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Map Shows the Best Time to See Fall Foliage Across the U.S.


Fall is officially here and it's time for everyone to take part in their favorite seasonal pastime of not only apple picking and visiting your favorite pumpkin patch, but watching the autumn leaves turn from green to those beautiful reds, yellows, oranges, and browns. That's right, it's foliage season! 

If you're the type to plan your activities around fall colors you might ask, just when is the best time to see this fall foliage? So glad you asked. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has released an interactive map that lets you see just when the peak moment for savoring autumn colors throughout the season will be. It's the ultimate fall foliage report for leaf-peeping from coast to coast.

Click here to track the peak fall foliage season in your area.


It's fairly captivating just to see a map of the United States change from a bland green to a scorching medley of brilliant colors. This map provides an accurate representation of just when each region here in America will reach its peak color. And it's just plain fun to use.

The map notes whether each region's foliage will be partial, minimal, patchy, near peak, at peak, or past peak. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and other parts of New England will be past peak by mid-October. But late October will be the perfect time to take a scenic drive or day trip out to see the peak fall colors in eastern Tennessee and North Carolina. You'll also get to see the leaves change color in the Smoky Mountains which will definitely be a sight that is worthy of sharing on social media.

By early to mid-November, the central section of the country will be at peak or near peak foliage.

This humble writer spent a good amount of time just dragging the dial back and forth just to see the map's colors shift back and forth. Hopefully, you all get the same sort of enjoyment from the map, too.


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This fall foliage map is an intuitive tool that gives users an accurate look into when they should expect to see fall leaves and even explains what makes the colors change each year. Use it to plan your upcoming fall getaway or to plan ahead on when your area will have the most colorful leaves. Happy fall!

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