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Mapping the Changing Colors of Fall Across the U.S.

Much of the country won’t see those vibrant oranges and reds until mid-October, which leaves plenty of time for leaf peepers to plan their autumn road trips.
A woman pushes a baby stroller around Dream Lake amid fall foliage in Amherst, New Hampshire.
A woman pushes a baby stroller around Dream Lake amid fall foliage in Amherst, New Hampshire.Brian Snyder/Reuters

Nothing signals the arrival of autumn quite like the changing colors of the leaves. The mass transformation from green to orange to fiery red confirms that fall has finally taken over.

But even as the September equinox marks the official start of the autumn season on the 23rd, it won’t look like fall for much of the country. Peak foliage, experts say, will likely be delayed this year.