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  • Cheryl Concannon M.A., SRS, Realtor

13 Scenic Fall Foliage Trips That Aren’t in New England

From New Mexico to Wisconsin, leaves are turning.


When temperatures cool across the United States, the colors of the leaves heat up. States like Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont seem to steal all the glory when it comes to fall foliage and leaf peeping opportunities—but what many travelers don’t realize is there are a bounty of destinations for watching the leaves change in every region across the U.S. From Georgia, to the mountains of Arizona, and beyond, here are 13 destinations for fall foliage that are nowhere near New England.

Sun Valley, Idaho

The autumn colors of Ketchum in Sun Valley, Idaho, are one of a kind. Between the months of September to October, Sun Valley’s backdrop of aspens and cottonwood trees turns vivid shades of red, orange, and brilliant gold. Bald Mountain, Sun Valley’s ski mountain, can be a great spot to peep at the colors from above. Head to the Scenic Overlook via Bald Mountain Trail, which requires just a 3.6-mile roundtrip trek to reach a wood-platform with an eagle-eye view of the Big Wood River and the town of Ketchum below. Pair a day of taking in the scenery with a cozy cup of coffee or cocoa at Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, then spend the night at the iconic Sun Valley Lodge, which has easy access to numerous hiking trails.

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