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Best Fall Foliage Maps and Reports from State Tourism Websites

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.

George Bosela - sxc.huHere’s a peek at a few cool fall foliage websites that help you determine the best time to visit to catch the changing leaves at their peak

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!

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12 Responses to “Best Fall Foliage Maps and Reports from State Tourism Websites”

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    What a great roundup! I love autumn leaves!

    I’d also suggest another stop, which is Perthshire Scotland! It’s a long way, but with so many events on, it is well worth the trip this time of year:
    http://autumn.visitscotland.com/explore_scotland/perthshire/perthshire_autumn_events.aspx

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      ColoradoGal says:

      Funny, I think of “fall foliage” as such a North American phenomenon, but of course leaves change colors elsewhere! Thanks for sharing, Andy.

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      Anna says:

      Andy – I would agree that Perthshire is a gorgeous place to see autumnal colours. The VisitScotland website is a great place for info, didn’t know about that section, thanks for pointing it out.

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    We love fall. Just up from Maine and Massachusetts, the Province of Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada has spectacular fall colours. Route 16, which runs along the southern shore of Chedabucto Bay, the largest bay on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, has been described by Frommers as an “uncommonly scenic drive” and it only gets better when the fall colours come out. It makes our top 10 list of the best things to do in fall on the Nova Scotia Authentic Seacoast:
    http://www.authenticseacoast.com/play/autumn.html

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    I think writing a blog post on the Best Fall Foliage Maps is a brilliant move! Nice job.
    I have just returned from Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada and the leaves are beginning to change.

    Banff Lake Louise Tourism board promotes their “Fall Festival” on the website. I highly recommend horseback riding “Into the Larches” which are the trees about 7,500 foot elevation. Lovely colors and SNOW, too!

    They are on Twitter @BLLTMedia

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      ColoradoGal says:

      It looks like Banff is in my future, so I’m going to click on over!

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    Donna Hull says:

    Okay. I had to take you up on the challenge of finding an official site for colors in Arizona. What? Do saguaros change colors? Thought my state was a desert didn’t you? Actually, Arizona has mountain islands with beautiful fall colors. So, I went looking. Rather than an Arizona site, I found this cool fall colors hot spots listing from the USDA Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/news/fallcolors/

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    Jessica says:

    The Iowa Tourism Office’s fall foliage page includes insider tips, a list of autumn events and updates on colors from the State Forest Nursery. Find it at http://www.traveliowa.com/fallfoliage.aspx.

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    This is a great resource for maps and fall foliage information.

    I want to share website that allows guests to post the best locations for fall foliage locations and share their pictures from these locations to help others find where the best fall foliage pictures are located. A unique way to share the best places for fall foliage pictures.

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    Anna says:

    What an informative post, thanks!

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