Fall foliage planner: find the best times and places to enjoy the season
Plan the best of the foliage season this year with an interactive fall foliage map from SmokeyMountains.com. The national map offers a slider so you can search by date to see where and when has reached minimal change, partial, near peak, peak or past peak across the nation from September through November. It also includes interesting information about why leaves change colors.
And here are some suggestions of where to get the best views.
- Trip Savvy offers a state-by-state guide to fall foliage peak times along with state foliage hotlines
- Lonely Planet: The best places to see fall colors in the US
- Good Housekeeping: Where and When to See the Best Fall Foliage Colors in Every State
- Country Living 29 Best Fall Festivals and Fairs Across the United States
New England foliage and autumn activities
Of course, those of us who live in New England are a little snobby about our status as a prime fall destination and foliage viewing point. From Yankee Magazine, find a New England foliage map, as well as links to articles on the best seasonal things to do, from festivals and fairs to places and driving routes:
- 10 Places to Visit in New England in Fall
- Favorite Fall Foliage Drives in New England
- Best Corn Mazes in New England
- Best Apple Orchards in New England
- Fall Foliage Train Tours
- 5 Best Pumpkin Festivals in New England
- 12 New England Fairs to Visit This Fall
Yankee also offers a free Yankee Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Autumn in New England, one of many free New England Guides. Also see Town & Country for their picks of 14 Incredible Spots to See Fall Foliage Across New England
As you’re out on the roads leaf-peeping, visiting apple orchards or commuting to-and-from work this autumn, keep a sharp eye out: The likelihood of striking a deer more than doubles in the fall. Your normal odds of a ruminant-related collision claim are about 1 in 169, but the likelihood more than doubles during October, November and December. See our post: Watch the roads: Autumn is peak deer-vehicle collision season
Florida in the Fall
For our agents, clients and friends in Florida, while the foliage may not be quite as brilliant, you can indeed enjoy the change of season in the great outdoors through wonderful trails, scenic highways, beaches, festivals and fairs. Here are some suggestions:
- Fall Events in Florida
- 12 Things to do in Florida During Fall
- Florida’s 12 Best Outdoor Festivals in Fall
- Guide to Fall in Florida: Festivals, Events, Things to Do
- Florida Scenic Highways
- The Florida Trail
- Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail
- Florida Hikes
These suggestions should give you some good options. One more thing: When you’re on the road, it’s always a good idea to have your local insurance agent’s name and number with you in case any mishaps occur on the road. Make sure you have your independent insurance agent’s info in your phone contacts listing!
Reprinted from Renaissance Alliance – no usage without permission.