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Autumn colours on America's east coast.

Leaves change colour wherever deciduous trees are found but nowhere is autumn celebrated in quite the same way as it is in the US, where the annual show of fall colours in the country's National Parks proves to be a huge tourist draw. New England is especially famous for the brilliance of its autumn foliage and spectacular show of nature.

We have chosen two of the best destinations from a list by writer Robin Dalmas.

Acadia National Park, Maine is about 200 miles northeast of Boston and is one of the smallest national parks whilst ranking among the most visited. The most accessible part of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, linked to the mainland by causeway. Colours begin to change to rich shades of red, orange and yellow in late September, but are at their best anywhere from the first to the third week of October.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, is the most visited national park in America attracting huge numbers of sightseers, especially during the last three weeks of October. It offers mountain vistas, rivers, streams, waterfalls, hiking trails, wildlife, flora and fauna.

Elevation ranges affect when fall colours change in the park, ocurring above 4,000 feet from early to mid-October, and reaching a peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. Why are fall colours so remarkable in the Smokies? One reason is the park’s amazing diversity of trees; there are up to 100 species, including sugar maples, scarlet oaks, sweet gums, red maples and hickories.

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