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Fall Foliage: Travel Advice for Autumn Color in the U.S.

Fall Travel for Prime Leaf Piquing
for People Who Want a Peak!

Cool, crisp air is an undeniable sign of fall. Blend that with an array of leaves ablaze, tempting wines at harvest time and apple orchards galore, and travelers are ensured a treat that will lessen the sting of looming winter.

To scope out the changing leaves in your own neck of the woods, we've compiled a list of our favorite fall hot spots. So pick your perfect getaway, fill the thermos with hot cocoa and hit the road. After all, the journey is half the joy of autumn's splendor.

Colorado
Take in the glory of Colorado's favorite tree--the Aspen--this autumn while leaves burst into a gilded gold that covers the state. The color change occurs quickly, so keep up-to-date on fall foliage reports at www.Colorado.com.

Illinois
For fiery fall colors and great, family festivals, travelers should check out Illinois's vast playground for biking, hiking and more. Pick up a Fall Color Caravan brochure from Alton's Convention & Visitor's Bureau or snatch a Fall-O-Ween guide at www.enjoyillinois.com.

Maine
Cruise Maine's antiquing trail or scope out the state's vast bird species while leaf peeping this fall. From quiet, coastal villages to stunning mountain passes, travelers will be intrigued and awed by the beauty of this charming New England state. For more information on Maine's offerings, visit www.VisitMaine.com.

Michigan
Surrounded by the great lakes, and enveloped in colorful foliage, Michigan is an ideal fall retreat from the west coast's Grand Rapids to Mackinac Island and the upper peninsula. For a run-down on the changing colors, festival listings, and travel packages, visit www.michigan.org/travel.

New York
The hub of the east coast, New York often garners a bad rap for its fast pace and big city lifestyle. It doesn't take long, however, to escape NYC and venture into the country where the Adirondack Region, Finger Lakes and Niagara area await. Check out the state's fall foliage report at www.ILoveNY.com.

Virginia
With more than 15 million acres of bursting foliage, 120 wineries and 2,500 miles of breath-taking scenic drives, Virginia is a brilliant (literally) destination for a fall getaway. For color updates, planning and package advice, visit www.FallinVirginia.com.

Wisconsin
Take up trout fishing in more than 10,000 miles of Wisconsin trout streams, creeks and rivers. Outfitted with a pair of waders, fall is the perfect time to fly fish and provides a backdrop like no other. Stay abreast of color changes at www.TravelWisconsin.com.

Wyoming
Where better to soak up autumn's brilliance than one of the nation's most lovely outdoor meccas--Yellowstone National Park. We can't think of a better way to celebrate the change of seasons than in the midst of nature itself. For details, visit www.WyomingTourism.org.

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