The Associated Press
Summer is history for most of the country and leaves are getting ready to turn colors. Before you rush out the door to admire autumn's colorful display, look to the Internet for guides to some of the best places and times for ``leaf peeping.''
Warm up by reading the Autumn Leaves articles at GORP, the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages -- www.gorp.com/gorp/features/fall/fall.htm -- and follow links within the articles to reach more GORP articles. For example, start with ``Autumn Exposure'' and read down to a link to a feature on Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest; once you're there, click on ``auto tours and fall foliage'' for short descriptions of scenic road trips.
GORP also has foliage features for the Midwest and the South, and a few in the West.
Next, go to the U.S. Forest Service fall color Web site -- www.fs.fed.us/news/fall.shtml -- for color conditions around the nation.
At that and other sites, you might have to keep checking to see when they start up their reports of peak color areas for the 1998 season. Some sites, however, started in early September.
If you're headed to New England, look at fall color tips from the New Hampshire state government -- www.visitnh.gov/foliage.html -- or in New Hampshire's White Mountains -- www.whitemtn.org/report.html.
Vermont is represented with Vermont Only -- www.vtonly.com/foliage.htm -- the electronic version of Vermont Living magazine -- www.vtliving.com/foliage/ -- and Scenes of Vermont -- www.scenesofvermont.com.
If you're planning a trek to Maine, try the state government leaf page -- www.state.me.us/doc/foliage/foliage.htm. And Destination Maine -- www.destinationmaine.com/foliage/foliage.htm -- has a calendar of expected peak colors by region.
Pennsylvania's elaborate site -- www.fallinpa.com/ -- even has a set of Web cameras showing almost live shots of ``the most colorful fall foliage in the Northeast.'' Click on ``go to Web cams'' for a choice of six cameras.
If the Midwest is your bailiwick, Wisconsin's state travel page -- badger.state.wi.us/agencies/tourism/guide/travnews.htm -- boldly announces ``there's no better place to savor breathtaking fall color.''
In the Southeast, try Asheville, N.C. -- www.ashevillechamber.org/leaf.htm -- which promises to provide information beginning in late September.