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Top 10 Places to See Fall Foliage

We’re counting down the days until the official start of Autumn- 8 days to be exact! Fall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of year. The colors are changing, the air is crisp, and apples are finally in season- and you don’t have to go far to see spectacular fall colors up close and personal. Here are the 10 best places to see fall foliage in the United States:

  1. The Catskills, New York. Located in southeastern New York, the area consists of six major river systems and 35 mountain peaks, all taller than 3,500 feet. The Catskills are home to the town of Woodstock, which hosted the iconic Woodstock music festival in 1969. With densely forested hills, fall colors are vibrant and abundant. The foliage is at its peak coloring from late September to mid October.
  2. Aspen, Colorado. Named after a tree known for its rich fall coloring, Aspen, Colorado is the premier destination for those wanting to get a good look at some beautiful fall sights. From mid September through the first week of October, the foliage is stunning all around the Maroon bells area. The deep gold and red hues of the Aspen trees contrast perfectly with the evergreens and breathtaking mountain peaks. After spending the day in the crisp Autumn air, My Aspen Rental wants to keep you warm and comfortable at night.

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  3. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Located in the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River Gorge is home to a variety of different trees. The maples, cottonwoods, and Oregon ash trees all turn vivid reds and oranges. Take in the sights on a scenic drive, while hiking or biking on the trails, or while rafting down the river. The best time to view the fall foliage and the 208 ft. Wah Gwin Gwin waterfall is between mid September and mid October.
  4. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee. As one of the most visited national parks in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains is host to over 100 different native trees, including scarlet oaks, hickories, and sweetgums. The trees turn an array of golds, scarlets, purples, and oranges from early October to early November.

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  5. The Berkshires, Massachusetts. The Berkshires are a highland geological region that is a part of a mountain range in Massachusetts. It features narrow, winding roads that offer up close and personal views of changing leaves. When taking a break from the magnificent colors, The Berkshires have a plethora of art galleries and antique shops. The best time for fall foliage is between late September and mid/late October.
  6. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont. Color-changing trees line this eleven mile route that cuts across the state of Vermont. The beautiful drive connects Waterbury- which is the home of Ben & Jerry’s- to the famous ski resort Stowe. Rich golds and crimsons can be seen throughout the entire eleven miles, stunning drivers and passengers alike. The leaves begin to change the second week of September, but peaks during the first week of October.
  7. Upper Peninsula, Michigan. With over four million acres, the Michigan state forest system is home to more than twenty forested state parks on the Upper Peninsula. Located between three Great Lakes, the azure water is a picture-perfect contrast to the warm-toned and vibrant leaves.
  8. Glacier National Park, Montana. If you like to be alone with the great outdoors, then Glacier National Park in the fall is the place for you. By the end of September all of the park’s concessions have closed and most of the guests have left. This leaves just you and the abundance of larch trees, whose needles turn a bright gold. Set against the peaks of the Continental Divide, the colors are picturesque.

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  9. Lake of The Ozarks, Missouri. While the Lake of The Ozarks is a popular summer getaway, the surrounding forest turns into beautiful shades of scarlet, gold, crimson, and orange in the fall. Popular ways of viewing the fall foliage include hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. If you want to spend a little bit more money, you can take in the sights on a yacht or while sipping wine at one of the nearby wineries.
  10. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico. While most people would not think of New Mexico when thinking of fall colors, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is an 83 mile loop that is riddled with Aspen trees. When their leaves change in late September or early October, the Byway sees an array of vibrant reds and oranges. The loop circles Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico.
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10 reasons Autumn is a Fantastic Time to Visit Aspen

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Aspen? If you thought winter sports, you’re not alone. What about the second? Probably some sort of summer sport or activity. Aspen is a hub for winter and summer sports, but what most people don’t often realize is that fall is a fantastic time to visit Aspen. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that entails beautiful colors, cozy fires, chunky sweaters, leisurely hikes and crisp apples, Aspen is the place to be. Here are 10 great reasons to visit Aspen this fall:

  1. Topping the list- to no one’s surprise- is Aspen’s spectacular foliage. As one of the top locations in the country to see breathtaking fall colors, Aspen is aptly named after the abundance of Aspen trees that populate the area. The leaves turn from a rich green to vibrant reds, golds, and oranges. You can take a hike or drive through Maroon Bells to see these colors, or if you’re looking for a more extreme experience Aspen offers paragliding adventures that show off the area’s pristine scenery from above.

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    Maroon Bells Flickr: W.G. Dayton
  2. If you’re looking to taste some Colorado grown produce, the Aspen Saturday Market is the place to be. Every Saturday through mid-October, the market sets up in the heart of town. Along with delicious, local, natural food, the Aspen Saturday Market offers crafts and live music.
  3. When the great outdoors call, Aspen has hikes that range from beginner trails to guided hikes up of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks. Popular hiking trails include Grizzly Peak, American Lake, Hunter Creek Valley, and Cathedral Lake. Whether you want to relax while taking in the breathtaking colors, or view Aspen from above, there is a hike for everyone.

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    View of Maroon Bells from Creek Valley Flickr: Dhaval Shreyas
  4. Calling all film buffs! The Aspen FilmFest is celebrating its 38th year. Starting September 21st, the film festival offers audiences first looks at award-worthy movies and previews. Dining at the Filmfest Cafe makes for a perfect fall evening in Aspen.
  5. If you prefer to see the sights at a slightly faster pace, biking around Aspen is the perfect solution. The Maroon Creek trail is one of the most iconic trails in Colorado, and starting in October it is closed to all automotive vehicles- bikes get exclusive access! For a more advanced trail, bike up the grueling Independence Pass.

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    Biking in Aspen Flickr: Aspen Snowmass
  6. If art is more your speed, the Aspen Art museum features modern art coupled with community involvement. This ideal results in a city-wide appreciation for modern art. The exhibits change regularly, providing new and timely installments. A casual stroll through the museum is a perfect late-afternoon activity.
  7. For those who prefer running to hiking or biking, Aspen is the host of one of the most beautiful races in the country. On September 24th, 2016, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon will take place on a picturesque trail from Snowmass Village to the town of Aspen.
  8. Get ready to Belly Up and boogie down at Aspen’s premier music venue. Belly Up Aspen is the destination for everyone interested in the music scene. September headliners include The Killers and The Spazmatics, while October and November see bands such as The Dean Ween Group and Cabinet and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. If you’re a sports buff, Belly Up is also the place in Aspen to watch all of your favorite NFL teams.
  9. Who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese? On September 10th, 2016, the Mac & Cheese Festival will return to Aspen. Taste the surrounding area’s best Mac & Cheese for FREE! Pro Tip: Be sure to bring your own spoon.

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    Aspen Mac & Cheese Festival- Aspen Recreation
  10. My Aspen Rental is the perfect place to unwind after a jam-packed autumn day in Aspen. You can soak in the hot tub while enjoying the crisp fall air, or curl up by the fire for a relaxing night. No matter what you choose to do during your fall getaway, My Aspen Rental is the perfect place to call home.