike around on the paved road, or go on a professional tour the colors on the Franconia Ridge will leave you breathless. While you're there, be sure to drive on the 23-mile Kancamagus Highway through the White Mountains National Forest.
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