As September begins, travelers look to begin plotting their leaf peeping adventures across the country. The bright colors of fall are what draw many of us away for an autumnal weekend getaway. Before you go peeping for fall foliage, you might want to stash these leaf peeping apps on your phone to ensure you don’t head to an area that hasn’t peeked or is way past its fall prime.
Foliage Leaf Peepr: Yankee Publishing Inc. makes the Foliage Leaf Peepr app. The crowd-sourced app proves useful for figuring out where in the country the leaves are turning, about to turn and what spots are past their brightly colored prime. In addition to figuring out where you should head for the best colors, the app also lets you report your own leaf peeping outcomes and rate the foliage in your location for other users’ benefit. The Foliage Leaf Peepr app is free to download for the iPhone and Android.
Audubon Trees: Made by Green Mountain Digital, the Audubon Trees app helps you identify just what leaves you are peeping. The app has the ability to identity 716 species of trees. In addition to being able to tell you what you are looking at, you can also search for trees by leaf shape, region and bark. The app also lends the ability to keep track of trees you have previous seen and identified. The Audubon Trees app costs $0.99 and is available for iPhone and Android.
State Specific Fall Foliage Apps: If you are traveling to see the fall colors in a specific state, there might be an app designed specifically for your location. For example, the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism makes the New Hampshire Fall Foliage app. Free to download, the app provides updated foliage reports, photo galleries and fall itineraries for New Hampshire travel. The Missouri Department of Conservation also makes a free app for leaf peepers. The MO Fall Colors app provides up-to-minute fall color updates. You can use GPS technology to navigate to the best spots. The app also contains weekly fall color forecasts from the middle of September through October.
Autumn Free: When you are stuck back at the office after your leaf peeping weekend draws to a close, you can still feel like you are out in autumnal beauty with the Autumn Free app. The app provides an autumnal scene with animated falling leaves you can swirl about using your fingers. You can even customize the scene by the number of leaves and the size. While the app won’t necessarily help you leaf peep, it does provide a window into fall fun.