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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Around the Midwest

August 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM | by | ()

2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The Midwest

· Michigan/Wisconsin: Late September will be the earliest for the Midwest, touching the tips of Upper Michigan and around Green Bay, WI. The bulk of the leaf peeping action for the entire states will come around the second week in October.
· Pennsylvania/Ohio/Indiana/Illinois/Minnesota/Iowa: These five states typically turn around the same time, which should be the middle-to-end of October in 2013.
· The Smokey Mountains: This range of mountains, cutting through West Virginia, the western bit of Virginia and the eastern bit of Tennessee, should see peak color around the second or third week of October.
· Kentucky and the southern tips of Illinois & Indiana: These will be the last to see Midwest color, coming at the end of October to the first week of November.

Further sources:
Head over to the individual state-specific links at chiff.com, and also for a little info on ideal driving routes.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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