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A State-by-State Guide to Fall Colors

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year and we can thank Mother Nature for that. Our country offers a spectacular show of fall foliage - bright displays of gold, scarlet, and orange.

With 50 states and hundreds of state parks and forests to choose from, it may be intimidating to figure out just where to go to view the displays. Check out the state-by-state listing below for information on peak times and colors for each state, including further resources to plan your trip!

Alabama

Dominant colors: Gold, orange, and red.

Peak Time: Fall colors will begin showing in the mountains of North Alabama in early October and then sweep across the region. Colors will be at their peak from late October to early November.

Check out the Fall Color Trail page for suggested viewing spots, including Oak Mountain State Park.

Arkansas

Dominant colors: Gold, orange, red, and purple.

Peak time: The last few days of October and the first few days of November. If you need to plan well in advance for an Ozark fall foliage trip, your best bet is coming over the last weekend of October, or the first weekend of November.

Check out the Ozark Fall Foliage Report for detailed information on the fall foliage in the area, photos, and suggested driving tours.

Colorado

Dominant color: Yellow and gold.

Peak Time: The month of September is the ideal time to witness this gilded spectacle, but you have to time it right—the color is fleering, lasting only about a week in most places. Unfortunately, it's difficult to predict when exactly the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy: select your travel dates in advance, but not your destination. Then go wherever the color is.

The Colorado State Parks site has a page dedicated to great trips to take during fall. Colorado.com also offers trip itineraries for aspen lovers.

Connecticut

Dominant colors: Yellow, orange, and red.

Peak time: Foliage season begins in mid-to-late September and extends through mid-to-late October. Peak color is estimated to be between October 11th and November 1.

View the Connecticut State Parks website for current fall foliage reports and scenic view and hiking recommendations.

Georgia

Dominant Colors: Orange and gold.

Peak Time: Early to mid-November are the best times to see fall foliage in Georgia.

Illinois

Dominant Colors: Yellow and red.

Peak Time: Mid-October to Early November. Check out the state's foliage hotline at 800-226-6632.

Iowa

Dominant Colors: Yellow and red.

Peak Time: Peak fall color occurs in Northeast Iowa, on the average, on the weekend closest to October 10th. Peak fall color occurs later in the more southern parts of the state. Check out the state's foliage hotline at 515-233-4110.

Kentucky

Dominant Colors: Yellow, orange and red.

Peak Time: Peak fall color for the state occur late October to early November.For more information, call 800-225-8747 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Maine

Dominant Colors: Red, purple, and yellow.

Peak Time: Southern Maine and coastal areas typically reach peak colors mid-October while western mountain areas peak earlier in the month.

Maryland

Dominant Colors: Yellow and red.

Peak Time:In southern and central Maryland, peak colors are on display in late October and early November. If you can only visit during early October, visit parks around Garrett County. Also be sure to check out Maryland Fall Foliage/Events at 1-800-532-8371.Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fall Foliage and Festival Hotline

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