It's not fall yet.
August has officially come to a close, which means it’s time to head back to school, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and go apple picking, right? Well, hold your horses, because summer still has three more glorious weeks to go.
The first official day of fall is September 22. In fact, if we want to be super precise, the first minute of fall is Friday, September 22, 2017, at exactly 4:02 P.M. EDT. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, that is when the Autumnal equinox — also called the September equinox — occurs. That day, the Alamac explained, will mark the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. It will also be the moment when day and night are about the same length of time.
And while it’s key to know the actual time and date when fall begins so we don’t rush through the last vestige of summer, there are a few glorious things to look forward to experiencing this fall.
The most colorful event of the season, leaf peeping is just around the corner. SmokyMountains.com created an interactive data map to help you track when and where the fall foliage will peak across the country.
And you may want to hurry on a few spots, as according to the map, Sept. 17 to Sept. 24 is prime time to check out the fall foliage in New Hampshire and Vermont, while Sept. 24 to Oct. 1 marks the peak season for fall leaves in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York.
If you’re looking for more ways to experiencing the fall foliage, check out Travel + Leisure’s guide to scenic seasonal road trips across the U.S. and our favorite hotels to see fall colors.
But, if you’re hoping to extend your summer just a little longer, there are a few sunny and warm places you can escape to this fall for cheap. Check out our guide to the best fall getaways for under $300 here.
And while it may be tempting to resist the coming seasonal change, perhaps it’s best to just embrace it. Think about cozying up to a fire while wearing a big sweater with a warm apple cider in hand. It will all be OK. And hey, there are only 292 days left until next summer, which isn’t too bad, right?