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Fall is coming! Use this map to see where the leaves are changing

The changing of seasons usually brings with it a beautiful display of colors. Going from winter to spring or summer to fall, the myriad of hues can transform the landscape overnight.

But few seasonal changes are as dramatic as when it shifts from summer into the bright yellows, oranges and reds of fall. It can be a spectacle to behold, and many people travel around the country to see it up close. Tap or click here for seven travel hacks to save you time and money on your next trip.

Since the continental U.S. is a vast place with differing climates, it’s not always easy to plan a trip around the start of fall. Luckily for those who are planning to hit the road, there is some technological help.

Here’s the backstory

The official website for the Smoky Mountains created an amazing map for anybody to keep track of the seasonal change. Fall Foliage Prediction Map is a “visual planning guide” to track the changing colors of leaves.

If you want to catch the peak colors of fall, the map features a timeline slider at the bottom. By shifting the timeline over the next few weeks, you can easily see where the most changes will occur. Colored indicators on the map range from minimal change and patchy to peak colors or past peaks.

According to the map, the best viewing between now and early next week will be in Colorado, Wyoming and southern Montana. Towards the end of the month, the best spots will spread from those states to include northern New Mexico and Utah.

In the north, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin will enjoy the first signs of fall next. This will be followed by changing hues in Michigan and Illinois.

Texas is the only state that will have almost no change in leaf colors until the very end of fall. According to the map, which plots out a timeline until November 15, the peak of the fall season will be around October 4.

There’s more to Fall

Not only does the webpage show the Fall Foliage Prediction Map, but it goes a bit further. It is packed with information on why leaves change colors and the science behind it. It also explains what determines the coloration of red, yellow and orange.

And there are four printable pictures for the kids that can be colored in with the shades of the season and some tasty recipes for fall treats. The youngsters will really love it!

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