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Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Most would agree: you haven’t fully immersed yourself in the fall season until you’ve taken a moment to truly appreciate all of the spectacular colors that begin to blossom as summer winds down.

As the seasons transition, leaf-peeping naturally becomes a go-to activity for outdoor enthusiasts of all different types. Many hike or drive to snag stellar views of some of the most vibrant fall landscapes, but we couldn’t help but wonder: are there more exhilarating ways to experience fall and its many spectacular shades?

As it turns out, there are plenty of adventurous fall excursions geared towards adding a unique twist to the traditional leaf-peeping experience. From whitewater rafting in Oregon to ziplining through the Great Smoky Mountains, here’s a look at some of the most thrilling ways to see fall foliage across the U.S.