This fall foliage map will tell you when fall will be in full swing in your area

September 11 2018 | bijouxandbits
This fall foliage map will tell you when fall will be in full swing in your area
The Ultimate Smoky Mountains Guide

It's early September which, for me, means it's Halloween. Yep, full-on Halloween month number one has begun! I kid (kinda), but really, now is the time for apple picking, pumpkin patches, costume making, cider drinking, bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, and above all, enjoying the leaves change color — FALL. Don't know when and where to head to capture the best photo ops for Instagram? This fall foliage map will help.

The map comes from The Ultimate Smoky Mountains Guide which also has data on average temperatures, the science of the changing leaves, and even has some fall-themed coloring pages to download. I sense a kids' day a-brewing with science and a trek in the woods.

It looks like my area of Chicago is going to start getting really pretty in early-mid October, before it becomes a dark and murky frozen tundra for six months. But hey, those two weeks will rock!

When is your area going to get some red, orange, and yellow foliage? Or are you in one of those tropical climates that stays green all year? At least this map will give you some ideas for a road trip to foliage town.

Check out the map here!

  1. I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains where leaf peeping season was very real and locals had a love hate relationship with it. According to the map they are pretty near peak right now. I live in the DC area that gets some pretty stellar fall colors. But nothing like the changes you'd see in northern NY.

  2. This is awesome, thank you for sharing! Also, hello fellow Chicagoan! Maybe we'll cross paths at an apple orchard, as I will also be doing ALL the fall things ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you have recommendations of favorite places/fall activities in the area? Here are some of mine:

    -Pumpkin patch: Sonny Acres (in West Chicago): It's been the same since I was a kid and I've never really stopped going. I like that it's not a huge complex and that it's been run by the same family for decades. Though you don't actually get to pick anything yourself, fyi.

    -Apple orchard: Apple Holler (near Kenosha): Went here for the first time last year and loved it. The orchard itself is huge and gorgeous and there's fun, kitschy fall stuff to do, too. Also, a wood-paneled, checkered-table-clothed restaurant that has comfort food and cocktails made with their own apple cider. OMG I need to go back, haha.

    -Ghosty stuff: The Weird Chicago haunted history tour is fun and always gives me a new appreciation of my city! I've done it a couple of times and have seen some different stuff on each tour. And they usually have Groupons.

    -the Halloween house in Logan Square (on Logan Blvd at Washtenaw): This guy decks out his house in a major way for Halloween and Christmas (and he makes a lot of the decorations himself!). Totally worth checking out if you're in the area.

    Sorry, I get overly enthusiastic about this time of year, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    • omggggg you are my fall twin! These are such great ideas! I have hit up Edwards Apple Orchard out in Poplar Grove and All Seasons in Woodstock but both are a bit of a haul. I must try these recs, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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