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It’s Almost Time for “Leaf Peeping,” so Start Planning Now!

Fall is just around the corner, which means it will soon be time to enjoy one of nature’s most dazzling displays—when the leaves change from summertime green into brilliant shades of gold, yellow, orange, red and purple.

The fall colors in the New England states attract a lot of attention this time of year, and rightfully so, but there are also many other great places to go “leaf peeping” across the country, including—but certainly not limited to—the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, the upper Midwest, the Rocky Mountain states and the Pacific Northwest.

No matter which region of the country you plan to visit, here are a few ways to make the most of your leaf peeping experience:

1. Book your campground ASAP. Remember that many other campers will have the same idea, so the sooner you can book your site, the better. If you can, camp on weekdays when it’s likely to be less crowded. Use the “Find a Park” feature on GoCampingAmerica.com to find your new favorite camping destination.

2. Stay on top of the forecasts. There are plenty of predictions out there for when “peak peeping” is expected to occur in each state or area, but remember that these are only best guesses since a sudden change in weather can change things in a hurry. Many state tourism offices offer a toll-free number you can call for up-to-date fall foliage reports. There’s even a website, leafpeepers.com, that lists these numbers and includes links to “foliage cams” so you can view images for some areas in real time.

3. Pack accordingly. Remember that the leaves start to change at the higher elevations first, so the temps there may be cooler there than where you’re camping. It’s a good idea to bring along an extra sweater or jacket, just in case.

Most importantly, don’t forget your camera! We’d love to see your best fall foliage photos. When you post them on social media, be sure to tag us and use #GoCampingAmerica.