There are a few things I don’t like about fall: pumpkin spice ANYTHING; shorter days; and the fact that winter is the next season. However, despite these obvious shortcomings- fall is pretty awesome. And, the best part of the whole season- FALL FOLIAGE!

Unfortunately the changing colors peak for such a short window of time, it’s hard to know when to catch them. Also, depending on temperatures and rainfall totals, the peak days tend to change each year.

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Thankfully, there’s a prediction map to help us all guess when to try to catch the peak fall foliage in our area. I love how easily you can change the date and see the different parts of the country change!¬†Being in the HOT south where it’s still very much summer- it’s hard for me to believe there are some northern leaves already starting to change color!

Visit the Smokey Mountains website: here to view the map. Also, be sure to scroll through the page for some great learning opportunities for kids. I love how they’ve broken down autumn and explained the science behind leaves changing color. There are also some free coloring sheets you can download.

If you plan to travel to a National Park to view the leaves (which I HIGHLY recommend), be sure to purchase a Passport To Your National Parks Book! We love collecting stamps as we travel and it’s fun to look back at all the stamps (they are dated so you’ll always be able to remember when you were there.)

For more awesome seasonal activities visit:

10 Fall Staycation Ideas

 5 Trips To Plan This Fall

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