15 States in the U.S. Perfect for a Colorful Weekend of “Leaf Peeping”

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Who wouldn’t want to capture the trees changing color, the crunch of dry leaves underfoot, and a pumpkin-spiced latte in hand?  

“Leaf peeping” is an informal term to describe the activity of visiting areas to see the fall foliage, and these 15 states in the U.S. are perfect for this kind of activity. 

States in the U.S. Perfect for a Colorful Weekend of “Leaf Peeping"

The native sugar maples in Vermont play a significant role in why hundreds of visitors worldwide visit this state in the fall. The trees turn the state red, orange, and gold, particularly between early September and mid-October.


Michigan boasts a natural beauty with its Great Lakes, Porcupine Mountains, and Lake of the Clouds. Believe it or not, the state gets even more incredible in the fall as the leaves change color.  



There are so many ways to enjoy the fall season in New York. You can take a boat tour, a train ride, or a cable car to experience the fall foliage or walk around the small towns marveling at the glorious autumn colors.  


For the best leaf peeping experience in New Hampshire, drive the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains between Lincoln and North Conway. The Crawford Notch and Franconia Notch state parks have some of the most beautiful fall scenes. 


North Carolina is one of the best states to visit during autumn. The state is set ablaze by the gold, orange, and red leaves that appear between September and November.


Find out more about the states in the U.S. that are perfect for leaf peeping!

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