Leaf Peepers Still have a chance to see Spectacular Fall Foliage

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

The gorgeous beaches and swaying palm trees are in year-round splendor in South Florida. But if you’ve ever wanted to behold nature’s spectacular fall color show, the autumnal display may be closer than you think.

ThrillList Travel says that this season’s foliage will be extra beautiful, exciting leaf peepers everywhere. Why? Thrillist reports it’s “due to significant drought conditions and lower-than-normal temperatures that much of the country saw this summer.”

Hard to imagine, since SoFl is still setting record-high temps.

If you want to take a vicarious trip via the internet, Smokymountains.com has put together a detailed interactive feature that allows you to see the exact moment when leaves will be at their technicolor peak.

Crayon-worthy shades of orange, red, brown, and yellow can delight the most skeptical of viewers, but in the world of leaf peeping, timing is everything. That’s what makes the interactive map so valuable.

Thinking of taking an actual trip to see the magnificent color? It may be closer than you think. TripSavvy has a state-by-state guide to help you discover the most vivd of umbrage. They even have a leaf-hotline for each state (even Florida!).

Georgia has a plethora of orange, gold, and red foliage. The good news is that the peak of color usually happens in early to mid-November. So, there’s still time to plan a weekend getaway.

The better news? You can drive from West Palm Beach to places like Kingsland, GA in just over 4.5 hours. But that’s just for starters.

If you want to see some seriously varied color, try taking a few more hours and soaking up the glory of fall in the Smoky Mountains.

Yes, getting to the Smokies will take you almost 12 hours from West Palm by car. However, you could fly into the McGee Tyson Airport (from PBI) in just over 3 hours. And airfares are more affordable than you might think. We found round-trip flights for about $250 each, with plenty of time to take in the sights.

For the truly dedicated, it’s hard to top the yearly show of leaves in New England. Our favorite? Maine – Freeport and Portsmouth are bursting with shades that seem to defy reality. But if you want to see the full of New England Autumn, you had better plan for next year, since the region began its transformation in mid-September.

No matter how you choose to experience fall’s festiveness – through an interactive map, or take in the lush beauty of nature in person, there’s a way for one and all to be leaf peepers this year.


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