Foliage near peak in Washington, D.C. area
October 22, 2012 by Sarah
Tourism officials in the Washington, D.C. area reported that the peak autumn foliage has arrived in the nearby surrounding area and will be spreading to the north and west suburbs within the next seven to ten days.
According to the Foliage Network – a free service that was developed to provide accurate information about foliage during the months of September, October, and November for various locations in the United States, the color of the foliage in the Appalachian Mountains in mostly high-to-peak while, along the coast and at lower elevations, the color of the foliage is low-to-moderate.
High-to-peak foliage colors can also be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, although these areas are the more popular tourist attractions, tend to be crowded, and have a great deal of traffic this time of year. Less popular area with some good fall foliage are in the forested areas of Maryland in the counties of western frederick, Allegany, and Washington.
Tourist officials attribute the depth of the color to recent days of sun and mild temperatures and nights that have been crisp and clear. With the forecast continuing in this fashion over the next 10 days, the color is expected to improve in the suburbs north and west of Washington, D.C. and reach its peak in the south and east suburbs and inside the beltway between Halloween and November 10th.