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Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

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Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

Trying to plan for next year.

Can't find info on this...

Which areas, or in which order does the foliage start to change 1st...

I'm assuming, it doesn't all change at once.

So....

Kenai peninsula

St. Elias, McCarthy area

Denali area

In what order do they change color usually??

Hopefully this question makes sense.

I'd like to see as much of changing colors as possible, so would likely go to the place that changes the soonest, 1st, and so on.

Starting late August 2018.

I'm tired so hopefully this makes sense. Thanks all

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1. Re: Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

In Denali, colors start changing toward late August and are *usually* (no promises) best the first few days of September. The peninsula doesn't start changing until later since it is further south.

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2. Re: Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

If you are just considering those 3 areas....I am going to say Denali Park first, Wrangell St Elias next and Kenai Peninsula last. Obviously it varies from year to year and an early snow can make the colors not as vibrant. Some color changes will be due to elevation as well as climate area. I have seen snow as early as mid-August in Denali...hope this helps some. :)

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3. Re: Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

Great advice in the first two posts.

If the main goal of the trip was fall foliage:

- I'd fly into ANC, and head to Denali Nat'l Park,

- from Denali I'd head north to Fairbanks and south on the Richardson highway to Blueberry Lake State Recreation site,

- from there I'd head back to Glenallen and west/south on the Glenn Hwy,

- if time allowed I'd add other areas.

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4. Re: Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

I can tell you that one week makes a big difference. Last year we were in McCarthy Sept 8-11 and the colors were peak. This year we were there Sept 1-5 and most leaves were still green. No one can accurately predict when the color will be peak. This year in Georgia our leaves have only just begun turning, last year last weekend was peak.

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5. Re: Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

Exactly Jennifer - I used to live in the Park, and sometimes we would start seeing a few yellow leaves here & there in July . . . usually deeper in the park, fall colors would happen in early August . . . but it really varies from year to year, depending on if we have a late or early spring. Also, some changes happen at different times - the tree colors vs the tundra colors. Usually the further in the park, the quicker the change . . . whereas the area near the entrance is on a different schedule. You just have to hope for the best but we never know! :)

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6. Re: Which areas do fall colors start in 1st???

Thanks all....you are just full of good info as always!!!

I figured it was an elevation and climate thing as to which changes when, same here in NM but mostly elevation designates it here.

But this info was no where I could find.

So thank you!!!

We will have from about August 23rd until September 17th.

Want to end in Fairbanks for aurora but will enter the lottery for Denali too.

Thanks tons!!!

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