According to Farmers Almanac, the first day of fall in 2023 arrives with the fall equinox on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 2:50 a.m. EDT. Fall foliage at its peak is the most beautiful aspect of the autumn season. It’s time to start planning those leaf-peeping trips. Read on to find out when fall foliage is expected to peak this year in our area
Fall Foliage 🍂
It’s almost that time of year for hues of crimson, amber, and mustard colored leaves to dance across horizons. Philadelphia is a beautiful city with picturesque tree-lined streets and plenty of parks to bask in the beauty of fall foliage. Furthermore, Philadelphia is close to a variety of state parks which also boast magnificent views for leaf-peeing. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the city during this aesthetically pleasing season.
This year, fall foliage is expected to peak in Pennsylvania from October 5-21. Philadelphia usually sees its peak viewing time closer to the end of October through early November. However, every year differs, and with predictions forecasting early to mid October, we won’t complain.
Best Places For Leaf-Peeping 🍂
Undeniably, one of the most optimal neighborhoods to admire the beauty of autumn is Philadelphia’s quaint neighborhood of Old City. The perfectly situated tree-lined streets resemble a scene straight out of a storybook. Take a stroll down the oldest residential street in America while sipping your favorite pumpkin-spiced latte and enjoying the hues of autumn.
Next, continue your leaf-peeping journey by visiting the stunning and expansive Fairmount Park. It offers 30 mi (50 km) of trails and is home to Philly’s zoo, Japanese gardens, historic mansions, and museums.
Lastly, finish your leaf-peeping journey in the city at other popular places including Bartram Gardens, Locust Walk, Schuylkill Banks, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the picture-perfect Independence Hall.