Fall Foliage: Best Spots in the U.S.

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

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The latest season: Southern Ohio

When to go: Late October

Why go:  Procrastinating? Better head south. "Typically, the foliage progression moves from north to south," Rzonca says, "so areas in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois tend to change later than the more northern states." In southern Ohio, leaves will still be hitting their peak in late October.

Where to get the best view: According to Ohio's Fall Color Report, you'll need to stretch your legs in order to get the best view. Throughout the state's parks, you can still find seven historic fire watchtowers—most of the others were dismantled from scrap—including one in the Tar Hollow State Forest in the southern part of the state. It's a long climb to get to the top, but you'll be able to get a panoramic view with autumn leaves stretching for miles in every direction.

Insider tip: Ready to rough it? Make it a weekend: In the Tar Hollow State Forest, you can spend the night in a primitive horse camp before exploring 26 miles of bridle trails.