MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As summer fades, fall bursts and for those looking to hit the road for a glimpse of those colors, a few apps can point you in the right direction. To make the most of your trip, you just need your smartphone.

The Foliage Leaf Peepr app for iPhone and Android maps which regions are turning, moderate, peak or past prime. Users can also upload photos and add their own reports.

You know they’re pretty, but what are you really looking at? The Tree ID app for iPhone can help with identifying characteristics of leaves, bark and fruit, and where they’re found.

Leafsnap for iPhone and iPad — developed by scientists at Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian — lets leaf hunters snap photos of their findings and match it with the right species.

If hiking is in your plans, the All Trails app for Apple and Android searches more than 40,000 paths to find one near you with reviews from those who’ve blazed the trail before.


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