The color of autumn is brilliant, the air is crisp and the great out-of-doors is ideal — not too hot and not too cold. Make arrangements to fly like a bird (or drive like a man), so you can witness the annual display in some of the beautiful parts of the country. Don’t wait! The season is fleeting, and as quickly as the oranges, reds and yellows hit their peak, they’ll be sinking and falling to make way for those certain winter snows.

Where Should You Go?

If you can get away now, go to the great country of the Rockies or northern parts of Michigan or Minnesota, or head for the mountains of New England to see the immature displays as they hit their peak in September. Get going soon to catch October’s glory in the northeast states, where New England earns its reputation for spectacular fall foliage.

Mid-October will set the heartland ablaze. Visit fall festivals and explore grain mazes throughout the Midwest and experience fall to the fullest. In late October, feast the season in California’s wine countryside, where you can taste the fruit of intake time as you enjoy the spectacular signs of the changing season.

For more impulse, this fall foliage infographic will steer you to the best routes for leaf-peeping drives and to other things to do on an Autumn getaway.