Fall Foliage: Best Spots in the U.S.

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

Photograph courtesy of Sexton McDonalds Creek

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Northwest

The most dramatic: Glacier National Park, Montana

When to go: Early October

Why go: Timing is everything at Montana's rugged northern park, where the window between the summer rush and winter snows is razor thin, and it varies every year. The bright yellow larch and aspen and red maples aren't overshadowed by the area's jagged peaks and vertigo-inducing big sky—but it's close.

Where to get the best view: The Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is not only poetically named, it's the park's most popular driving route.

Insider tip: If Glacier's blockbuster road is closed, nearby Flathead Lake offers scenic vistas and plentiful huckleberry picking.

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