A State-by-State Guide to Fall Colors

Peak Times and Dominant Colors

High Angle View Of Autumn Dry Leaves
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Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and the United States offers a spectacular show of fall foliage with vibrant displays of gold, scarlet, and orange. With hundreds of state parks and forests around the country, it might be overwhelming to pick the best place to view the displays. To narrow your search, this list includes information on fall foliage peak times and colors around the country.

However, keep in mind that it's difficult to predict exactly when the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy is to select your travel dates in advance but not your destination. Then before heading out, call the fall foliage hotlines for current information about fall colors in specific areas. Some official state tourism websites and state park websites also have up-to-date reports on fall foliage.

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    Dominant colors: Gold, orange, and red

    Peak time: Fall colors begin in the mountains of north Alabama in early October and then sweep across the region. Colors peak from late October to early November. 

    Foliage hotline: 334-242-4169 

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    Dominant colors: Red and orange

    Peak time: Fall colors last only a few weeks and hues change daily. Taking a train from Denali National Park to Anchorage is a fantastic way to see fall foliage.

    Foliage information: Email info@alaskatia.org for more information.

     

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: The best time to view autumn leaves in northern Arizona is from early to mid-October. Fall colors in the Sonoran Desert can be seen from late September to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 866-275-5816

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    Dominant colors: Gold, orange, red, and purple

    Peak time: Visit Arkansas in the last few days of October and the first few days of November for the best colors.

    Foliage hotline: 800-NATURAL

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    Dominant colors: Gold and red

    Peak time: Mid- to late October is the best time to view fall color, starting from the higher elevations in the Shasta Cascade region down to the foothills and coast.

    Foliage hotline: 800-354-4595 ​​

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and gold

    Peak time: September is the ideal time to witness this gilded spectacle, but you have to time it right—the color is fleeting, lasting only about a week in most places. 

    Foliage hotline: 800-COLORADO

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    Dominant colors: Yellow, orange, and red

    Peak time: Fall foliage season begins in mid- to late September and extends through mid- to late October. 

    Foliage hotline: 800-CT-BOUND

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    Dominant colors: Red and gold

    Peak time: The color and intensity change quickly, but your best bet to see peak colors is from mid-October to early November.

    Foliage hotline: 800-441-8846

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Being farther south, leaves in Florida don't peak until early November.​

    Foliage hotline: 888-735-2872

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    Dominant colors: Orange, red, yellow, and gold

    Peak time: Early to mid-November is the best time to see fall foliage in Georgia.

    Foliage hotline: 800-864-7275

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    Dominant colors: Varies

    Peak time: Because Hawaii's climate is tropical, seasonal changes are minimal compared to the mainland United States. You won't find the traditional fall colors here, but that doesn't mean Hawaii is less colorful. This time of the year, instead look for colors produced by the plants and trees in bloom such as the African tulip, chorisia speciosa, timor, royal poinciana, and rainbow shower. 

    Foliage hotline: 808-973-2255

     

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    Dominant colors: Red, orange, and gold

    Peak time: Peak colors are usually in early October in northern, central, and eastern Idaho. By mid-October, colors in Southern Idaho reach their height of color.

    Foliage hotline: 800-847-4843 

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: In northern and central Illinois, peak viewing time is mid-October. Southern Illinois peaks from late October to early November.

    Foliage hotline: 800-2CONNECT

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    Dominant colors: Gold, orange, and red

    Peak time: Northern Indiana reaches peak color in early to mid-October, whereas the southern part of the state peaks in mid- to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-289-6646

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Peak fall color occurs in northeast Iowa on the weekend closest to October 10, on average. Peak fall color occurs later in the more southern parts of the state. 

    Foliage hotline: 515-233-4110.​

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    Dominant colors: Red and orange

    Peak time: Northern Kansas colors peak from early to mid-October. Southern Kansas peaks mid- to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 913-296-2009

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    Dominant colors: Yellow, orange, and red

    Peak time: Peak fall color for the state occurs from late October to early November. 

    Foliage hotline: 800-225-8747 

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    Dominant colors: Red and brown

    Peak time: Early November is when to expect fall colors in Louisiana.

    Foliage hotline: 800-677-4082​

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    Dominant colors: Red, purple, and yellow

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

    Foliage hotline: 888-MAINE-45​

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    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. 

    Foliage hotline: 800-LEAVES-1

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    Dominant colors: Orange, yellow, and green

    Peak time: During the first week of October, plan a visit to the western and southeastern regions for foliage. Peak foliage occurs mid-October for the central area of the state whereas the eastern regions pop with colors at the end of the month.

    Foliage hotline: 800-227-MASS

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    Dominant colors: Red and orange

    Peak time: The far western quarter of the Michigan upper peninsula peaks from mid-September to early October, whereas all other areas in the upper peninsula peak from late September to mid-October. The expected peak color for the lower peninsula is from late September to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-644-3255

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    Dominant colors: Red and orange

    Peak time: On average, fall foliage peak times in the northern third of the state occur mid-September to early October. The central third of the state is most colorful between late September and early October. Southern Minnesota trees reach their peak late September to mid-October. One exception is the North Shore of Lake Superior where peak fall color arrives roughly one week later than inland areas.

    Foliage hotline: 800-657-3700

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and gold

    Peak time: Plan for fall leaves in Mississippi to turn in late October to early November.

    Foliage hotline: 866-733-6477

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    Dominant colors: Orange, yellow, red, and purple

    Peak time: Colors start to change in late September and peak in mid-October. Fall colors begin in the northern part of the state and move south to the Ozark Mountains. 

    Foliage hotline: 573-751-4115

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and gold

    Peak time: Watch for fall colors in central Montana in late September to early October. Western Montana peaks in early to mid-October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-847-4868

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    Dominant colors: Orange, red, and yellow

    Peak time: Leaves peak in Nebraska in early to mid-October.

    Foliage hotline: 888-444-1867​​

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    Dominant colors: Orange, yellow, gold, and red

    Peak time: Fall colors in Nevada peak in mid- to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-NEVADA8​

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Generally, the best times to view the fall colors are near the end of September in the far north, the beginning of October in the White Mountain region, and the middle of October in the south.

    Foliage hotline: 800-262-6660 or 800-258-3608

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Fall foliage peak viewing for Inland New Jersey is mid- to late October. Late October to early November is the best time for foliage in coastal areas of the state.

    Foliage hotline: 800-VISIT-NJ

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and orange

    Peak time: At higher elevations, peak viewing is in early to mid-October. Lower elevations peak from mid-October to early November.

    Foliage hotline: 505-827-7336 ​

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    Dominant colors: Red, orange, and yellow

    Peak time: New York is known for great foliage so plan your trip sometime between the last few days of September through the month of October. The Adirondacks and Catskills provide the most opportunities for vibrant fall colors.

    Foliage hotline: 800-CALL-NYS

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    Dominant colors: Red and orange

    Peak time: Inland areas of the state can expect fall foliage peak time around mid- to late October. The coastal regions of North Carolina typically hit their peak from late October to early November.

    Foliage hotline: 800-VISIT-NC

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    Dominant colors: Green, gold, rust, and brown

    Peak time: North Dakota leaves peak with fall colors in early to mid-October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-435-5663​

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and orange

    Peak time: Most trees peak during the second and third week of October. Late in the month tends to be an ideal time to visit the southernmost areas of the state.

    Foliage hotline: 800-BUCKEYE​

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    Dominant colors: Gold, crimson, and yellow

    Peak time: Fall foliage in Oklahoma is at its best in late October through early November.

    Foliage hotline: 800-652-6552

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Mid- to late October is peak foliage time for Oregon, on average.

    Check out the Oregon fall foliage blog where you can read predictions and share comments with others.

    Foliage hotline: 800-547-5445

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    Dominant colors: Red, orange, and yellow

    Peak time:  Peak color is during early October for the northern region of the state. The central region typically reaches full color in mid-October. For southeastern Pennsylvania, peak color occurs during the last two weeks of October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-FALL-INPA

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    Dominant colors: Red and orange

    Peak time: Peak viewing for Rhode Island is mid- to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-556-2484

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and orange

    Peak time: Late October to early November is the best time to view the stunning foliage South Carolina has to offer. 

    Foliage hotline: 803-734-0124

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    Dominant colors:  Crimson, gold, orange, and burgundy

    Peak time: Plan a trip to South Dakota in early to mid-October to see the leaves at their peak.

    Foliage hotline: 800-732-5682​

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    Dominant colors: Red and yellow

    Peak time: Typically the northeastern mountain regions see their peak during the last two weeks of October. Across the state, colors peak from mid-October to late November.

    Foliage hotline: 800-697-4200

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    Dominant colors: Red and yellow

    Peak time: The entire month of October is prime for spotting fall foliage, but the peak time is typically mid- to late October.

    Prime spots for foliage viewing are McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the area around Winnsboro in East Texas.

    Foliage hotline: 800-792-1112

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Utah's fall color season gets underway in early September at higher, northern mountain locations and continues into November in lower, southern areas. Scenic drives are one of the best ways to see the beauty of fall in Utah.

    Foliage hotline: 800-200-1160

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    Dominant colors: Orange, purple, and red

    Peak time: Northern Vermont reaches its peak between the last week of September and early October. Early to mid-October is peak time for southern Vermont.

    Vermont is well-known for stunning foliage, and state parks are a great resource. Be sure to check Vermont's ​foliage reports before planning your trip.

    Foliage hotline: 800-VERMONT or 800-828-3239​

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    Dominant colors: Yellow, orange, purple, and red

    Peak time: Inland Virginia reaches peak foliage from mid- to late October. Coastal Virginia typically reaches its peak from late October to early November.

    Shenandoah National Park is a fantastic place to view the foliage of autumn. Scenic drives such as the Blue Ridge Parkway are another great option for foliage viewing.

    Foliage hotline: 800-434-LEAF

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Fall color in Washington typically begins in mid-September and peaks in mid-October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-354-4595

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    Dominant colors: Orange, yellow, and red

    Peak time: The state reaches peak color from late September to late October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-CALL-WVA

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    Dominant colors: Orange and yellow

    Peak time: Early to mid-October is peak fall foliage time in Wisconsin.

    Online resources are available with extensive information including color reports, peak time estimates, and photos.

    Foliage hotline: 800-432-TRIP

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    Dominant colors: Yellow and red

    Peak time: Peak Wyoming colors can be seen from early to mid-October.

    Foliage hotline: 800-225-5996