#TravelBySWColor

Where will color take you? From the red rocks of Utah to the wildflowers of New Hampshire, explore Sherwin-Williams color palettes curated for each state. Our #TravelBySWColor guide is here to show you some of the most colorful spots across the country.

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Alabama

Wait, waterfalls?! Alabama was made for road tripping, windows down and singing loud as you cruise from beautiful Gulf Coast beaches all the way up to jaw-dropping spots like Noccalula Falls, near Gadsden, which marks the start of the mighty Appalachians. Have you ever seen sheets of cascading water resemble crisp linen? You will here.

Color
Inspiration

Crisp Linen
SW 6378
Outerspace
SW 6251
Charming Pink
SW 6309
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Alaska

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but Alaska begs to differ. Here in the Last Frontier, you’ll shiver as you gaze at glacier-choked peaks and wildlife you typically only see in nature magazines. To explore the Inside Passage, in the state’s southeast, you’ll ride in your share of float planes—the mountain air awaits!

Color
Inspiration

Gallant Gold
SW 6391
Mountain Air
SW 6224
Anchors Aweigh
SW 9179
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Arizona

No, this cactus doesn’t only live in cartoons. The saguaro is real, and you can stand beside the quirky, towering desert plant in many spots around Arizona, particularly within the parks and botanical gardens in and around Phoenix. It’s practically a must when you’re exploring the arid landscapes of the Grand Canyon State.

Color
Inspiration

Eastlake Gold
SW 0009
Saguaro
SW 6419
Windswept Canyon
SW 9010
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Arkansas

The Natural State comes by its name honestly. Northwest Arkansas in particular is a quilt of scenic river valleys, low, bumpy mountains, and protected forestland. Indeed, the state’s palette is dominated by every shade of green! Head to Beaver Lake, just south of the Missouri border, and find your own verdant inspiration.

Color
Inspiration

Grandview
SW 6466
Riverway
SW 6222
Stay in Lime
SW 9032
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California

Love the larger-than-life style of the Golden state? Put on your sunglasses and enjoy the colorful views native to the one and only California. From the dusty hues at Joshua Tree to the aquatic shades that swirl at Venice Beach (pictured here), this coastal beauty has a little bit of everything.

Color
Inspiration

Surf Green
SW 6473
Golden Gate
SW 7679
Sierra Redwood
SW 7598
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Colorado

Ready for the Rockies?! There’s nothing monotone about this state and its world-famous mountain range. While the high peaks west of Denver exude the deep greens of aspen leaves and evergreens, the landscape takes on a dustier hue in Colorado’s southwest. But you can always expect snowmelt-driven streams to punctuate your hike, as pictured above in Chicago Basin in the San Juans.

Color
Inspiration

Snowfall
SW 6000
Copper Mountain
SW 6356
Rocky River
SW 6215
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Connecticut

From the inland hardwood forests to the coast of Long Island Sound, Conneticut’s colors enchant. Make your way to Esker Point Beach in the state’s southeast corner and ponder how the color of the sea morphs from oyster white to honorable blue as it rolls out toward Fishers Island.

Color
Inspiration

Oak Creek
SW 7718
Oyster White
SW 7637
Honorable Blue
SW 6811
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Delaware

Blink and you’ll miss it! Sandwiched between the metro hubs of DC and Philadelphia, Delaware is good at hiding its charms. Case in point: The Jasper Crane Rose Garden in the heart of urban Wilmington provides a calm refuge for visitors and a chance to admire dozens of different rose varieties. How many colors will you count?

Color
Inspiration

Great Green
SW 6430
Sand Dune
SW 6086
Appleblossom
SW 0076
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Florida

Ready to live your best salt life? It’s hard to beat beach time on a trip to Florida, but take a moment to peer behind the coastal resorts and theme parks to catch a glimpse of Old Florida. Even a small park like the Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek stands ready to usher you into a different Florida, and you just might find it refreshing to step inside.

Color
Inspiration

Eco Green
SW 6739
Surfin'
SW 9048
Tangerine
SW 6640
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Georgia

Take it slow and immerse yourself in the South. Georgia has it all: Sift your toes into the sand on a lazy stroll along Tybee Beach. Taste the best of local produce (and find your perfect Georgia peach!) at the Forsyth Farmers Market. Get a dose of history, along with a shot of that iconic live oak-lined drive for your Instagram, at Wormsloe Historic Site. From the swaying of the Spanish moss to the gentle lapping of bay waves, this state is sure to leave an impression.

Color
Inspiration

Pale Moss
SW 9027
Georgian Bay
SW 6509
Certain Peach
SW 6625
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Hawaii

Take a deep breath in and say it with a smile as you exhale: Hawaii! You’ve made it here, now what will you do? Learn to surf at Waikiki? Snorkel off a Maui black-sand beach? Explore the Garden Isle of Kauai? Or simply stop and smell the coral-hued hibiscus wherever you happen to be (like the Big Island’s Kailua-Kona, in the photo above).

Color
Inspiration

Open Seas
SW 6500
Ash Violet
SW 6549
Ravishing Coral
SW 6612
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Idaho

In the middle of Idaho Falls, on a small island in the Snake River, set between two roaring sections of the town’s namesake waterfalls, you’ll find the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden. It’s a bit of a microcosm of the state as a whole: the raw, sublime power of nature mixed with its meditative beauty.

Color
Inspiration

Snowdrop
SW 6511
Harvester
SW 6373
Jargon Jade
SW 6753
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Illinois

There’s plenty more to Illinois than its largest city, but Chicago looms large. Make your way to North Avenue Beach and look south to the goliaths of the skyline and you’ll see why this metropolis captures the imagination. How many colors will you see reflected in the shimmering windows of its skyscrapers?

Color
Inspiration

Honest Blue
SW 6520
Wood Violet
SW 6557
Reflection
SW 7661
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Indiana

To immerse yourself in the Hoosier State, start by skipping rocks into the Ohio River in the south and end with a dip at Marquette Beach Park, on Lake Michigan, at the state’s northern tip. Everywhere in between, stop to admire wildflowers of every shade, from the confident yellow of black-eyed Susans to the real red of the royal catchfly.

Color
Inspiration

Direct Green
SW 6924
Confident Yellow
SW 6911
Real Red
SW 6868
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Iowa

Maybe you’re crossing Iowa via the southern backroad of Highway 2 (pictured); or perhaps you’re hopping between cities—Davenport, Des Moines, and on to Omaha. Wherever you are in the Hawkeye State, keep your eye on the colors: the green of the fields, the cream of the gravel farm road, and whatever colorful shade adorns that grain silo on the horizon.

Color
Inspiration

Riverway
SW 6222
Creamy
SW 7012
Coming Up Roses
SW 6585
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Kansas

If ever there was a place perfect for a windows-down, music-up type of road trip, it’s the back highways of Kansas. In season, watch for hay bales punctuating the farmland landscapes between urban centers like Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City. This is America’s heartland, and it makes for one sweet journey.

Color
Inspiration

Whole Wheat
SW 6121
Tradewind
SW 6218
Sunflower
SW 6678
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Kentucky

The bluegrass still looks pretty green in the great state of Kentucky, and it’s that shade that dominates the rolling farmland, Appalachian foothills, and secluded hollows across the state. Just take the vista above, for example, captured outside the aptly named city of Bowling Green.

Color
Inspiration

Cavern Clay
SW 7701
Derbyshire
SW 6741
Charcoal Blue
SW 2739
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Louisiana

Feel the heat and hospitality, taste the sugar and spice, meet the Mississippi where it meets the sea—this is Louisiana. The easy green of the bayou will seep into your pores, while the call of the trumpet will serenade you long after you leave. Dance with Louisiana, and your world will take on new brightness.

Color
Inspiration

Impulsive Purple
SW 6832
Tarnished Trumpet
SW 9026
Easy Green
SW 6450
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Maine

There’s something about Maine’s rocky coastline that demands attention. Picture the drama of jagged chunks of granite being pounded by the incoming waves of a raging sea—it’s hard to look away. And you don’t have to. From the coastal parks of Portland (pictured) to the wilds of Downeast, this natural ballet is always within easy view.

Color
Inspiration

Raging Sea
SW 6474
Lantern Light
SW 6687
North Star
SW 6246
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Maryland

Who doesn’t need a city escape, even on vacation? On your visit to Baltimore, make time to check out the Cylburn Arboretum, just north of downtown. This former private estate provides a natural landscape bursting with calming gardens and stands of trees, woven through by the Jones Falls stream.

Color
Inspiration

Waterloo
SW 9141
Sensational Sand
SW 6094
Crabby Apple
SW 7592
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Massachusetts

Yes, there’s more to Massachussets than Boston—a lot more! Around 60% of the state is covered in trees, so get ready for some serious forest bathing. Even within smaller cities like Springfield, there are places like Forest Park where soothing greens, browns, and golds provide a haven for nature lovers.

Color
Inspiration

Haven
SW 6437
Colonial Yellow
SW 0030
Nantucket Dune
SW 7527
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Michigan

It’s time to high-five the mitten! Make your way to the very tippy top of the Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and ferry over to little Mackinac Island. On its southeast coast you’ll find the impressive limestone Arch Rock. Follow the walkway around it and peek through to spot the great green of the foliage and the soulful blue waves of Lake Huron.

Color
Inspiration

Copper Harbor
SW 6634
Soulful Blue
SW 6543
Great Green
SW 6430
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Minnesota

Follow your north star to the Land of 1,000 Lakes. There’s so much natural wonderland to explore in Minnesota, from the shores of Lake Superior to the vast tracts of forest south of the Canadian border to—of course—all those lakes. But make sure not to skip historic Minneapolis, where you’ll catch views like the Stone Arch Bridge, pictured above.

Color
Inspiration

North Star
SW 6246
Superior Bronze
SW 6152
Lakeshore
SW 6494
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Mississippi

You’re standing on a trail by the water, the land all around you a maze of marsh grasses, winding streams, and stands of tupelo trees. This is the Pascagoula River delta, near the city of Gautier in Mississippi’s southeast corner. Breathe in the soulful blue air of the Magnolia State, the salty scent of the Gulf blowing from just over the horizon.

Color
Inspiration

Prairie Grass
SW 7546
Soulful Blue
SW 6543
Tupelo Tree
SW 6417
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Missouri

Missouri’s nickname reads almost like a dare: Show-Me! The state certainly reciprocates, providing gorgeous views of low, rugged mountains, expansive forests, and some impressive lake systems (a small corner of Lake of the Ozarks can be seen above). But whatever you do, don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Gateway Arch in St. Louis!

Color
Inspiration

Bluebird Feather
SW 9062
Gateway Gray
SW 7644
Jazz Age Coral
SW 0058
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Montana

You’re in Montana, be bold! This is the land of big azure skies, jagged snow-capped peaks, and flourescent-tinted glacial lakes. Wherever you are in the state, epic is just around the corner. Whether you’re bucket-list hopping between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks or tracing the western boundaries of the Great Plains, let color be your guide and you won’t fail to find the trip of a lifetime.

Color
Inspiration

Great Falls
SW 6495
Grizzle Gray
SW 7068
Snowdrop
SW 6511
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Nebraska

Ready to let Nebraska surprise you? Be on the lookout for tumblin’ tumbleweeds as you make your way through the western Sandhills, but break out the bathing suits (yep, you heard right!) when you hit the beach at McConaughy Lake. Wherever you are, keep an eye peeled for hints of gold in late-summer wildflowers and the clouds during a perfect Midwestern sunset.

Color
Inspiration

Tumblin' Tumbleweed
SW 9120
Goldenrod
SW 6677
Open Air
SW 6491
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Nevada

Just west of Las Vegas, multi-hued rocks burst from the desert scrub, rising to mountains of painted cliffs. Welcome to Blue Diamond, your next Nevada must-see. It’s part of the larger Red Rock Canyon, and whether you’re a mountain biker, climber, or simply a color admirer, this spot will enchant your dreams for years to come.

Color
Inspiration

Nomadic Desert
SW 6107
Cavern Clay
SW 7701
Blueblood
SW 6966
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New Hampshire

Welcome to the Granite State! Yes, there are plenty of strong grays and formidable charcoals here, but there’s also a lighter side to New Hampshire. You’ll find it in the wildflowers the color of snowflakes lining your ridgeline hiking trail, in the sunlight reflecting off the waters of Chocorua Lake as you view it from high above. Make time to take in both aspects of New Hampshire’s palette when you visit and you just may learn how to balance the sturdy and the soft, the granite and the wildflower, in your life back home.

Color
Inspiration

Granite Peak
SW 6250
Windfresh White
SW 7628
Free Spirit
SW 6973
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New Jersey

It’s all about the sand on the barrier island of Sea Isle City, in southern New Jersey. Top the dunes and you’ll feel the ocean breeze on your face, views over the unbroken Atlantic waves. This is just one end of a shore that runs up to Fort Hancock near the mouth of Hudson Bay. That’s a whole lot of beach—pack those flip flops!

Color
Inspiration

Salty Dog
SW 9177
Sand Beach
SW 7529
Rock Garden
SW 6195
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New Mexico

“Red or green?” Choose your chile when you sit down to a delectable plate of New Mexican food. On a hike, though, it’s definitely red that stands out most. Northwest of Albuquerque, the land rises into the Jemez Mountains, crisscrossed with trails through slot canyons, past rusty red bluffs, and among forests of aspen and cottonwood.

Color
Inspiration

Sand Dune
SW 6086
Habanero Chile
SW 7589
Pueblo
SW 7711
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New York

Ready to get lost (in a good way)? New York’s Adirondacks make up the largest protected area in the Lower 48, and your activity list is only limited by your imagination—hiking, biking, skiing, birdwatching, paddling, camping…it’s all here. Far from the bustle of NYC, let the placid palette of the Adirondacks inspire you.

Color
Inspiration

Empire Gold
SW 0012
Mountain Stream
SW 7612
Wall Street
SW 7665
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North Carolina

Travel from west to east across North Carolina and the colors morph with the changing landscape. The western region is dominated by broad mountains. In the middle, the hilly Piedmont holds the biggest cities but hides plenty of pockets of colorful natural escape. And finally, the Coastal Plain rolls down to the ocean, past places like Green Swamp Preserve (pictured).

Color
Inspiration

Orchid
SW 0071
Topsail
SW 6217
Evergreens
SW 6447
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North Dakota

Let the wind coursing across the northern Great Plains soothe you. North Dakota is wide, its roads long and straight. But remember: For every endless field of wheat, there’s also a surprise in store. Spot bison on high bluffs in Theodore Roosevelt National Park or tour rebuilt Mandan and Hidatsa settlements at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.

Color
Inspiration

Dakota Wheat
SW 9023
Sunflower
SW 6678
Honey Bees
SW 9018
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Ohio

Take a bite and let the sweet juice dribble down your chin. Ohio holds the bounty of farm fields, waiting to be tasted at countless roadside stands and pick-your-owns, farm stores and farmers markets. What flavors will the colors of Ohio hold for you?

Color
Inspiration

Down Home
SW 6081
Real Red
SW 6868
Freshwater
SW 6774
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Oklahoma

Drive across Oklahoma and you’ll encounter landscapes where horseback seems the most appropriate way to travel. Elsewhere, fields of wheat will meet your eyes and lead them all the way to the horizon. But the Sooner State is also home to the western reaches of the Ouachita Mountains and the Ozarks. Stand at the highlands and look west at sunset to see the land spilling down toward an azalea horizon.

Color
Inspiration

Cowboy Boots
SW 9115
Azalea Flower
SW 6576
Whole Wheat
SW 6121
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Oregon

In northern Oregon, you’re presented with a striking contrast. The landscape plummets from the 11,250-foot peak of Mt. Hood, topped with glaciers, to just 170 feet in the Columbia River Valley. Stand at the right spot in between and you’ll be able to take in both at once, a true Oregon vista.

Color
Inspiration

Cascades
SW 7623
Cavern Clay
SW 7701
Icicle
SW 6238
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Pennsylvania

Fact: Pennsylvania does have a coastline, and a lighthouse! A narrow spit of land extends into the waters of Lake Eire north of the city of Erie, and it’s here that you’ll discover the 19th-century Presque Isle Lighthouse. Yep, there are beaches, too. You brought your bathing suit, right?

Color
Inspiration

Positive Red
SW 6871
Independent Gold
SW 6401
Loyal Blue
SW 6510
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Rhode Island

Around 14% of Rhode Island is water, thanks to the large Narragansett Bay that runs up its middle. They don’t call it the Ocean State for nothing! So while you’re here, be sure to experience the state’s lovely coastal towns and cities, including historic Newport, famous for its extravagant Guilded Age mansions. There are plenty of sandy beaches nearby, as well as rocky shores as in the image above.

Color
Inspiration

Endless Sea
SW 9150
Colonial Yellow
SW 0030
Topsail
SW 6217
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South Carolina

Greenville, SC might just be the most exciting city you’ve never heard of. Falls Park on the Reedy features a picturesque waterfall splashing through the middle of downtown, traversed by a parabolic pedestrian bridge and surrounded by top-notch shops, restaurants, and watering holes. Grab the crew and go!

Color
Inspiration

Likeable Sand
SW 6058
Constant Coral
SW 6325
Palm Leaf
SW 7735
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South Dakota

The Black Hills are punctuation mark on the western edge of South Dakota. Granite peaks rise in spires out of the forest, crisp lake waters lap the walls of naked rock. Head to Custer to start your Black Hills adventure, and pretty much any road you choose will hold views like these.

Color
Inspiration

Grassland
SW 6163
Vast Sky
SW 6506
Granite Peak
SW 6250
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Tennessee

Tennessee is a state of mountains and flats, forests and plains. Its waters flow in mighty rivers, cascading falls, and scenic resorvoirs (as in Bays Mountain Park, pictured above). What colors will you uncover when you explore the Volunteer State: from the blues and barbecue of Memphis to the country notes of Nashville to the hazy peaks of the Great Smokies?

Color
Inspiration

Copper Pot
SW 7709
Smoky Blue
SW 7604
Grandeur Plum
SW 6565
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Texas

Y’all ready for a Lone Star adventure? Step into your cowboy boots, ride the Gulfstream, and keep an eye out for armadillos—a Texas trip brings a combination of delights you won’t find anywhere else. For a swimming hole and a rock scramble to write home about, set your compass toward Hamilton Pool Preserve, just west of Austin.

Color
Inspiration

Armadillo
SW 9160
Gulfstream
SW 6768
Cowboy Boots
SW 9115
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Utah

Deep red sandstone, turquoise lakes lapping desert shores, towering rock spires the hue of honeycomb. Utah’s palette is nothing if not rich. Are you ready to explore it? Scope out the world-famous arches in and around Moab (Corona Arch is featured in the video above), take a dip in Fifth Water Hot Springs in the mountains southeast of Provo, and spend a day on one of the state’s massive desert lakes. You’ll return home with lifelong memories and the color inspiration to match.

Color
Inspiration

Rustic Red
SW 7593
Lakeshore
SW 6494
Honeycomb
SW 6375
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Vermont

Flatlanders, pack your hiking boots and charge that camera. The Green Mountain State is just that—one endless canvas of rugged peaks and straight-out-of-a-postcard rolling farm fields of deepest green. Whether you’re snapping a Monarch portrait in Dover Town Park or summitting Mt. Mansfield, the state’s highest peak, Vermont is sure to paint you a picture worth remembering.

Color
Inspiration

Red Clover
SW 6564
Autumnal
SW 6361
Forestwood
SW 7730
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Virginia

Virginia’s storied Blue Ridge is made even more vibrant by the colors that surround it: the emeralds and olives of the mountain forests, the cerulean and cream of a clouded sky. The range extends up the entire western border of the state—follow it and you’ll find a lifetime’s worth of nature escapes.

Color
Inspiration

Vintage Vessel
SW 9050
Ceremonial Gold
SW 6382
Roman Column
SW 7562
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Washington

What do a cup o’ joe and a mountain have in common? You’ll find out in Washington. Head to your favorite Seattle coffeshop and note the dominant shade of your double latte. Next, drive east up into the Cascades and match that hue with the slopeside boulders of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Welcome to the Evergreen State!

Color
Inspiration

Double Latte
SW 9108
Raindrop
SW 6485
Knitting Needles
SW 7672
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West Virginia

Leave the interstate behind and let those country roads take you to the heart of West Virginia. Seneca Rocks, Harpers Ferry, the New River Gorge…it doesn’t matter so much where you’re headed, just drive! The shot above was captured in Hedgesville, just south of the looping Potomac River in the state’s northeast.

Color
Inspiration

Mountain Road
SW 7743
Forestwood
SW 7730
River Rouge
SW 6026
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Wisconsin

A field of sunflowers can brighten even the cloudiest of days. And what’s not to smile about in Wisconsin, where you have the beach-lined shores of Lake Michigan, hopping cities like Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay, and the pristine forests and lakes of the Northwoods? Where will you head first?

Color
Inspiration

Creamy
SW 7012
Summer Day
SW 6662
Real Red
SW 6868
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Wyoming

Welcome to cowboy country. You’ll feel its wildness in the mountain chains that spread like fingers from the state’s northwest: the Snowies, the Winds, the Bighorns. And of course, it’s in the northwest that you’ll find that jewel of American natural wonders, Yellowstone National Park, and its many geologic delights.

Color
Inspiration

Foothills
SW 7514
Thermal Spring
SW 6761
Great Falls
SW 6495
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