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Fall, y’all: Southern foliage is reaching the peak of red-orange-yellow perfection

Last week I drove from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta. Along the way, there were leaves -- red, orange, yellow and a thousand shades in between.

In the American South, it’s peak leaf time.

I stopped in a few familiar spots -- most notably the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. And several of these shots were taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina.

But most of these pictures are just bends in the road that, in the right light, become matinee idols.

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To plan your own trip, remember that the foliage timetable depends heavily on altitude. During my visit, all the deepest reds and oranges seemed to be above 3,000 feet.

In days ahead, expect the red and orange to reach lower altitudes.

For more, consult the Blue Ridge Parkway Daily’s fall colors tracker. Or check out these 40 favorite fall color spots from Southern Living magazine.

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