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Best time to travel: Five fabulous fall destinations

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Top fall travel destinations

Get ready: Fall is just around the corner! If you think autumn is only for leaf peepers, think again: It's one of the best times to travel. The changing colors are indeed amazing, and the crisp weather and thinner crowds make fall travel even more enticing. Our five favorite fall destinations offer something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of fall colors, mountain maven or adventure seeker.

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You can't go wrong with Vermont in the fall — the entire state is brimming with rich fall colors. Vermont's variety of trees, including maples, oaks and birches standing amid rolling hills and rural landscapes, create a brilliant explosion of color and some of the most iconic views of the season, in a state known for its fall leaves. The leaves began to change color in mid-September and peak in October, with higher elevations seeing the color change first. View the dramatic colors hiking or on horseback, in a hot-air balloon or go "flight"-seeing on a helicopter or small plane tour. When you're taking in the breathtaking fall views, how about some apple picking? Here's a detailed map of where to go to pick apples and peak harvest dates.

HotelWhere to stay:

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, 802.483.2311; www.mountaintopinn.com. Set on 350 acres with sweeping views of a lake and the Green Mountain National Forest, the resort offers everything from kayaks and pontoon boat rides, to tennis, and croquet.

The Wildflower Inn, 2059 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, 800.627.8310; www.wildflowerinn.com. Remarkable panoramic views of rolling hills will greet you at this charming, pet-friendly inn.

DiningWhere to eat:

The Highlands Dining Room at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, 802.483.2311. Antler chandeliers, fine china and Riedel crystal provide the mountain-chic decor. The restaurant, recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, offers a seasonal menu.

Juniper's at Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville, 800.627.8310. The menu features all-natural produce and meats from local farmers and an extensive wine list. Recent selections include maple bacon-wrapped scallops and slow-cooked shepherd's pie.

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