It has come time to say good riddance to summer, a season that feels sticky and smells unpleasant. As the temperatures cool (slightly) and the days shorten, we watch the green drain gradually from the forests and wait expectantly for what comes next. It is a cliche, it is conversationally on par with making small talk about the weather, but it is magnificent nonetheless. It is foliage season.
Trees are responding to the cooler air and weakened daylight by slowing photosynthesis, thus producing less chlorophyll, which means no more greening of their leaves. All that death, though, brings forth America's most glorious season for scenery, when our more temperate climes (sorry, California and Florida) turn into a blazing rainbow of oranges, yellows, reds, occasionally purples, and your parents’ rich friends spend their weekends driving through the countryside to take it all in. Since we've all seen Family Guy, and know New Englanders like leaf peepers about as much as they like Bucky Dent, here are nine places outside New England with fall colors that are worth making a trip for.
MORE: Check out this (obviously very colorful) map to plan the best time for leaf-peeping.