Fall Foliage: Best Spots in the U.S.

By Marisa Lascala and Allison Williams - 2013-09-27T15:19:36Z

Photograph via Conde Nast Traveler

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Northwest

The least crowded: The Enchantments, Washington

When to go: Late September

Why go: Hike out to these lakes and expect to hear someone make a "there's gold in them there hills" crack—only they'll be pointing at yellow larches, not precious minerals. The western and subalpine larch turn a bright, almost dusty yellow, which stands out in stark contrast to the pale granite of the Enchantments.

Where to get the best view: Colchuck Lake, a strenuous four-mile hike from the road, is a well-known foliage spot.

Insider tip: Mountain goats live in the area, and they're not animals to be trifled with—give them a wide berth.

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