34. Burlington, VT
Why go: Vermont may be the Green Mountain State, but from September through November it’s fiery red, burnt orange, and bright yellow as the sugar maples change color. Base yourself in Burlington, on the edge of Lake Champlain. From here, you can head out of town to hike Mt. Philo or Camel’s Hump in Mansfield, then refresh with a seasonal brew. Vermont has more craft breweries per capita than any other state in the country.
Where to stay: Hotel Vermont, in downtown Burlington, offers an unexpected way to see the local leaves: from the water. Go on a two-hour sailing excursion complete with a picnic lunch packed with fresh local ingredients (available through October).
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