While doing some research for my tourism blog about how to use photos from Twitter to update fall foliage reports, I found that there are a lot of places to be a happy leaf-peeper besides the US New England region (traditionally the color champ in autumn.)
Here are some suggestions:
- Oregon — The Oregon tourism folks have a fall foliage blog and they also update with color reports from @ORFallFoliage on Twitter; the latest tweet I saw said, “Driving north on I-5 from Eugene this morning. Just a hint of gold and yellow…”
- Tennessee — Lots of ideas here for fall color scenic drives in the Volunteer State, including obvious places like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2009 is the Park’s 75th anniversary) but also the intriguing Appalachian Quilt Trail. Don’t miss the Chattanooga area fall festivals – Perceptive Travel‘s editor Tim Leffel is a big fan of the city for family travel.
- Wisconsin — Besides the turning leaves in places like charming Door County, how can you miss with a corn maze like this one? Or craft beer breweries?
- Pennsylvania — Browse through the Fall in PA page, then figure out how to combine foliage with perhaps a Civil War trail like the Road to Gettysburg or a “libation vacation” on the Pennsylvania Wine Trails.
- Arkansas — The state tourism site has a whole Web page devoted to fall foliage travel planning. Find dramatic forested vistas on north-south Arkansas Scenic Highway 7 (a National Scenic Byway) and the wonderfully-named Pig Trail in the Ozark National Forest. Soo-eee.
Where do you like to watch the leaves turn? Please tell us your favorites in the comments – thanks!