America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors

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From Arizona to Vermont, here are our favorite towns for checking out fall foliage.

No. 11 Estes Park, CO

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At Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, fall is announced by the sound of bugling bull elk and the sight of bighorn sheep butting heads, beginning in about mid- to late September. You’re most likely to hear the elk’s mating calls at dawn and again at dusk, which leaves the day in between to gaze at the park’s golden aspen-cloaked peaks. Festival season begins in late September with beer, brats, and bands at the Autumn Gold Festival  ... and if you just can’t get enough of those guys with the antlers, there’s the annual Elk Fest.

America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors

No. 11 Estes Park, CO

At Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, fall is announced by the sound of bugling bull elk and the sight of bighorn sheep butting heads, beginning in about mid- to late September. You’re most likely to hear the elk’s mating calls at dawn and again at dusk, which leaves the day in between to gaze at the park’s golden aspen-cloaked peaks. Festival season begins in late September with beer, brats, and bands at the Autumn Gold Festival  ... and if you just can’t get enough of those guys with the antlers, there’s the annual Elk Fest.

Courtesy of Visit Estes Park
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