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Fall Foliage – Peak Viewing Times

To find out where and when the best times and places are for viewing fall foliage color changes this year, call the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service phone hotline: 800-354-4595 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-354-4595 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit the above Web link. If you want to know why leaves change color, according to the USDA Forest Service: Here it is in a nutshell: The brighter the sunlight in the fall, the greater the production of anthocyanins and the more brilliant the resulting color display that we see. When the days of autumn are bright and cool, and the nights are chilly but not freezing, the brightest colorations usually develop. Adequate rainfall also keeps the leaves on the trees longer and enhances the color. [ info ]