Connecticut - Fall Colors (Photo Credit: iStockPhoto, Jeff Carpenter)
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Connecticut is oftentimes overlooked in favor of its more famous New England siblings, but it doesn't disappoint when it comes to fall foliage. Red maples begin turning in September, and then the state is covered in a blanket of reds, yellows, and oranges from a variety of trees. October is typically peak season, but since each year is different, check to see when the leaves are changing.

One of the more popular spots for leaf peeping is route 7 in Litchfield Hills, where you can take a driving tour to see all of the not-to-miss sights such as museums, historical taverns, revolutionary war sites, and local shops. You'll also pass through Kent Falls State Park, which features Connecticut's highest waterfall and is an ideal place to picnic and hike.


A range of lodging packages are available in the area, including a fall foliage deal starting at $189 per couple for midweek stays that comes with a $25 Mobil gas card, $50 off regular rates, $25 dining voucher, and breakfast. Events highlighting the season take place all over the state, including pumpkin patch train rides.

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