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Fall is upon us, and that means it’s time to start planning out your fall foliage travels. Here in Michigan, we have plenty of incredible spots to take in the colorful fall leaves. We’re really lucky, in that sense, so have such a beautiful autumn landscape.

So, what if you want to visit an area of the state that’s isn’t an obvious one for fall colors? Maybe you would even call it a “secret” place. Well, the crew at BestLifeOnline.com has done the work for you and put together a list of the 10 best “secret places” in the U.S. to see fall foliage. “Summer’s end signals the last days of warm weather in most areas,” they state in the article. “But it also means the return of fall’s dazzling colors in full display as trees begin to turn for the season. You can plan entire trips around leaf peeping, whether it’s heading to a national park for unimpeded foliage or planning a drive to take in the dazzling orange, red, and yellow hues that dominate the landscape. And while the pastime is popular enough to drive crowds to well-known viewing destinations, there are still plenty of under-the-radar options for getting your fix.”

So, which Michigan spot is considered one of the best “secret places” to take in autumn? There are plenty of options in our state, but read on for the full list of the 10 best cities in the U.S. to view fall foliage, according to BestLifeOnline.com. Find more information on all of the areas here. I will say that the No. 1 spot is not in our state- it’s in Julian, California. That town is about an hour east of San Diego and considered the best in America to not only see the fall colors but also participate in fall-themed activities.

  • 10. Charlottesville, Virginia

    “Now, with the state’s burgeoning wine and brewery scene, autumn can provide just one more reason to book a trip,” BestLifeOnline.com states.

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  • 9. Fort Payne, Alabama

    “If there’s anywhere in the country that gets robbed of regular fall colors, it’s the deep south,” BestLifeOnline.com states. But Fort Payne, Alabama, is an exception.

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  • 8. Portland, Oregon

    “The Pacific Northwest is known for its easy access to nature, making fall foliage season much more enjoyable,” BestLifeOnline.com states.

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  • 7. Bar Harbor, Maine

    “On Maine’s northern coast, one town stands out for its natural beauty among visitors and locals alike,” BestLifeOnline.com states.

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  • 6. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    “If you’re hoping to cross any major historical sites off of your bucket list this year, experts say the beginning of autumn can make Gettysburg that much more special of a trip,” BestLifeOnline.com says.

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  • 5. Brooklyn, New York

    “The same green spaces and parks that draw in millions of visitors a year put on a dazzling autumnal show that’s enhanced by their big city backdrop,” BestLifeOnline.com says.

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  • 4. Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

    “While many leaf peepers head much further north into Vermont and New Hampshire, the southern corner of the region still puts on a dazzling seasonal color show,” BestLifeOnline.com says.

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  • 3. Mackinac Island, Michigan

    It’s no secret that Mackinac Island has some of the most beautiful fall foliage you’ll find anywhere in the country. If you’ve never enjoyed the autumn colors up there, now is the time.

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  • 2. Denver, Colorado

    Denver is known for being a ski getaway, but did you know it also has some of the best colors you’ll see anywhere? It’s true.

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  • 1. Julian, California

    I have some friends and family out in California, and they attest to the fact that Julian is a beautiful spot to see fall foliage.

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  • Source

    This list if via BestLifeOnline.com.

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