09/25/2012 07:27 am ET | Updated Nov 25, 2012

5 Fall Foliage & Festival Destinations (PHOTOS)

Whether you call it leaf peeping, foliage following or just "spending a day outside," enjoying fall's colors is one of the simplest joys of this wonderful time of year. Whether you're practically a professional leaf-peeper or just a casual enthusiast, you'll need to know where to take in the season's splendor. Of course, there's much more to autumn than looking at leaves. It's harvest time, which means that it's also festival time. We've compiled some of our favorite places to enjoy both the natural beauty and classic celebrations that come with the crisper temperatures.

The ShermansTravel team has put together this list that will take you all across the United States (with a quick jaunt up to Canada, as well). Whether these destinations are right in your backyard, a quick weekend trip away or clear on the other side of the continent, they're worth your attention.

So, grab a sweater, save room for apple cider donuts and prepare for a good ol' fashioned hay ride through some of falls best destinations.

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5 Fall Foliage & Festival Destinations