The state of Vermont is getting ready to issue its first foliage report of the season.
On Wednesday, the state will offer the first of weekly reports about where to find the best displays of fall foliage that can turn mountainsides into broad swaths of red and orange.
Vermont has the highest percentage of maples trees in New England, one-third of which are sugar and red maples responsible for producing intense red hues.
Foliage usually begins to show in the higher elevation of the Northeast Kingdom and works its way south.
An estimated 3.5 million people visit Vermont during foliage season, which starts mid-September and last through mid-October.
The state of Vermont estimates tourists spend about $460 million in September through November.