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Samantha Brown’s Top Picks for Fall Foliage

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    Leafing Through the Countryside

    En español | Each year’s explosion of autumn hues and crisp, cool days fills me with energy. When this mood hits me, I like to take advantage of it and get outside for some fun. Here are a few of my favorite ways to spend fall days.

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    Fallingwater in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania

    The iconic house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is stunning year-round, but I am convinced that it’s most beautiful in autumn, when the earth tones of the exterior are enhanced by the changing colors of the trees in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.

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    Mississippi River Cruise

    From the decks of the American Queen, one of the largest steamboats ever built, you’ll have a riverside view of America’s heartland. A variety of autumn voyages along the Mississippi, with shore excursions to natural and historic attractions, will enrich the season.

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    Hudson Valley, New York

    My favorite drive takes me through Dutchess County to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever set my eyes on. Go deep into valleys where the fall colors will consume you, and marvel at mansions along the way.

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    Stowe, Vermont

    A blaze of red, orange and yellow lights up Stowe’s best features: its covered bridges, church steeples and tree-lined roads. You’ll feel a chill in the air when you wake, then you can warm up on a guided hike or bike ride in the afternoon.

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    View From a Lighthouse

    Combine leaf peeping with a drive to a historic Northeast lighthouse located anywhere from Connecticut to Maine. One of my favorites is the Nubble (aka Cape Neddick Light Station) in York, Maine. Turn the trip into a special adventure by booking a day with New England Lighthouse Tours.

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    Outdoor Music

    Spend an afternoon or evening at an outdoor concert. Go online and search for your favorite musical genre — you’ll find festivals and concert series all over the U.S. While summer is synonymous with multiday festivals popular with the younger set, the fall brings pleasant weather and less crazy crowds.

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    Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

    This is one of those special under-the-radar resorts with layer after layer of awesome —especially when the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains blaze with fall colors. Tour the farm and gardens, enjoy an artisan cooking demonstration, relax in the spa, hike or enjoy a horseback ride.

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