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Rare Fall Foliage Alert: Southern California Sees Some Color In Julian

September 25, 2009 at 8:40 AM | by | ()

See? Fall colors do exist in SoCal.

You'd be hard-pressed to find golds and reds in the palm trees during the fall in Southern California, but head one hour northeast of San Diego and you'll see plenty of leaves turning in Julian, a small old mining town.

Julian sits among the Laguna Mountains—at an elevation of 4,200 feet—making it a picturesque place to check out the foliage. It's among the few places in San Diego County that has a winter, spring, summer and fall. But Southern Californians are starved to see something other than greenery and to get some cool air, so they tend to pack the town this time of the year, which can make it seem less rustic and more touristy. You'll avoid crowds if you go during the week.

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Fall Foliage Travel: 4x4 Through A Lithuanian Forest

September 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM | by | ()

Typically when you think of quaint villages and local charm surrounded by autumn colors, your mind fixates on the East Coast. But banish the thought, since Lithuania totally kicks butt in all of those departments.

The capital Vilnius has an old town city centre that is also a UNESCO heritage site, and from here you can grab excursions to the south of the country and its forests full of fresh air, like Dzukija National park or Grutas Park, the latter of which is peppered with statues of Soviet political figures—bring your fancy camera for these. But our highest recommendation goes to 4x4 off-roading through the forests.

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Jaunted's Five Favorite Canadian Hot Spots For Fall Foliage

Where: Canada
September 22, 2009 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

Now that we're a mere week away from the start of October, it's time to head out on leaf-peeping vacations and weekend trips to take advantage of the fiery colors which erupt in forests around the continent.

We've already given you a pretty good idea of some United States and overseas options with our Fall Foliage series, but there's just as much—if not more—color above the border. Just remember to bring your passport along, as we countdown our Five Favorite Canadian Hot Spots For Fall Foliage:

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Fall Foliage Travel: Skip Central Park For London's Hampstead Heath

September 18, 2009 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

Reap the benefits of the slow airline of fall by hopping a cheaper ticket across the pond to London. We're not kidding; a friend just booked a weekend trip to London on Virgin Atlantic after seeing that it was just as expensive as some flights between Chicago and NYC.

If you are similarly spontaneous, or just thirsty for a good pub with some fall foliage outside, we recommend heading to London's Hampstead Heath area, like their version of NYC's Central Park. Here, you'll not only get a view of trees turning during the fall colors peak of late October through early November, but also—atop London's highest point, Parliament Hill—you'll have a view over the whole city.

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There's Fall Foliage To Be Found On The West Coast Too

September 17, 2009 at 5:03 PM | by | ()

Think that all the east coasters and Parisiennes get to have all the leaf-peeping fun? Think again, because even the leaves in California have to change, and there's no better excuse for a daytrip than catching the color along the dramatic Big Sur Highway, also known as Highway 1.

As California's answer to Italy's Amalfi Coast, Big Sur is like a true scenic road trip, complete with steep rocky cliffs, impressive span bridges, blue water, and lots of greenery. Drives like this warrant the extra daily amount you'd spend on renting a convertible versus another Ford Focus.

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Take A Ski Lift To Leaf-Peeping Just Over The Border In Canada

Where: Quebec, Canada
September 16, 2009 at 2:53 PM | by | ()

This is for those of you north of the border, or who just can't swing heading to Paris for a little falling leaf action: go instead to Quebec. More specifically, grab a Greyhound bus from Montreal to the little, but heavily-touristed, ski village of Mont-Tremblant.

Peak fall colors season is in early to mid-October, so you'll be well enough ahead of the snowfalls to enjoy riding the ski lifts up and over the foliage sans snowboard and ski suit.

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Sweep The Autumn Leaves From The Graves Of Proust And Wilde In Paris

Where: Paris, France
September 15, 2009 at 3:13 PM | by | ()

Alright, alright—Paris is merveilleuse at all times of the year, but during the autumn, certain sections of the city veritably come alive with the death of the leaves. Heck, the season even inspired a Barbie doll to use a walking stick.

There are the Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Bois de Boulogne, and of course the pathways along the Seine River for premium fall foliage peeping. But for the most unique experience, we're turning a little morbid by recommending a stroll around Père Lachaise cemetery, where the autumnal colors stand stark against the gray and black tombs of figures like Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust, and Edith Piaf.

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Fall Foliage Travel: Amtrak To True Maple Syrup In Vermont

September 14, 2009 at 2:13 PM | by | ()

Live in on the east coast and have a serious craving for some real, true maple syrup on your pancakes before you head out for fall foliage-spotting? There's no other option for such a weekend trip then other than Vermont, with its 50 state parks and late September fall foliage peak.

Actually, the trip to Vermont should be just as packed with red, orange and yellow scenery if you hop on Amtrak's Vermonter, which originates in Washington DC, and goes up through Delaware, New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont almost to the Canadian border.

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