Falling for Fall | Planning Help Online
Tired of waiting for the gingko tree in your front yard to turn a brilliant shade of yellow? Hit the road and discover all autumn has to offer with the help of these online foliage resources.
As its name suggests, this site maintains a broad network of “foliage spotters” across the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest, who send in twice-weekly reports during high color season. There are also links to accommodations (primarily inns and Bed & Breakfasts) in each region, as well as suggestions for things to do when you’ve had your fill of leaf-gazing.
It’s no surprise that Weather.com’s fall foliage site is…well, all about weather. Regional, color-coded maps track the leaves’ peak throughout the season, and the “Fall Drives” link gives you average temperatures in foliage-friendly cities like Burlington, Vermont. There’s also a fairly impressive slideshow if you need an immediate fall fix.
Gorp’s fall foliage page is super-easy to navigate, thanks to a straightforward format that lists related articles by region. In keeping with the site’s adventure-travel theme, you’ll find suggestions for great fall hikes and cycling trips, as well as information on secluded autumn getaways.
This site, maintained by the University of Illinois Extension, is little more than a collection of links—but what a collection it is. It will connect you with state-specific color reports and events calendars, as well as fall-themed activities and photo galleries. There’s also a helpful chart that lists common tree types and the colors they turn.