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

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Fall is officially here and it's time for everyone to take part in their favorite fall pastime of watching the leaves turn from green to those distinctive reds and browns. That's right, it's foliage season.

If you're the type to plan your road trips around fall colors you might ask, just when is the best time to see this fall foliage? The 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.

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Click here to track the peak foliage 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 autumnal peak. And it's just plain fun to use.

The map key notes whether each region's foliage will be partial, minimal, patchy, near peak, at peak or past peak. Now that we're well into October, much of the northeast is either near peak or at peak foliage. Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire are particularly beautiful this time of year. This is also the time to plan your trip to eastern Tennessee to see the leaves change color in the Smoky Mountains.

By early to mid-November, the central section of the country will have 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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The 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. If another meteor shower doesn't get you excited for the coming season, maybe this will.

This article was updated on Oct. 19, 2018.

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