Great tours, like great stories, must have a good beginning. It's hard to get on the right track if you start in the wrong place. That's why we hit the proverbial road and mapped out the best places to begin a tour of fall foliage.
The cities we've chosen are located by natural wonderlands, lush forests and scenic mountain sides that burst with color when temperatures cool. To make our list, they not only had to be located near pristine wilderness but offer high quality-of-life amenities, cultural attractions and be within proximity to scenic routes. Residents in these places embrace their natural surroundings.
We looked for places where you could do more than just take in the views. But if all you want to do is look, you'll have plenty to see when you're driving through these towns. Cities on this list are close to amazing hiking and biking trails, interesting geological formations, and activities that help you embrace autumn. So take a look at our picks. You might just find they're the perfect place to begin more than just a tour, like a whole new chapter in your life.