We’re four days into October, which means that these are officially the days of red, yellow, and orange. Watching the leaves change colors means many things. It means it’s almost time to watch Hocus Pocus (if you haven’t already), it means the holidays are right around the corner, and it means that it’s time to hop in your car (or mom’s minivan) to go look at all of this fall foliage, or go leaf peeping, as we like to call it. As always, we want you to have fun and be safe, so we’re going to give you some tips on how to make the best of your peepin’ time.
Where to find the leafy goodness
I know it’s a little weird to say “Go find the leaves!” without giving you any real direction on where to find the best viewing spots. Lucky for you (and us), TripSavvy has compiled a list of all the best places to watch the leaves change, categorizing them all by state. While not all states have extravagant color changes during the fall (looking at you, the south), every state does have a little something to offer. Check out TripSavvy’s list here to see where to go in your state of choice. Fun fact: Each state has a hotline you can call to get an update on the best places to check out some fall colors. We know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing: exquisite fall foliage. You can call the National Forest Service’s Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-354-4595 or look up your state’s specific number online.
How to keep it safe
We know you want to enjoy the majesty that the views of fall have to offer, but you still need to do it safely. Here are some things to keep in mind when peepin’:
- Avoid stopping abruptly. Don’t slam on your brakes to check out some trees. The person behind you will not appreciate it, trust!
- Pull over legally. At some point you’ll probably want to get out of your car and get a good pic for Insta or Snapchat. I mean, duh. However, before you do, make sure you’re pulling over where you’re actually allowed to pull over. No illegal shenanigans. While we’re at it, please don’t try to cross an unsafe highway just to take a picture of a leaf.
- Keep your eyes on the road. I know, this one is tough, especially if you’re the driver. It’s tempting to check out your surroundings as you’re driving, but for the safety of everyone in the car, make sure you get where you’re going and safely pull over before you start gawking at the greenery (red-ery? orange-ery?).
Alright, peep creep. Go get some leaves.