Fall Foliage Map
Ready to start leaf peeping this fall? Before you plan your fall foliage road trip, get the peak forecast from our partners at weathertrends360.
See weathertrends360’s recommendations for the best regions to see autumn’s spectacular color show this year.
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1. Northeast Region
When to Go: To catch the dazzling splash of color in the Northeast, the best time to visit is late September for higher elevations and areas farther north (northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York), while lower elevations and locations to the south will be best viewed in early October.
2. Mid-Atlantic Region
A scenic ride down Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park will be a must this year, as the tree-lined roads and picturesque overviews will offer some of the most exhilarating views of foliage anywhere in America.
When to Go: The brilliant array of color extends down into the mid-Atlantic in early October for higher elevations and mid-October in lower elevations. Areas closer to the coast typically peak around mid-October.
3. Midwest Region
The weather was favorable in the summer, with near- to below-normal temperatures and sufficient rainfall. The lack of any sustained drought was a strong positive for healthy leaf growth and will contribute to bountiful color this autumn. Temperatures have continued to trend near- to below-normal going into September, with below-normal rainfall in the Upper Midwest and above-normal rainfall farther south. Some early-season frost in the Upper Midwest may prove to be a limiting factor for foliage there.
When to Go: Late September to early October will be the best time to head to the Upper Midwest for some leaf peeping; southern parts of the region will peak toward mid-October.
4. Western Region
Warm weather has continued into early autumn, albeit with more rainfall. Unfortunately for West Coast leaf peepers, hopes for brilliant fall foliage this year were likely squashed with a continued and severe drought.
When to Go: The peak of the season in the Western region typically occurs from mid- to late October. However, this year, many areas may peak closer to mid-October because of drought and a hot summer. For the foliage in the Rockies, plan a trip a little bit earlier in October or even early September for the highest elevations.