How to: Fall Leaf Peeping

Years ago, the family would climb into the car and go for a Sunday drive. In this hectic life with weekend commitments pulling all of us various directions, perhaps there is one time of year when the road trip or stroll through a local park might provide a glimpse of the majestic side  of Nature.

Leaf Peeping season is upon us and will be starting in the northern and high elevation areas within the next two weeks and waning through October. Here is how you can plan a day trip or a weekend overnight in an area where nature’s beauty just might provide some calm before you head back to the routine on that next Monday.  And if you plan an overnight, NOW is the time to make a reservation!

In New England, every state has some scenic byways where the fall foliage puts on an amazing show including the Acadia National Park loop road in Maine, the Kangamagus Scenic Highway in New Hampshire (all roads affected by flooding have been repaired and are open), Route 100 in Vermont, the Berkshires in Massachusetts and Connecticut and along the rivers in all states. An interactive map providing informaiton about when areas will have the peak colorful show is located at

New York State has a marvelous color show in the Adirondack Mountains, the Catskills, in the Finger Lakes Region and along the Hudson River Valley.  Wisconsins’ Chequamegon Peninsula as well as Minnesota north of Duluth along Lake Superior can expect great color.

The Ozarks’ elevation in Missouri and Arkansas provides some cooler temperatures to help initiate the color changes. And further west, in the Rockies, the same happens.  Spectacular color can be found throughout the mountain states and along the Sierras and Cascades in California, Oregon and Washington.

If you google “fall foliage” and the name of your state, you will find one or more websites where either a government office or a group of interested people post updates to help you plan your drive.

Remember to dress appropriately for the cooler weather and bring your camera. However, you will notice, once you view the photos taken of spectacular vistas, that the image captured by the camera is a limited view of what you were able to see and enjoy. Get out there and see it!

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