Interactive US Map Predicts the Changing Colors of Leaves By Date and Location

The changing fall foliage marks a highly anticipated time of year—one in which the landscape is cloaked in gorgeous golds, amber, and auburn leaves, making it socially acceptable to again enjoy a pumpkin spice latte. For those who want to track this annual transformation, the Smoky Mountains website has an interactive map that allows you to see fall’s progress, week by week. From the end of August to the beginning of November, the US-based map provides an outlook at when and where the season will reach its peak in beauty.

The Smoky Mountains calls their graph “the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves.” It’s intended to help travelers time their trips so that they can best catch the vibrant colors. There’s a slider at the bottom of the map, and as you drag it along the weeks, you’ll have an idea of how they change.

The transformation happens sooner in some areas than others. Depending on where you live (or where you’re going), you’ll want to head to places like the Maine, Vermont, and Colorado first—they experience peak foliage the fastest. Places like Texas and Florida, in contrast, wait until early October before the leaves begin to change.

What kind of fall foliage will you see this year?

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Fall Foliage Prediction Map: Website
via [Kottke]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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