Ready to get out and see those fall colors? | Let's take a Leaf Peeping Road Trip!

Fall Weather in North Carolina can include anything from bitter rainy days to gorgeous summer like weather. {Today we've got the former - boo!} Fall Color won't hit the eastern half of North Carolina, where I'm located, for several months. To truly see Fall Color here in September, you are going to need to head West (road trip!) or check out a webcam located in the cooler climates of our world.

Here are some of the best road trips and webcams I've found...
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Early Fall Color Road Trips In North Carolina

The Travel Channel recommends taking the Blue Ridge Parkway as it passes Mt. Mitchell, (the highest mountain in the eastern US at 6,684 feet). They note that surrounding Pisgah National Forest harbors vast expanses of deciduous trees, those leafy trees that provide a canvas for that signature fall color change. They also suggest driving through waterfall country on US Route 276, south of Asheville,  Really anywhere along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches from Virginia to North Carolina would be lovely for viewing.

Check out the Fall Foliage Reports on VisitNC.com to see where the best color will be when you are ready for your road trip. Their reports cover both the Mountains, the Piedmont (mid state) and Coastal color. They can even point you to the nearest Festival if you're in the mood for some local color too!

Early Fall Color via WebCam

Visit Mount Washington's webcam for a view New Hampshire's early fall colors. If you are there in person, hike Tuckerman's Ravine for a wonderful view but remember to bundle up the temperature difference from top to bottom on a late August hike can be as much as 40 degrees. Ask me how I know that little tidbit!
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I know leaf peepers famously flock to New England to get their fill of fall color, but they don't have a monopoly on great foliage. Travel to the western United States (via webcam) to Montana's Glacier National Park and check out the Apgar Lookout webcam. This northern locale really sees the colors start to change early on in the season. 
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Wait, you want to see North Carolina's beautiful Fall Foliage?  Okay, check out at this webcam that shows Shining Rock Wilderness in Pisgah National Forest.  This site is close to Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This webcam gives a spectacular view of the fall foliage at Cold Mountain from the largest wilderness area in North Carolina.
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Where do you go to check out the best fall foliage?