Are you ready for some leaf-peeping?

Fall colors of red, yellow, and green

Fall colors in my neighborhood two years ago.

Today marks the autumnal equinox, a time when young hearts turn to thoughts of:


It’s legal and your mother approves.

As a former New Hampshire resident, I can attest that nothing beats New England leaf-peeping.

Except, perhaps, this year.

If you want to witness fall’s vibrant colors in 2013, head to the Mid-Atlantic, according to  The weather in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey has been perfect for peak foliage with late September moisture and cool temperatures. In contrast, the Northeast will be too warm and the Southeast too moist for the leaves’ liking.

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts peak colors in the region beginning in early October, so you still have time to plan. And plan you should, because festivals, wine tastings, and other activities beckon along with leaf peeping. Here are the peak dates the Almanac predicts for three Mid-Atlantic states:

Virginia: (Inland) Oct. 12-28; (Coastal) Oct. 19-Nov. 4

Pennsylvania: Oct. 5-21

New Jersey: (Inland) Oct. 12-28; (Coastal) Oct. 19-Nov. 4

Pennsylvania and Virginia have web pages specifically dedicated to leaf-peeping and fall activities. Virginia boasts 15 million acres of fall foliage. Since I moved to Virginia 15 years ago, my favorite fall drive has been Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

Pennsylvania boasts a trillion trees that are “are waiting to amaze you with bright colors.” The state’s tourism folks have developed three suggested leaf-peeping road trips for your legal psychedelic pleasure.

If the Mid-Atlantic is out of the picture this fall, you have no need to despair. STORMFAX provides a list of state links to lead you to the best leaf-peeping in your area.

Wherever you are, enjoy nature’s annual display of color. That’s what it’s there for.

Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at


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