Now is the time to go to Maine for some leaf peeping

Acadia National Park has some of the best fall foliage viewing in New England. Flickr / heipei

If you’re hoping to get outdoors and soak up the fall foliage, the National Weather Service in Maine recommends making a trip up to the Vacation State for some leaf peeping.

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The weather service shared a map from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry that tracks the stages of season’s foliage color change. According to the Wednesday map, much of the northern and central parts of the state are experiencing peak — 75 to 100 percent — color. Coastal Maine is not far behind with about 50 percent of the color change.

“Now that the busy Columbus Day weekend has passed, you can take those long, leisurely drives throughout coastal and western mountains of Maine this upcoming weekend and find less hectic traffic with stunning views of the fall colors,” Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson, Gale Ross, said in a statement. “The entire state of Maine is now ablaze with color, but with plenty of green in the oaks to create a beautiful contrast.”


Maine has a “Official Fall Foliage Website” full of ideas for where and how to indulge the spectacle of the turning leaves.