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Must-See Autumn Locations to Put on Your Map

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year for road trips and camping, that's why we've compiled this long list of locations to sight-see and stay at during this gorgeous time of year.

Across the country, from the Sierra Nevada mountains of California to the Appalachian Trail, the days are getting shorter, temperatures are cooling and the leaves of deciduous trees are turning into their most spectacular shades of yellow, orange, pink, red and purple and every color in between.

Here’s a sampling of some of North America’s prettiest places to see fall colors along with great places to camp. But don’t delay. These colors won’t last long.

Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: These are some of the most popular routes in the Great Smokies, where you’ll see a great variety of deciduous trees, including dogwoods, black gum and mountain ash. Shrubs, wildflowers and vines also offer bright colors, including goldenrod, Virginia creeper, beebalm, pink turtlehead, mountain gentian and black eyed susans.

California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains: Several large groves of aspen trees can be seen along Highway 395 between Tom’s Place and Coleville. Be sure to explore some of the little side roads that head west into the Sierra from Highway 395. Popular fall color routes include the June Lake Loop, the road to Lundy Lake and the road from Tom’s Place to Rock Creek Lake.

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park: One of the most beautiful drives in the nation at any time of year, Skyline Drive is being lit up by everything from asters and goldenrods to dogwoods, Virginia creepers and sumacs.

Southwest Colorado: Southwest Colorado is one of the prettiest spots in the country to see aspen trees. Popular Routes include U.S. Route 550 from Durango northward to Silverton and Ouray.

Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom: While all of Vermont is a beautiful place to see fall color, some of the more popular areas of the state include the area called the Northeast Kingdom, which includes Essex, Orleans and Caledonia counties.

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