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America is always beautiful, but especially so in autumn when fall foliage is reaching peak colors. All sorts of people and sites make prediction for when the colors will be the best, but here are the peak fall foliage dates for the 48 contiguous states, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. Photo #1 by ForestWander
Sweet home Alabama fall color trails: “As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color. This blend of brilliant autumn foliage, coupled with cooler temperatures and an occasional gentle breeze, makes for an unforgettable experience.” The Farmers’ Almanac predicts the most probable 2013 peak colors in Alabama will be from Oct. 19 – Nov. 4. This shot is of a group of paddleboarders passing in front of bright fall foliage at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo #2 by The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale/Alabama Media Group
Autumn and fall foliage in Sedona, Arizona. The predicted peak color dates for Arizona are Oct. 5 – 21.
The peak foliage dates for Arkansas were divided into two parts: Overall the dates are Oct. 19 – Nov. 4, but the Arkansas Ozarks are predicted to peak between Oct. 12 – 28. Although there were many gorgeous fall photos, this one won out in our opinion due to the capture as well as the 300–year–old legend that goes along with Petit Jean State Park Cedar Falls. Petit Jean was a French girl who disguised herself as a boy so she could secretly accompany her sweetheart, an early explorer, to the New World and to this Arkansas mountain. Photo #4 by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Aspen tree fall yellow color in California. The photographer noted the location as “off Tioga Pass and Conway Summit north of Lee Vining, CA, off Virginia Lake Road.” California peak foliage color predictions are from Oct. 15 – 31.
Autumn in Baldwin, Colorado, a state where Oct. 5 – 14 is the predicted peak time for fall colors.
Swan during autumn at Young’s Pond, Branford, Connecticut. Prime-time colors for Connecticut foliage is predicted between from Oct. 12 – 28.
Autumn in Delaware is predicted to peak from Oct. 19 – Nov. 4. Photo #8 by Delaware.gov
Very little autumn color for Florida, but this is fall on Blackwater River. Florida ‘peak’ dates for fall foliage: Nov. 2 – 11.
Old House and Black Walnut Tree in Pleasant Valley – Gaddistown, Union County, Georgia. Autumn peak colorful season for Georgia is predicted to be between Oct. 19 – Nov. 4. Photo #10 by JR P (UGArdener)
Autumn Rain coming to Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho. Peak colors for Idaho are predicted to be from Oct. 5 – 21.
Rim Rock overlooking Pounds Hollow in southern Illinois. There are three choices of trails here, but Rim Rock National Recreation Trail leads around the rim of a rock escarpment. From the bluff top, there are continuous views with exceptional scenic beauty of cliffs, forest and rock formations. Illinois foliage will be most colorful: (Northern) Oct. 5 – 21; (Southern) Oct. 12 – 28. Photo #12 by Love These Pics
Autumn in Indiana. Peak foliage dates are predicted to be (Northern) Oct. 5 – 21 and (Southern) Oct. 12 – 28.Photo #13 by ayay
Autumn Reflections, fall foliage in Iowa. Farmers’ Almanac predicts peak Iowa foliage colors from Oct. 5 – 21.
Kids playing in the fall foliage of Kansas. Autumn colors are expected to be in top form in Kansas from (Northern) Oct. 5 – 21; (Southern) Oct. 12 – 28.
“Ghostly fall colors,” wrote the photographer. Great Gulf Overlook near Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Predicted prime time for Kentucky fall color is (Eastern) Oct. 5 – 21; (Western) Oct. 12 – 28.
Fall foliage and floating camp on the Ouachita River in Louisiana. The photographer added, “There are no roads to this camp, only access is by water. Notice that the camp is floating on pontoons and Styrofoam, the pole on the sides guide the camp up and down as the water rises and falls.” Autumn colors in Louisiana are predicted to peak around Nov. 2 – 11.
“Old Ice Pond at Hinkley Park,” Maine. Autumn fall foliage in Maine is estimated to peak (Inland) Oct. 1 – 17; (Coastal) Oct. 5 – 21.
Early fall in western Maryland. Autumn colors are predicted to be best in Maryland from Oct. 12 – 28 for inland and Oct. 19 – Nov. 4 for coastal.
Fall colors at Old Mill in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Massachusetts prime time for color is predicted to be (Inland) Oct. 5 – 21; (Coastal) Oct. 12 – 28.
Autumn in Michigan, fall foliage and one-room schoolhouse. Peak colors predicted for Michigan are Oct. 1 – 17 for northern and Oct. 5 – 21 for southern.
Rail Road Bridge over St. Croix River, Minnesota. Foliage is predicted to be most colorful from Oct. 1 – 17 for northern Minnesota and Oct. 5 – 21 for southern.
Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway fall foliage. Mississippi prime time autumn colors are predicted to be between Oct. 19 – Nov. 4. Photo #23 by NPS
Brilliant red fall foliage in Grantwood. Peak autumn dates for Missouri: (Northern) Oct. 5 – 21; (Southern) Oct. 12 – 28.
Westbound freight train at Glacier Park, Montana. Predicted peak co
lors are Sept. 28 – Oct. 9 for central and Oct. 5 – 21 for western.
Taken in Indian Cave State Park, southeast Nebraska, over-looking the Missouri River Valley. Nebraska is predicted to peak with color between Oct. 5 – 21.
Nevada Onion Harvest in Mason Valley, Lyon County, Nevada. Autumn in Nevada is predicted to showcase its best colors from Oct. 12 – 28.
Bright fall foliage in New Hampshire. The peak for colors is predicted to be (Inland) Sept. 28 – Oct. 9; (Coastal) Oct. 5 – 21. Photo #28 by bluepoint
Fall colors on a country road tucked in the back hills of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Autumn is expected to be at its peak colors from Oct. 12 – 28 for inland and Oct. 19 – Nov. 4 for coastal.
“Seasonal shift” to autumn in New Mexico, with the peak colors of fall predicted to be between Sept. 28 – Oct. 9.
Kaaterskill Creek, Catskill Region fall foliage in New York. Farmers’ Almanac predicted peak colors from Sept. 28 – Oct. 28, depending on elevation and distance from the coast. Photo #31 by E Palen
Autumn in North Carolina. Graveyard Fields from Blue Ridge Parkway. Peak foliage for North Carolina is estimated to be from Oct. 12 – 28 for inland and Oct. 19 – Nov. 4 for coastal. Photo #32 by Tsimmons
Autumn in North Dakota, bison at the Little Missouri River, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Peak North Dakota foliage dates are predicted to be from Oct. 5 – 21. Photo #33 by Good Sam
Autumn in Ohio at Geneva State Park. The photographer added, “Do not pass ‘GO’. Head directly into autumn heaven.” For Ohio, Farmers’ Almanac predicts peak colors between Oct. 5 – 21.
Autumn in Oklahoma. Beavers Bend State Park puts on a majestic show in autumn; its spicy fall colors reflect on the smooth-as-glass surface of the water. Oklahoma peak foliage is predicted to occur between Oct. 26 – Nov. 4. Photo #35 by Carolyn Fletcher
Autumn in Oregon. “Poplar trees reflection,” wrote the photographer. “Tree farm in full autumn bloom. There is a small puddle of water that the forest is reflecting in.” Peak fall foliage colors for Oregon are predicted to be from Oct. 12 – 28.
Autumn at Bushkill Falls, the ‘Niagara of Pennsylvania.’ Pennsylvania predicted peak fall foliage dates are between Oct. 5 – 21.
Autumn in Rhode Island, fall foliage and houses on a hillside in Providence. Rhode Island leaves are predicted to reach peak colors between Oct. 12 – 28. Photo #38 by Catherine Karnow/Corbis
South Carolina fall foliage. This aerial is of The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Farmers’ predicts Oct. 19 – Nov. 4 as prime time peak colors for South Carolina. Photo #39 by The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Beginning of yellows in the fall foliage of the Black Hills, South Dakota. This aerial view is of the Friendship Tower on Mt. Roosevelt. South Dakota colors are expected to peak between Oct. 5 – 21.
Wowza, the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is Fall Creek in Tennessee. Peak colors for foliage are Oct. 12 – 28, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. Photo #41 by Joey Lax-Salinas (JoeyBLS Photography)
Autumn at Uncertain, Texas. This fall foliage was at Caddo Lake. Texas is predicted to hit peak colors from Nov. 2 – 11.
Fall colors from Empire Pass above the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Peak fall foliage is predicted to be Oct. 5 – 21.
“The subtleties of autumn in Vermont,” noted the photographer. Vermont Peak fall foliage dates are predicted by the Farmers’ Almanac as: (Northern) Sept. 24 – Oct. 10; (Southern) Oct. 5 – 14.
Peak autumn colors in Virginia are predicted to be Oct. 12 – 28 for inland and Oct. 19 – Nov. 4 for coastal. These two whitetail does are grazing in a colorful autumn scene along Skyline Drive, Virginia.
Autumn in Seattle, Washington. The photographer called this sweet capture “Growing old together.” Washington is predicted to see peak foliage colors between Oct. 12 – 28.
Fall foliage and country-barn in West Virginia where peak foliage color is predicted to be between Oct. 5 – 21.Photo #47 by ForestWander
“A Bridge to Autumn” in Wisconsin. Fall foliage is predicted to peak between Oct. 5 – 14.
Autumn in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming. Peak foliage dates are expe
cted between Oct. 5 – 14, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
Whether you drive, hike, camp or canoe, get out there and experience America the Beautiful in autumn! Photo #50 by Watson Studios