Planning a fall color trip is tough

Few vacations require the perfect timing of the annual fall color trip. Shaun Tanner, Weather Underground meteorologist, said prolonged heat, paired with this summer's widespread drought conditions, could delay the season, possibly all the way into November for places usually finished in October, and create a more intense color show, presuming temperatures and precipitation return to normal this month. "Dear TripAdvisor" columnist Lesley Carlin said it's important to be flexible. Having a car is ideal, to "follow" the color. Combing online forums and message boards helps, too. She also suggests erring on the side of early rather than late when planning a fall color trip.

-- Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune