The leaves are just beginning to change colors in my neck of the woods, in the Colorado Rockies at about 7,000 feet in elevation. The burnt orange, glorious gold and deep-red colors that will emerge in the coming weeks just put me in such an inspirational state of mind — fall foliage is Mother Nature in all her glory! Some smart tourist boards and visitor bureaus are sharing important information with potential visitors: when the changing leaves will be at their peak for best fall foliage viewing. I think creating fall foliage maps and fall foliage reports based on weather forecasters’ predictions is an absolute brilliant move by the tourism agencies.
Massachusetts: This is the website that inspired this round-up post. I love how you can hover over a week’s dates in the sidebar and the map will change color, according to the estimated foliage conditions at that time. It also suggests specific driving routes in different parts of the state.
New Hampshire: My childhood state also has the cool roll-over feature, but this map changes by day, according to the anticipated fall foliage conditions.
Maine: Tons of timely info here, with a written report, map and featured photo!
Vermont: Informative fall foliage reports are issued twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, here. I love the bike-tour suggestions!
Also check out Weather.com’s “Normal Peak Times for Fall Color” map of New England. Plus all the links for leaf-peepers at VisitNewEngland.com.
Pennsylvania: I don’t typically love Flash on my visitor bureau websites, but VisitPA.com’s is so stinkin’ clever, I’ll forgive the animation. Check out the falling leaves on the home page, click on the leaves and pinecones graphic, and you’ll be able to download a Foliage Report “coming soon.”
North Carolina: SoCalGal is heading to Asheville, North Carolina, next week, so she just might get to see the start of the leaves changing colors in the mountains. However, the Weekly Fall Color Reports aren’t quite in full swing yet on the VisitNC.com site, so perhaps these leaves change colors a bit later in autumn. Two Fall Reporters in North Carolina are on deck to share firsthand viewing information.
Oregon: The Oregon Fall Foliage’s blog tagline is “Let us help you find the best color throughout Oregon,” and it does just that with weekly reports on what’s happening with the changing leaves throughout the state.
Colorado: My home state doesn’t have a “live” conditions report, but it does offer a bunch of top road-tripping routes. And it links to the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color Report, which is updated weekly with reports from the national forests and grasslands in the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming. By clicking over there, I found there’s a hotline you can call to get fall color reports throughout the country! Cool.
Did I miss your state? Please feel free to leave quality links for leaf peepers in the comments!