BRACING itself for a magnificent show of fall colour across its 55 counties is West Virginia, America's mountain state, while the state tourism office prepares to share the best leaf-peeping spots with visitors.

For the first time, autumn colour fly-drive packages to West Virginia have been launched by American specialist, America As You Like It. Featuring seven-day itineraries, with direct flights to Washington DC with British Airways, this new destination is an attractive alternative to New England. Prices start from £611 per person (sharing) and include flights, seven-day car hire and accommodation in unique bed & breakfasts establishments.

To catch the best of the colour, another itinerary is to be released for October.

West Virginia is the third most forested state in the nation - nearly 80 percent is tree-covered with 36 state parks and seven state forests forming more than 200,000 acres of natural wonder and scenic beauty to provide tourists with a brilliant show of fall colour across the Mountain State. West Virginia's varied topography and elevation, ranging from a few hundred feet above sea level to nearly a mile high, stretches the leaf-peeping season from late-September into the early days of November. Viewing fall foliage is one of the most popular activities and it ties in with many traditional festivals.

Country Roads Fall colour trips can be booked with America As You Like It on 020 8742 8299 or visit