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September 17, 2009

How to Find the Best Fall Foliage Updates Online


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Fall colors in Colorado (courtesy, Colorado Tourism)

Tuesday, September 22 officially marks the start of fall, a date eagerly anticipated by those most ardent of outdoorsy folks: leaf peepers! Reports show that Mother Nature is already revving up for the annual show, with rich reds, crimsons, and yellows already sweeping down through Canada and some of the more northerly parts of New England.

Look out this year, too, for a color-filled profusion of online updates, with newcomer Twitter.com able to provide a stream of real-time updates. And check out Away.com's comprehensive guide to fall for activity ideas and general peak predictions. For a great general resource, go to YankeeFoliage.com, plus follow the photographer who's behind the site on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Foliage_Reports.

Below the jump are listings for state and provincial tourism bureaus in those regions where fall colors are typically the most impressive, with additional information on the latest updates for the 2009 season. Obviously there are dozens more great local resources available around the Web, so tell us in the comments section if you have additional leaf-peeping information to share!

Top Statewide & Provincial Fall Foliage Resources
Colorado Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peaking only for 1-2 weeks late September to early October
Connecticut Twitter handle N/A colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Kentucky Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Iowa Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak in early to mid-October
Maine Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak in early to mid-October
Massachusetts Twitter handle N/A colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Michigan Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak early to mid-October
Minnesota Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak late September to early October
New Hampshire Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak in early to mid-October
New York Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now at higher elevations, peak early to mid-October
North Carolina Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October at higher elevations
Ohio Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak in early to mid-October
Ontario (Canada) Twitter handle N/A colors beginning to show now in more northerly locations, peak early to mid-October
Oregon Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Pennsylvania Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Québec (Canada) Twitter handle N/A colors beginning to show now, peak in early to mid-October
Tennessee Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Vermont Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak in early October
Virginia Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
Washington Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show late September, peak mid- to late October
West Virginia Twitter handle N/A colors beginning to show now at higher elevations, peak early to mid-October
Wisconsin Follow on Twitter colors beginning to show now, peak early to mid-October

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This is a great guide. You have listed a lot of the best areas.

I would like to check out the PS NF in North Carolina I imagine that is a wonderful place.

West Virginia is a great place for leaf peeping but we have gotten too much rain this season for the leaves to stay on the trees very long.

Thanks, Jessica. We've updated the post to include those upper Midwest states you mention, where the colors are coming into their own right now. Enjoy the season!

Hey - how about the upper midwest?! We have some brilliant color up here!!!

Minnesota - exploreminnesota.com (latest foilage update here: http://news.exploreminnesota.com/explore-minnesota-fall-color-report-september-10-2009/)

Wisconsin - http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fallcolor_report.aspx

Iowa - http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/fallcolor.html

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