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Autumn Branches Out on the Internet

(September 2001)

When the brisk, cool, and invigorating fall air arrives, we immediately think of kicking up leaves and drinking apple cider. If you enjoy watching the leaves paint the landscape in nature and in Technicolor, the Internet is a great resource.

The Right Time to Turn Over a New Leaf

Too often, travelers wanting to observe nature's fireworks find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, only to discover brilliant leaves littering the forest floor. Since leaves are fickle and often unpredictable, finding the right place at the right time is crucial.

Numerous websites devoted to autumn leaves are perfect for those who want to find peak fall foliage. Tourism boards from Maine to California have sites that not only show pictures, but also offer up-to-date status on foliage color, educational facts, weather conditions, and recommended driving routes—some even have real-time webcams that show fall foliage.

New England

Connecticut: Foliage season runs throughout October. The Connecticut Office of Tourism offers updates with details on when colors are at their peak throughout the state. Beginning in mid-September, visitors can call toll-free at 800-CT-BOUND (800-282-6863) for details.

Maine: Foliage season runs from late September to early October. The Maine Department of Conservation offers advice on when and where to visit, weekly foliage reports, the LeafCam, and the Kids' Page that's full of fun forestry facts for kids of all ages. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-533-9595.

Massachusetts: Foliage season runs throughout October. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism offers all the information you will need to plan a trip to see a Massachusetts autumn at its best. They provide maps showing the timing of fall foliage, daily reports on color show, tips from foliage experts, and suggested driving routes. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-277-6277.

New Hampshire: Foliage season runs from late September through mid-October. The State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development site offers regional reports on fall foliage. In addition, there are many fun and education facts for leaf peepers. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-262-6660.

Rhode Island: Foliage season runs throughout October. The Rhode Island Tourism site offers maps, historical information, and event listings. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-556-2484.

Vermont: Foliage season runs from late September through early October. The Vermont Department of Tourism site offers a Foliage Information Center with current foliage reports, suggested drives, explanations of how and why there is foliage color change, and lodging availability information. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-VERMONT.

Also visit Yankee Magazine's site for more New England fall foliage information.

Mid-Atlantic

Pennsylvania: Foliage season runs throughout October. On Pennsylvania's state tourism site, there are live webcams at nine locations, recording images from sunrise to sunset. The site offers 29 driving tours that will take you through Pennsylvania's 17 million acres of forest, and destination tours that will lead you to some of the most unique spots in Pennsylvania. Also, there is information on bird watching, foliage, hiking and biking, and events. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-FALL-INPA.

New Jersey: Foliage season runs throughout October. The New Jersey state tourism site offers foliage reports and suggested drives. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-354-4595.

New York: Foliage season runs throughout October. Each week during fall, ILoveNY.com issues reports detailing the progression of colorful fall foliage across the state. There is also a listing of fall events and fall views, peak foliage color map, NY leaf guide, and farm fresh guide. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-225-5697.

Virginia: Foliage season runs throughout October. The Virginia state tourism site offers information on peak foliage, country festivals with music, crafts, heritage celebrations, history reenactments, and food. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-434-LEAF.

West Virginia: Foliage season runs throughout October. The West Virginia Tourism Bureau site offers suggested foliage driving tours, a fall color map, and a calendar of events. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-CALL-WVA.

States that don't have foliage websites, but have foliage hotlines include:

Delaware: 800-357-1818
Maryland: 800-532-8371
New Jersey: 609-984-0370

South

North Carolina (Asheville): Foliage season runs from mid to late October. This site offers weekly fall color reports for Asheville and the surrounding area, along with suggested scenic drives and fall foliage photography. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-847-4862.

Georgia (Chattahoochee-Oconee): Foliage season runs from mid to late October. Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests fall foliage updates offer foliage reports and suggested viewing areas and drives.

States that do not have foliage websites, but have foliage hotlines include:

Alabama: 800-252-2262
Kentucky: 800-225-8747
South Carolina: 800-849-4766
Tennessee: 800-697-4200

Midwest

Arkansas & Missouri (Fall in the Ozarks): Foliage season runs from late October to early November. The Ozark Mountains site offers suggested tours, foliage reports, and interesting historical facts. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-519-1600.

Missouri: Foliage season runs from late October through early November. The Missouri Department of Conservation website offers extensive fall foliage information. It contains a calendar of special events and guides to the best driving routes and hiking trails. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-778-1234.

Michigan: Foliage season runs throughout October. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation website offers weekly fall-color updates, travel tips, and suggested site seeing tours. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-644-3255.

Minnesota: Foliage season runs from late September through mid-October. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website offers regional fall foliage reports. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-657-3700.

Ohio: Foliage season runs throughout October. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources website offers up-to-date fall foliage information. In addition to weekly color reports, the site offers scenic photos, webcam, along with suggested hikes and drives. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-282-5393.

Wisconsin: Foliage season runs from early through mid October. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism website offers a fall color report with the most current conditions across the state. It is organized by region and provides information on the percent of color, estimated time color will peak, and special views or drives. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-432-TRIP.

States that don't have foliage websites, but have foliage hotlines include:

Illinois: 800-226-6632

West

California: Foliage season runs from mid to late October. California Division of Tourism website offers regional fall foliage information. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-354-4595.

Colorado: Foliage season runs throughout October. Colorado Tourism Office website offers suggested itineraries to view peak fall foliage. Visitors can call its toll-free number at 800-COLORADO.

Idaho: Foliage season runs from early to mid October. The Idaho Travel Council/Division of Tourism Development website offers suggested drives and color information.

States that do not have foliage websites, but have foliage hotlines include:

Oregon: 800-547-5445
Washington: 800-354-4595, option #6

Nationwide Resources

US Forest Service National Fall Color Hotline. You can also call 800-354-4595.

Weather Channel Fall Foliage Report

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