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09.11.17

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  • A view of Vermont's Lake Shaftsbury and one of the trail bridges from the beach in autumn.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall reflections on Lake Shaftsbury in Vermont.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall colors over Blue Lake in the North Cascades National Park.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The Hidden Lake Lookout in North Cascades National Park. Huts such as these make chilly weather overnights more manageable. - The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The fall colors are amazing along the Mirror Lake Scenic Highway in Utah.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Mirror Lake Scenic Highway: There is a great mix of aspen, maple, oak, birch, pine and even some cottonwood trees.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Driving the Mirror Lake Highway is always a sight to behold.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Mount Sterling Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Hike along the Middle Prong Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Sunrise from the Clingmans Dome Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Viewpoint from Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Autumn colors reflect on the emerald water at Big Warm Spring in Nevada.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Enjoying the fall colors from Big Warm Spring.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Sunrise at Bog Hot Springs in Nevada.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall foliage along the Lizard Head Trail in the Rockies.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • A wider doubletrack section of the Marvine Lake Trail in the Colorado Rockies.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Paraglider coming in for a landing near the East Aspen Bike Trail along Highway 82.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Aspen at the peak of fall color along Highway 82.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake in the Sawatch Mountains.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Light plays on the shoulders of the Maroon Bells near Crater Lake in the Sawatch.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Pyramid Peak (14,026 ft) along the highway 82 Sawatch Road Trip.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall is the most scenic time of year to travel to Weber Canyon.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Aspens at various stages of color change along Weber Canyon.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • One of the private side roads along Weber Canyon in Utah.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Multnomah Falls in Oregon.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) leaves in Oregon.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Forest Park's Maple Trail in Oregon.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Cape Horn Upper Trail in Washington: Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum).- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Washington's Blue Lake in the fall.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The view of Inspiration Lake and Prusik Peak while decending down into the Lower Enchantments.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall colors on the way to Blue Lake in Washington.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The forest glows with golden hues along the Mill Creek Trail in Colorado.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Reading the trail signs at the Tenth Mountain Bridge in Colorado.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Maroon Bells, Colorado, at sunrise.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Pearl Pass from the end of Castle Creek Road in Colorado.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Leaves along the scenic drive of June Lake Loop just beginning to change colors.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Aspens at Silver Lake along the June Lake Loop.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • You pass this Swiss-themed town as you head toward Park City on Highway 190.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Looking back up toward Guardsman's from Wasatch Mountain State Park.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The road to Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Heading toward Midway and Heber City along Highway 190.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall colors below Yosemite Falls.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • An American elm (Ulmus americana) lights up under a fall afternoon in Cook Meadow.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Hiking below Nevada Falls in Yosemite.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The trail along Perfection Lake with vibrant fall colors.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Liberty Bell Group over Blue Lake. From left to right: Liberty Bell (7,720 ft), Concord Tower (7,560 ft), Lexington Tower (7,560 ft), North and South Early Winters Spires (7,760 ft, 7,807 ft).- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Autumn colors on the Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The front of the View Hotel in Ashcroft.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Fall foliage at Woodford State Park in Vermont.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • The fire tower on top of Vermont's Gile Mountain offers spectacular views of fall foliage.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • View north to the Methow Valley from Sun Mountain Lodge in Washington.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Prusik Peak above Gnome Tarn in the Enchantments.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Vibrant sunrise over Perfection and Inspiration Lakes in the Enchantments.- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
  • Enchantment Lakes Trail- The Best Leaf-Peeping Adventures for Fall Foliage
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What wildflowers are to spring, fall colors are to autumn.

Walking along the forest floor with bright yellows, stunning oranges, shocking crimsons, and enchanting maroons overhead is an unforgettable experience. Standing on top of a monumental peak far above the treeline and seeing the warm colors of fall clash with the evergreens on a mountainside below is also an iconic fall sight. Same with paddling a glassy and smooth lake through the mist to catch a glimpse of oranges, reds, and yellows on the other side of the water. Or watching yellow aspen leaves as they rustle in the wind as you lie snuggled in your sleeping bag on the ground below. 

As these vibrant shades begin to emerge from the greens and browns we see throughout the rest of the year, do yourself a favor and get out to see some of the most iconic fall color destinations. Whatever your ideal fall getaway looks like, chances are it includes some of the experiences above that you don't want to miss out on in the coming months. 

A change of pace, scenery, weather and adventures are all things to be excited about as the dog days of summer slip slowly into autumn. Regardless of whether you feel more comfortable in the heat of summer or the chill of winter, most people love the feeling of the seasons changing. 

Even though the weather gets cooler, that doesn't mean you need to slow down when it comes to outdoor adventures. You might be a weekend warrior, a microadventurer, or a true-blue outdoor enthusiast, but whatever your preferred type of adventure is, autumn is an amazing time to get out and get moving.

As the leaves change color, get out and see some of the best fall foliage that this season has to offer: 

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