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10 Best Fall Color Forest Views in the US and Canada


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The Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire
White Mountains in New Hampshire

White Mountains in New Hampshire

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Here are ten of the most beautiful areas for Autumn and Fall color viewing in the United States and Canada. I picked these fall foliage locations using several criteria: They represent great color views within a reasonable distance for most North Americans to visit. They all have grand reputations as a "must see" fall display. They all are located near National Forests and Parks.

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The Kancamagus Scenic Byway and the White Mountain National Forest

Overview: This byway is also called the White Mountains Trail. The drive takes about 3 hours and goes through two of the White Mountains' famous notches (known as passes or gaps in other parts of the country). There are beautiful views of mountains and tall cliffs, including the famed "Old Man of the Mountain" in Franconia Notch. The Kancamagus Scenic Byway passes through the heart of the White Mountains. This is a very heavily used route during the fall viewing season.

Viewing Dates: Early viewing begins the second week in September at higher elevations. The fall viewing season usually peaks the first and second weeks in October.

Trees of Show: Maple, beech, birch


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