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Fall foliage map 2020

This map predicts when you'll start seeing fall colors across each state in the United States

It's all science—sort of.

Anna Ben Yehuda

Whether you love fall or despise it since it signals the end of summer (relax, you've got until September 22), one thing is certain: these past few months have been weird and being able to denote a change—even one in season—is giving us a moment of joyful respite.

This interactive map, which is created annually by, seeks to highlight one of the very best aspects of autumn by projecting when fall foliage will start making an appearance in each state in the United States.

As a general statement, fall colors start popping out at the end of September and beginning of October but, for a more specific timeline, play around with the interactive map that we have reproduced above. Keep in mind, though, that nothing is certain. "While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year," reads the website.

According to the visualization, those in the Pacific Northwest, for example, will be able to gaze at red, orange and yellow foliage by mid-October. In New England, on the other hand, residents should pay extra attention to nature between September 21 and October 5.

After analyzing data surrounding your own state, you should consider embarking on a nice cross-country road trip to do some more leaf peeping. Fall is a beautiful season to travel in, after all. 

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