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Minnesota town named one of America's best for fall colors

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

That quote is attributed to Albert Camus, a European author, philosopher, journalist and Nobel Prize-winner who died in 1960 at the age of 46.

Of course some natural autumn gardens are more beautiful than others – and Travel+Leisure magazine attempted to rank those with a list of "America's Best Towns for Fall Colors."

Coming in at No. 3 on the list? None other than Stillwater, Minnesota. Wrote the magazine:

"When the leaves start showing their colors in Stillwater—on the western banks of the St. Croix River dividing Minnesota and Wisconsin—visitors converge on the town’s many Victorian bed-and-breakfast inns. One of the best ways to take in nature’s show is by river cruise on a replica of an 1890s paddleboat."

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The town of about 19,000 was one of just three Midwestern spots on the 20-deep list, which was mostly dominated by the northeast corner of the country and Colorado.

The two others in the region: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, which finished ninth, and Harbor Springs, Michigan, which was placed 14th.

The top spot went to Oakland, Maryland for its "blazing colors" at Swallow Falls State Park.

"As the Youghiogheny River flows through rock gorges, the oldest stands of eastern hemlock and white pine—more than 360 years old—blanket the area in gold, orange, and red," the magazine said.

It's not clear how the list was put together.

Either way, the Minnesota town's colors should make a pretty good backdrop for that new HBO show called "Stillwater," – if they film it there.

On a separate autumn-themed list, the Clearwater Lake Lodge in Grand Marais, Minnesota, was ranked as one of the top hotels for fall colors by the magazine.

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