Fall Foliage Is About to Have Its Prettiest Year Yet

Make way for longer lasting, more colorful foliage this fall season that you'll have to see to believe!

9/25/18 - Break out your hiking boots this fall, because an adventurous autumn is in store for you. Get ready for exta red, orange, and yellow colors this fall season. Experts are saying this year's fall foliage will be more colorful and longer-lasting than ever before.

In past years, autumns haven't been reaching their full potential, and it's all due to the rainfall. Because of the changing frequency of summer rainfall, autumn leaves aren't getting the adequate water they need—there has been too much or too little, which has been dulling their fall colors. This season's forecast shows a vibrant display of colorful leaves in our future. According to AccuWeather, we should expect vibrant colors in the foliage forecast—Northeastern states especially.

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Smoky Mountains created an interactive map that shows when fall foliage will be at its peak throughout the country. In 2018, they predict fall color later in the season due to high levels of precipitation and warmer temperatures in September.

SmokyMountains.com (a Smoky Mountains tourism site) created this interactive map to determine peak fall colors across the United States by county. The best color is represented by cherry red, but often the in-between phase of fall foliage is just as beautiful as the full transition. Check out the predicted color in your area, or use the graphic to help plan a fall foliage viewing trip.

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Best Destinations for Fall Color

Start your engines this autumn season! You'll want to venture out to these spots for the best views money can't buy. Check out some of the best places to go for an extravagant, colorful fall show.

  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
  • Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
  • Lake Placid, New York
  • Oakland, Maryland
  • Stillwater, Minnesota
  • Stowe, Vermont
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Whitefish, Montana
  • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Salem, Massachusetts
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Oxford, Mississippi
  • Cape May, New Jersey

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When Is Fall Foliage Peak?

Wondering when the colors will start to flourish in your neck of the woods? Your fall foliage peak will most likely hit in early October. This is when most of the country will experience the most vibrant display of colors, but some parts of the country will start to experience this colorful show in early September. Regardless, the whole country will definitely see some changing colors by early November. Want to know exactly when you'll have color in your region? We've got you covered!

Midwest: Late September - Late October

Northeast: Early September - Early November

West: Late August - Late October

South: Early October - Mid November


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