The Best Time to See Fall Foliage in Your State This Year

Anna Green
The Ultimate Smoky Mountains Guide
The Ultimate Smoky Mountains Guide / The Ultimate Smoky Mountains Guide

One of the hottest summers on record is finally winding down and autumn is slowly emerging, bringing with it long-awaited sweater weather, pumpkin spice-flavored products, and, of course, the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn leaves. To celebrate the changing colors, The Ultimate Smoky Mountains Guide has created an interactive map of fall foliage for 2016.

Although fall foliage emerges at approximately the same time each year, the map predicts exactly when the leaves will reach their peak color across the lower 48 states. Users can scroll through the map’s timeline, which extends from August 26 through November 11 (when all regions will have passed their peak) and watch as each state transitions from summer greens to reds and golds. The map is perfect for anyone who is embarking on a foliage road trip or just curious about how trees change color across the country. In addition to the map, the foliage guide also includes plenty of fascinating facts about photosynthesis, and even provides free printable autumn leaf coloring sheets for anyone bringing the kids along on their autumnal adventure.

[h/t Lifehacker]