See Fall Foliage in America's Coolest Small Towns

Blue Ridge Mountains close to Elkin, NC (CST Winner 2014) and Brevard, NC (CST Winner 2010)Fayetteville, W.Va. (Winner 2006): Superior National Forest near Grand Marais Minnesota
White River Junction, Vermont CST Winner 2008Abington, Virginia (CST Winner 2016)Estes Park, Colorado Fall Foliage
Belfast, Maine (CST Winner 2008)​Camden, Maine (CST Winner 2013)​Milford, PA (CST Winner 2007 & 2017)
Great Barrington, Massachusetts (CST Winner 2006)Steamboat Springs, Colorado (CST Winner 2016)Fall Foliage along the Farmington River near Collinsville Connecticut
Fairport, N.Y. (CST Winner 2016)Eureka Springs, Arkansas (CST Winner 2011)Whitefish, Montana (CST Winner 2009)
Galena, Illinois (CST Winner 2014) ​Blue Ridge parkway near Elkin (winner 2014) and Brevard (winner 2010), North Carolina​
Ashokan Resevoir near Phoenicia, NY (Winner 2011)Port Jervis, N.Y. (Winner 2008)Yellow Springs, Ohio (CST Winner 2008)
Kidron, Ohio (CST Winner 2016)
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From New England's crisp and colorful autumn mornings to the Rocky Mountains' eye-popping aspens and beyond, America's small towns play host to some of the finest leaf-peeping out there. Where are you headed to see the fall colors?

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Monongahela National Forest, near the town of Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a sweet spot for savoring fall colors, and the Fayetteville area is a mecca for outdoorsy adrenaline junkies.

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Grand Marais, Minnesota, is not only an awesome town for leaf-peeping; it's also one of America's great paddling destinations.


We love the artsy vibe in gorgeous White River Junction, Vermont.


With the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backyard and a charming, historic downtown, Abingdon, Virginia, knows how to treat visitors.

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Estes Park, Colorado, is the gateway to Rocky Mountains National Park, and one of the coolest spots for savoring the beautiful aspens.

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Belfast, Maine, delivers New England beauty with style.

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You'll find jaw-dropping vistas for days on a fall visit to Camden, Maine.

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Milford, Pennsylvania, is an easy weekend escape from Philadelphia or New York City, and hotel rates stay comfortably under $200 even during the peak foliage season here in the Poconos.

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Community spirit in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has fostered a bustling destination in the heart of autumn's splendor.


You'll have a hard time not having fun kayaking, hiking, and sipping world-class wines on a visit to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Collinsville, Connecticut, draws kayakers and canoeists, and the area's gorgeous waterways can be a relaxing, crowd-free vantage point from which to peep at leaves.

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Fairport, New York, offers a cool downtown along with natural beauty along the iconic Erie Canal.


Eureka Springs, Arkansas, near the famous Arkansas Pigtrail (as you can see, the name doesn't quite do it justice), surprises visitors with fall colors that rival those in northern towns.

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Sure, Whitefish, Montana, is most associated with snowbirds drawn to the region's incredible skiing, but the Rockies put on quite a show before the late-fall snow starts really coming down.

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Galena, Illinois, offers history, culture, arts, and a nice dose of vibrant color along the river.

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Nashville, Indiana, may share a name with a bigger, better-known travel destination, but this cool small town rocks a art and music scene, great food, and, of course, autumn splendor.


The Blue Ridge Parkway (shown here with Grandfather Mountain in the background) is one of the American south's best autumn (or any time!) drives, and you'll find not one but two cool small towns nearby: Elkin, North Carolina, and Brevard, North Carolina


Ashokan Reservoir, near Phoenicia, New York, is one of the Catskills region's most beautiful bodies of water.

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Port Jervis, New York, is an upstate oasis on the Delaware River.

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Yellow Springs, Ohio, is a vibrant, open-minded community ready to welcome fall visitors.

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For a taste of classic American farm life, Kidron, Ohio, can't be beat.


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