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After everything we’ve been through this year, we deserve to have something to look forward to. Unfortunately, many of the usual fall activities—like children in disguise visiting every house in your neighborhood—may not be possible, thanks to COVID. But one thing we can still count on (though at this point, who knows what’s on the agenda next in terms of natural disasters) is getting to enjoy the leaves changing color.

Whether you are a serious leaf peeper, a fan of autumn road trips, or will still be stuck inside (but are interested in seeing something new out the window), you probably want to know when your area—or the place you plan to visit—will reach peak color. Fortunately, there’s a tool that can help with this. Here’s what you need to know.

How to use the fall foliage map

Like previous years, SmokyMountains.com has provided us with a map featuring predictions as to when the leaves in each part of the United States will be at their most colorful. Using the map is pretty straightforward: just drag the circle on the timeline under the map to different dates to find the forecast for the foliage.

For example, by September 7th, leaves are expected to start changing color in New England, the northernmost parts of the upper Midwest, and in the Rocky Mountains. Just two weeks later, many of those areas will have reached their peak color.

Of course, as the website does point out, these are just predictions, and “while no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.” So if you book that Airbnb in Vermont according to the map, but end up missing peak color by a few days—or if there’s a big storm that blows all the leaves off the trees early—you can’t blame the map.

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