The leaves are rapidly changing color and dropping from their trees, but there’s still time to see the beautiful colors in your area. Leaf peeping is the term for traveling to view the fall foliage at its peak, and to photograph it while the colors are most vibrant. Here are some of the best areas in the United States to do so, when to go, and what to know. Just make sure to download the Mopria Print Service App first, so you can print off the best photos you’ve taken from your Android device.
When to Go
Leaves begin changing in September and October and those are the prime months for leaf peeping but there are still plenty of places to still see fall foliage even in November. When you’re planning to travel, try to gauge what kind of weather you’d like to photograph. Avoid windy days if at all possible, as that will take the leaves from their branches even more quickly. Additionally, avoid rainy days unless you’re looking for a particular moody look to your photos. A slightly overcast day, however, may improve the colors of the various leaves, as they tend to pop against more cloudy skies. However, a bright sunny day may be best for the most aesthetically pleasing images. It’s all up to when you travel and what the weather brings, so the most important thing is to make sure your camera and/or phone is charged.
Where to Go
Of course, trees don’t change color in every location across the country, and some are more exciting to see than others. For example, you may want to drive to a nearby park, whether local or a National State Park, for more trees and better views. The further South you go, the longer it will take for the trees to change colors. If you’re in the Northeastern part of America, look to visiting Acadia National Park in Maine, the Catskill Mountains, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, or Stowe, Vermont (known as Fall’s Color Capital). If you’re in the Midwest, try visiting Door County, Jay Cooke State Park or Blue Mounds State Park in Minnesota, or Starved Rock State Park in Illinois. For those in the Pacific Northwest, take a look at Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington, Aspen in Colorado, Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, or North Cascades National Park in Washington. If you’re visiting the South, trees do still change color there and it’s definitely still worth a visit! Check out Ozark National Forest in Arkansas, Taos in New Mexico, Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia, and of course the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Once you have your route selected of where to visit and you have your photographing tools all charged up with plenty of memory space, go ahead and print off your itinerary right from your phone with the help of the Mopria Print Service. Should you need to scan in travel tips or information from a book on one of the destinations we mentioned, just use the Mopria Scan App to get that right to your phone or printer.