Some people may not be ready to think about fall—but autumn is many travelers’ favorite season of the year. Moderate temperatures, fun seasonal activities, pumpkin-flavored everything, and, of course, the foliage that makes fall a great season for road trips and weekend getaways. Timing these excursions to coincide with “peak” fall foliage is always tricky, however, and this year looks to be trending later than usual in some areas.
AccuWeather says warm late-summer temperatures seem likely to delay foliage displays in the Northeast, one of the most popular destinations for leaf-peepers. Noting that “warm weather is predicted to stick around across much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this September,” AccuWeather foresees a “delayed foliage season in the Northeast–though, generally, a vibrant display is predicted, thanks in part to dryness anticipated before the turn of the leaves.”
The official foliage forecast from NewEngland.com echoes this prediction, saying that conditions this year are signaling “colors will come in a bit later than the historical average, but they will be longer-lasting ones, given the generally healthy leaves.” The site also offers a foliage prediction map for planning purposes. Late September to mid-October seem to encapsulate peak time, depending on the area you’re looking to visit.
New England certainly isn’t the only place to leaf peep, but AccuWeather also predicts a “spotty” season in the Pacific Northwest. Generally speaking it seems early for foliage forecasts, as most of the forecasts available on the web are for 2018. But if you’re thinking of booking a foliage getaway, so you can look at average peak dates and expect more 2019 forecasts around and after Labor Day. We’ll update this story as other regions’ foliage forecasts become available.