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As Fall Colors Blanket Virginia, Tourists Flock to the Vistas

Posted: Updated: Oct 7, 2012 09:03 PM EDT

As the fall foliage comes into full color, tourists from around the world are coming to check out Virginia's colorful views.

Dubose Egleston, with the Rockfish Gap Tourist Information Center, said thousands of people flock to the area this time of year.

"The color, they see the color on the Weather Channel and then they want to come south or come north and see the leaves," he said.

Those tourists will drive through the commonwealth, as peak season arrives over the next couple of weeks.

Donna Drury, a tourist traveling through the Blue Ridge, said she and her husband came to explore without any set plans.

"It's beautiful, beautiful place to drive. I don't think you can find anything more scenic than this drive in the fall," she said.

Another tourist, Klara Lubinetski, traveled with her three friends all the way from Germany to see the fall colors of Virginia.

"The road is always on top of the mountains and that's basically the best because either side you look you will always see the valley and have the clouds beneath you," she said.

Kurt Burkhart, with the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, said central Virginia can meet any tourists needs.

"We have virtually everything a visitor would want; from the mountains, to the coast, historic attractions, vineyards," he said.  

The Virginia Department of Forestry predicts the peak color will happen between October 25 and November 10 along the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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