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Foto Friday: Why all eyes are on Pennsylvania this fall

Fall scene outside SAC

Spectacular fall foliage on campus

All eyes are on Pennsylvania this November–and it’s not just for the reason that you’re probably thinking of! Did you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) claims that the Keystone State has longest leaf-peeping season in the world?

(Yes, the whole world!)

Our unique, sweet spot between 40° and 42° north latitude with its varied topography in eastern North America rivals only two other places in the world (the British Isles and Northeastern China and northern Japan,) as the perfect habitat for 134 species of deciduous trees and many more shrubs and vines which display a wide array of wondrous autumn colors.

So it’s not just red, white, and blue on display in Pennsylvania this fall this year–it’s red, blazing orange, terracotta, sun-baked pumpkin, deep cayenne, honey gold, and much, much more! Your next world class experience is as close as a walk around Villanova’s beautiful campus!

Enjoy the following links to Pennsylvania’s DCNR, which includes road trip maps (including where to stop for a pumpkin-flavored gob – yes, please!!) as well as to other states’ wobbly claims to the foliage crown, kindly compiled by Merrill Stein, Geography and the Environment subject librarian.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) – Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world. (Foliage map included)

Fall Foliage Prediction Map

Connecticut – Connecticut’s foliage season typically runs longer compared to northern New England states

Adirondack Region



Joanne Quinn is Director of Communication and Marketing. Thanks to Villanova University’s Grounds Maintenance for our beautiful campus landscape.

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Last Modified: November 13, 2020

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