Starting in mid-September, Canada, the Rockies and Maine's leaves will turn colors and steadily creep southward in waves of yellow, orange and red - read Catching the Fall Color Wave. The tree leaf display will end with leaf fall in the southern United States in late November. The Weather Channel has an excellent current map of expected fall color conditions. Also, Check these recommended books for traveling companions and field guides: Best Fall and Autumn Leaf Guides.
THE BEST VIEWS
The Rocky Mountains Over Banff- Alberta, Canada - This view just may give you the first view of leaf color turn in aspens in North America. Canada's Banff National Park is seen here. With some luck you will get a clear day and a great view.
Acadia National Park- Maine, USA - View turning leaves on 40,000 acres of Atlantic coast shoreline. Mixed hardwood colors light up the green spruce/fir forest.
Bitterroot Valley- Montana, USA - The Selway-Bitterroot real-time digital camera system is installed outside of the Stevensville USFS Ranger Station, Montana. The camera views Crown Point, 7 miles to the northwest and overlooks the third largest wilderness in the lower 48 .
Glacier National Park- Montana, USA - There are now six outside digital cameras located in Glacier National Park. You can curser over each link to see an updated quick shot.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Look Rock Cam
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Purchase Knob Cam - North Carolina, USA - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers views via Look Rock Tower and Purchase Knob. These digital cameras offer some of the best autumn views of the Smoky Mountains.
Dolly Sods Wilderness- West Virginia, USA - The Dolly Sods Web camera system was installed in the USFS Bearden Knob air quality monitoring compound in November 2003. The camera views the Canaan Valley and Mt. Port Crayon, 13 miles to the south.
The Nation's Capitol- Washington D.C., USA - This web cam view is from the Netherlands Carillon looking east toward the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building.
Mt. Washington- New Hampshire, USA - Web cam view of part of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the highest mountain in New England.
Brasstown Bald- Georgia, USA - Web cam view from Georgia's highest point near Blairsville. You need the latest free Java install for this live video.
Mammoth Cave National Park- Kentucky, USA - View of Green River Valley looking north-northwest. The visual range is approximately 15 miles and overlooks a massive upland hardwood forest.
Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, Near Ashville, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway - North Carolina, USA - A view of Cold Mountain from the largest wilderness area in North Carolina.
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness - Western North Carolina and Tennessee, USA - The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock real-time digital camera system was installed in December 2005. This view is north and west toward the Tennessee line.
Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Ozark National Forest, Northwest Arkansas- Arkansas, USA - A grand view eastward toward the Boston Mountains and the Hurricane Creek Wilderness in Ozark National Forest.
New England Leaf Peeping Cams- New England, USA - Watch forests change color with About's Go New England Guide.
Old Faithful Geyser Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, USA - View of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
Fall Foliage Cams- The Entire USA - Another destination site for fall leaf viewing in North America.