Tannersville, a village of about 3,000 people in Monroe County, doesn’t often get a mention in discussions of Pennsylvania’s top fall foliage destinations.

But Vacasa, an international vacation rental management company, selected the Pocono Mountain town as its spot in Pennsylvania on its list of “top 9 leaf peeping 2020 destinations from east to west.”

“Fun fact: according to the (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) Fall Foliage Reports, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than anywhere in the world. More than 134 species of trees, shrubs, and vines contribute to the region’s vibrant autumn display,” noted Vacasa.

“One of the best places to take it all in is Tannersville, a Poconos Mountain town nestled against Big Pocono State Park and the ever-popular Camelback Mountain Ski Area.

“Mountain maples, quaking aspens, pin cherries, and more blanket miles of natural terrain showing off their newfound color patterns.”

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Other fall color spots on the list are:

Bethel, Maine: “hailed as a classic New England village where stunning lighthouses and delicious Maine lobster meet expansive national parks and moose sightings.”

Sylva, North Carolina: “Located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains, Sylva will evoke all the feelings of fall with colorful trees that surround a truly welcoming destination. Be sure to spend some time strolling Main Street, which was made famous by the Oscar-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: “Vibrant autumnal colors in Pigeon Forge draw guests by the thousands to the area during the long, warm fall season. Due to the region’s diverse tree species, leaf peeping guests in Pigeon Forge can experience deep reds, bright oranges and stunning ambers.”

Blue Ridge, Georgia: “Blue Ridge is making just about every one of our lists right now, as it was recently featured as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home. In the heart of Blue Ridge is the Aska Adventure Area, rich with wildlife, vegetation, and (of course) the rainbow of fall colors that flank the Toccoa River.”

Eagle River, Wisconsin: “While New England comes to mind as the leaf peeping capital of the country, Wisconsin is nipping at its heels. The entire state is chock-full of scenic drives just waiting to be explored, many of which you can find in Eagle River. Located on a large chain of freshwater lakes — 28 to be exact — Eagle River is synonymous with fall festivities that include a hayride tour through a cranberry marsh and indulging on caramel apples as yellow and orange leaves dance at your feet.”

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Whitefish, Montana: “There’s really no place like Whitefish at any time of year, but this small Montana town downright captivates in the fall. Kick back in the inviting downtown corridor, where businesses are locally owned and welcome you with open arms. Then head out to catch the colorways on the 26-mile Whitefish Trail.”

Estes Park, Colorado: “Located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has a predetermined leaf peeping route that takes you through some of the most intense colors of the fall. Take a twist down the Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway, where you’ll find autumn leaves ranging from bright green to hazy marigold hues of orange and yellow.”

White Salmon, Washington: “When exploring leaf peeping destinations on the West Coast, you can find the best of both worlds in White Salmon. Take a drive along Highway 84 (in Oregon), where you’ll sneak a peek at Multnomah Falls on the way to Hood River. Along the route, you’ll find stunning views of the fall’s best offerings and waterways to boot. Stop in Hood River for a local craft brew, then head across the Columbia River to lesser-known White Salmon. Wide open spaces, great family-run wineries and spectacular views of fall in the Pacific Northwest will make you pick up your phone to search homes, to buy.”

Contact Marcus Schneck at [email protected].

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