Fall Foliage: Best Spots in the U.S.

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

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Midwest

The most variety: Michigan's Upper Peninsula

When to go: Late September to early October

Why go: Though there are more than 100 different species of trees in the area, it's not just the maple, oak, and birch trees that give the landscape of Michigan's Upper Peninsula its variety. The area is also home to more than 300 waterfalls, ranging in height from 5 feet to more than 48 feet.

Where to get the best view: If you're looking for waterfalls, you can find close to 100 of them in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, including Bond Falls, one of the region's most celebrated for its impressive height. The Porcupine Mountains are also notable for their large swaths of old-growth hardwood forests, ensuring that the drama of the fall colors can compete with the waterfalls.

Insider tip: Wanna drive? Hop over to the Lower Peninsula and find your way to the M-119, also known as the Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route. As its name suggests, the highway is known for its scenery, and you'll be surrounded by fall color.

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