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Fun fall foliage flights

Best times to get a peek at peak

Fall flying brings crisp, clear weather and a fantastic opportunity to experience the splendor of colorful foliage from the air.

Cooler temperatures bring colorful changes across the country. Photo by Mike Fizer.

The Farmers’ Almanac lists the peak color window for leaves in each state.

The season starts in late September in Vermont, inland New Hampshire, and central Montana. Mid-October covers the peak windows for nearly all 50 states. The color stretches to early November in the southern states, with Florida being the last to peak just before mid-month.

In particular, the Farmers’ Almanac highlights its “most idyllic spots in the U.S. for viewing fall leaves”:

For stunning views, plan your flights for early morning or late evening. The golden sun at those hours will make the colors pop—and you’ll also likely be able to enjoy calm, smooth air at those times.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media
AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media, Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and two children. Alyssa also hosts the weekly Fly with AOPA show on the AOPA Pilot Video YouTube channel.

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