As fall takes hold, a magnificent blanket of gold and amber leaves begins to descend across the USA. Misty morning walks and roaring fires start to beckon, and it's time to make travel plans to catch this glorious season at its best. Wondering where to go? We've got 10 suggestions.

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

In Montana’s spellbinding Glacier National Park, the burnt-orange foliage creates the perfect backdrop for family camping adventures and wildlife-viewing.

10 places where you can see America's fall foliage at its finest: St. Mary Lake from Wild goose island viewpoint, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.© puttsk/Shutterstock

2. The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The Berkshires' unspoiled landscapes and inviting towns are among the best places to enjoy the changing colours in New England – be sure to catch the panoramic views from Mohawk Trail.

USA, Massachusetts, Berkshires, Mount Greylock, State Reservation Visitors Centre, hiking trail signage

3. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Colorado is one of America's most beautiful states at any time of the year, but its gilded aspens make fall one of the most picturesque times to visit.

USA, Colorado, Rocky Mountains scenery on the San Juan Skyway, autumn

4. Portland, Oregon

Portland is awash with warm colours in the fall; admire the blazing oaks and maples in the city centre or take a quick trip to Sauvie Island to visit a pumpkin patch.


10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest: Portland, Oregon overlooking the willamette river, USA.© Josemaria Toscano/Shutterstock

5. Napa, California

Amid the flurry of excitement that surrounds the Napa Valley wine harvest, this is the perfect time to admire the region's changing scenery.
Vineyards in the Fall, Napa Valley© Alexandra Latypova/Shutterstock

6. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains come alive in October, with sublime contrasts of vermillion red and fiery orange amid its yellow birches, beeches and maples.


10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along the North Carolina-Tennessee, USA.© outdoorimages/Shutterstock

7. Door County, Wisconsin

Brave the chilly mornings in Door County for fall-colour boat trips down the Wisconsin River, then warm up with a tour of some of the excellent microbreweries.


10 places where you can see America’s fall foliage at its finest: barn hides behind a soon to be harvested corn crop with brilliant fall color, Door County, Wisconsin, USA.© Hank Erdmann/Shutterstock

8. Shenandoah National ParkVirginia

With one of the most scenic byways in the country, Skyline Drive, there are few better places for a fall road trip than Shenandoah.

Fall Colors, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA

9. Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, often cited as one of the most spectacular foliage viewing spots in New England, offers a kaleidoscope of autumnal shades towards the beginning of October.

USA, Vermont, Stowe, white church amidst autumn forest landscape with Green Mountains in distance

10. Taos, New Mexico

The northernmost mountains of New Mexico are mesmerising during the fall; drive out from the city along the Enchanted Circle route for sweeping views across mountains and canyons.


Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is an 84 mile New Mexico Scenic Byway and National Forest Scenic Byway around Wheeler Mountain located in Northern New Mexico. It begins and ends in Taos, New Mexico.© Gestalt Imagery/Shutterstock

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