Picture this: a scarlet maple offset by the stark white spire of a small town church or a whole hillside of brilliant foliage foregrounded by a bright red barn. Such iconic scenes have launched a thousand postcards and turned New England into the ultimate fall destination for leaf peepers. The first scarlets and golds appear in mid-September in northern areas; "peak" colors head south thereafter. For inspiration, we’ve picked the most-stunning foliage areas and included a link to our favorite drive. Of course, these magical colors extend beyond New England. Check out our Great Fall Foliage Trips Across the Country!