09/12/2012 07:07 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

When And Where To Find Fall's Most Fantastic Foliage (INFOGRAPHIC)

The color of fall is brilliant, the air is crisp and the great outdoors is perfect -- not too hot and not too cold. Make plans to fly like a bird (or drive like a human), so you can witness the annual display in some of the prettiest parts of the country. Don't wait! The season is fleeting, and as quickly as the oranges, reds and yellows hit their peak, they'll be fading and falling to make way for those inevitable winter snows.

Where Should You Go?

If you can get away now, go to the high country of the Rockies or northern parts of Michigan or Minnesota, or head for the hills of New England to see the earliest displays as they hit their peak in September. Get going soon to catch October's glory in the northeast states, where New England earns its reputation for spectacular fall foliage.

Mid-October will set the heartland ablaze. Visit fall festivals and explore corn mazes throughout the Midwest and experience fall to the fullest. In late October, celebrate the season in California's wine country, where you can taste the fruit of harvest time as you enjoy the scenic evidence of the changing season.

For more inspiration, this fall foliage infographic will steer you to the best routes for leaf-peeping drives and to other things to do on an Autumn getaway.

--Kiley, HomeAway




Fall Foliage