When and where to see beautiful fall foliage this season

SPOKANE, Wash. — Fall is here, and with it comes the beautiful changing leaves and enchanting colors!

4 News Now’s Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker found the peak times for checking out the colors, purely for research purposes, of course — and here’s what you need to know:

Leaf Changes[1]

This first graphic shows the leaf changes this week — if you’re in North Idaho or Montana, get outdoors and see those sights, because you’re in peak fall season! East Spokane County is partially there, as indicated by the darkening portion of the map, but the rest of Eastern Washington hasn’t quite ripened yet.

Peak Forecast[1]

This graphic shows the overall peak times for viewing the ambers, crimsons and yellows of autumn. Spokane’s peak time is nestled between October 5-19, and most of North Idaho, Stevens County and Pend Oreille County’s peak times begin Monday. Omak, Wenatchee, Yakima will start around October 12, and the majority of Central Washington will need to wait until around October 19.

For Spokane residents, you have your pick of the litter when it comes to scenic spots to drink in the beautiful colors — from Manito Park to Finch Arboretum, Gonzaga University’s campus to Riverfront Park. AAA even ranked Spokane as one of the top seven places in Washington to see the fall foliage.

If you need some ideas of where to see the leaves, look no further!

Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway

Enjoy some of the best views in North Idaho along the Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway. The route begins along US 95 north of Sandpoint. Follow Highway 200 along the most northern tip of Lake Pend Oreille, down through Trestle Creek and into Clark Fork. If you want to keep going, more fall foliage awaits across the Idaho-Montana stateline. Learn more.

Finch Arboretum

You can find some of the most vibrant fall colors just a short way west of downtown Spokane. The John A. Finch Arboretum is made up of 65 acres of wooded hills. In September, the winged euonymous will start to change colors. The azalea, crabapple and maple trees are at the peak of turning in October. Learn more about the arboretum here.

Manito Park and Manito Boulevard

All Spokane natives know Manito Boulevard and Manito Park boast some of the best fall views. Start your trip along Manito Boulevard and 33rd Ave. Walk along the tree-lined road, which flaunts hundred-year-old maple trees. Continue straight into the park. There are several paths to choose from, but all will take you toward the full fall foliage.

Box Canyon Dam

To see the fall colors at their most vivid and vibrant, head north between Ione and Metaline Falls. Take the two-hour Rail Rider adventure with the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club. The scenic ride will take you along the Pend Oreille River. Perhaps the most picturesque view will be from the stop along the Box Canyon Dam trestle.

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