10/07/2011 03:24 pm ET Updated Dec 03, 2011

LeafQuest: A Fall-Foliage Guide

Fall-foliage trips are as essential a part of American autumns as pumpkins and pigskin. To help you decide exactly where to go, MapQuest presents LeafQuest. We've selected three prime leaf-peeping spots in each of 49 states (sorry, Hawaii!), plus Washington, D.C. Look below to see a national (and navigable) map of our 150 fall-foliage suggestions, or browse by state. And be sure to check out homages to autumn by two-time-Pulitzer-nominee Joyce Millman (California), Atlantic entertainment-columnist James Parker (Massachusetts) and ex-Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer (Michigan).

LeafQuest State Guides

Colorado Fall Foliage

by Saira Bajwa

Boasting the West’s most picturesque autumnal scene in the Maroon Bells, “Colorful Colorado” is awash in golden fall displays.

New Hampshire Fall Foliage

by Nick Romano

Is there a more classic New England image than a small New Hampshire town on a crisp autumn day? Especially in fall, the Granite State rocks.

Virginia Fall Foliage

by Nick Romano

The fiery leaves on display in the Shenandoah’s Valley’s Skyline Drive is just one reason why the Old Dominion State reigns in fall.

Fall-Foliage Map

Fall-Color Destinations By State


Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Idaho Illinois
Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan
Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon
Pennsylvania Rhode IslandSouth Carolina
South DakotaTennesseeTexas
Washington Washington, D.C. West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming

LeafQuest Special Features


by Joyce Millman

Though New England hogs the spotlight for autumn-leaf glory, a California writer much prefers her new home's 'disco-queen' fall foliage.

A Tree Glows In Brookline

by James Parker

Between the machismo of summer and the gloom of winter, a Massachusetts writer revels in the feisty fire of fall.

Northern Enclosure

by Chuck Pfarrer

After the perils of Pakistan, an ex-Navy SEAL team leader relaxes and recharges among the glorious fall colors on his private (sort of), 20-mile Michigan lake.


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