Sep 18, 2023 - Things to Do

Map: Iowa's peak fall foliage schedule

πŸ‚ Predicted fall foliage progression in the Midwest
Data: SmokyMountains.com; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios

It's almost fall, y'all β€” and that means it's leaf-peeping time.

Why it matters: Your window to view the bright hues might be trickier to predict, as climate change impacts when leaves change β€” and how colorful they get.

Driving the news: Travel brand SmokyMountains.com put together 2023 foliage prediction maps of the U.S. showing the majority of the state will be near peak mid-October,

  • The state will likely be past peak color by the end of October.

Yes, but: Iowa's drought is also expected to cause leaves to fall prematurely this year. While colors will be brighter because of dry conditions, leaves will also likely change a week earlier than normal, the Register reports.

The best places to view fall foliage in Iowa include:

The bottom line: If you're planning on a trip or taking photos with the fall leaves β€” plan to do so earlier than normal this year.

Credit: Data: SmokyMountains.com; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios
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