Leaf peep­ing plan­ning guide

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Mil­lions of peo­ple each year look for­ward to the mag­nif­i­cent col­ors on dis­play in au­tumn. Fall of­fers ir­re­place­able views, whether you're atop a moun­tain ridge or thick in the folds of a for­est. In ad­di­tion, the crackle of leaves un­der­foot and the earthy smell of the soil tempts the senses even more.

Some ad­vance plan­ning can help make fall fo­liage trips that much more en­joy­able and awe-in­spir­ing.

Peak view­ing times

Ar­eas of the north­ern-most lat­i­tude will start to show color ear­lier than more south­ern ar­eas. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the leaf-view­ing sea­son be­gins in late Septem­ber and runs through early Novem­ber for much of North Amer­ica. Peak times for view­ing de­pend on ar­eas of travel and time of year. For large swaths of Canada and the United States, plan trips for late-Septem­ber to mid-Oc­to­ber. The Weather Chan­nel of­fers maps and charts at www.weather.com/maps/fall­fo­liage for the peak times for many ar­eas of the U.S.

Pick your des­ti­na­tion

Any­where with de­cid­u­ous trees pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness blaz­ing au­tumn color. Dur­ing leaf­peep­ing sea­son, trav­el­ers can go coast to coast and see awe­some vis­tas. Some re­gions are par­tic­u­larly known for their leaf dis­plays. New York’s Catskill and Adiron­dack re­gions are prime spots for vis­i­tors in the au­tumn. Those who live fur­ther north will find that leaves in Ver­mont are such an at­trac­tion that routes are pub­lished in­di­cat­ing where to en­joy the best views. Fur­ther south, Cen­tral and East­ern Vir­ginia peak in late Oc­to­ber. And don’t for­get the shores of the Great Lakes, which are awash in reds, oranges and yel­lows by mid-Septem­ber. The travel re­source From­mer’s of­fers

more leaf-peep­ing lo­cales to visit.

Pack the right gear

While most peo­ple are not with­out a smart­phone that can cap­ture amaz­ing high-res­o­lu­tion im­agery, se­ri­ous leaf pho­tog­ra­phers may want to take out their prized cam­era equip­ment for leaf­peep­ing ex­cur­sions. Also bring along a map or a GPS-en­abled de­vice so you can ex­plore back roads and ar­eas off the beaten path more read­ily.

There are plenty of apps that can help with fo­liage-find­ing ad­ven­tures, so a phone is a handy tool. When pack­ing, also bring along hik­ing boots, com­fort­able lay­ered cloth­ing and any equip­ment you’d nor­mally take for an af­ter­noon in the great out­doors.

An­other idea is to hit the ATM ma­chine prior to the visit. Many smaller towns and their lo­cal shops may not take credit cards, so it’s best to have cash on hand for food and sou­venirs.

Ex­tend the day

Make leaf-peep­ing part of a larger se­ries of events for the day. Scope out vine­yards where you can sam­ple lo­cal wines or plan trips around or­chards, where you can come home with beau­ti­ful pho­tos as well as fresh-picked ap­ples and pump­kins. You may find a county fair or street fes­ti­val while ex­plor­ing.

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