Map: When and where to see peak fall foliage
It's not officially autumn, but PSLs have already arrived, and peak fall foliage will be here before you know it.
Driving the news: Using historical weather reports, tree species info and user data, travel brand SmokyMountains.com put together 2023 foliage prediction maps of the U.S.
- In some regions, leaves start to change colors in mid-September.
- Many regions are projected to be past their peak fall colors by the end of October.
Best parks to view fall foliage include:
- Acadia National Park in Maine.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
- Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.
- Letchworth State Park in New York.
- Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
- Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.
Between the lines: The green color in leaves comes from chlorophyll, the pigment that helps plants turn sunlight into energy via photosynthesis.
- As nights get longer and there's less sunlight in the fall, leaves stop making chlorophyll.
- The green color fades and the yellows, oranges, reds or purples become visible.
Go deeper: Top fall foliage destinations by SmokyMountains.com