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When and Where to Catch Fall Foliage at Its Peak

For many of us, it just isn’t autumn until the fall foliage reaches its peak. Catch it at the height of its brilliance with this handy guide.

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    Nothing is more symbolic of fall than the changing colors of the leaves, from bright green to intense red, orange and yellow to earthy brown. For many of us, it just isn’t autumn until the fall foliage has reached its peak. Know where to catch it at the height of its brilliance with this handy guide. 1. Northeast: Late September through October in New York (earlier in the northernmost regions), throughout October in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, early October to early November in Delaware and Maryland.

    2. New England

    Mid-late September in the north, late September to early October in the middle and early to mid-October in the south.

    3. Southeast

    Late September to late October in the northern states, such as West Virginia, October through early November as you travel farther south.

    4. Midwest

    Mid-September through October in Michigan and Indiana (earlier in the northernmost regions), late September to mid-October in Wisconsin and Minnesota, throughout October in Illinois and Ohio.

    5. Pacific Northwest

    Late September in the northern regions through October in the southernmost areas.

    6. Southwest

    Throughout September and October. In Colorado, the month of September is the ideal time to see the Aspens turn a shimmering gold. Sources: Smarter Travel, The Foliage Network, Yankee Foliage, Best Midwest Travel, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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