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Old 02-13-2016, 06:57 PM
 
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This thread is started because a poster compared Boston's natural scenery (even though the mountains in Vt and NH are 2-3 hours away) to San Francisco and Northern California.

Any ride on I-95 from NYC through Jersey, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and through Virginia (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley) NC, as well as on I-90 through Upstate NY (Adirondacks, Catskills also), Pennsylvania (Poconos, Lehigh Valley, etc.) looks the exact same as New England.

So I don't understand this notion that Boston/New England is the only region that has this, which is partly because some people speak of Boston arrogance.

My fall drives in Upstate NY are phenomenal, and go nowhere near Boston.

What I think people need to realize is that fall foliage is something that is a hallmark of the entire Northeast, not just New England.
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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The Ithaca area is absolutely beautiful during the fall too. I also agree about the Catskills.. just gorgeous. My husband is from Catskill. I lived in Albany for 12 years and never had to leave the area to get my fix of fall scenery. Furthermore, I have never heard anyone isolate fall foliage to Boston, nor have I ever really noticed it on my trips to/from. The Berkshires are well loved Upstate for the fall season, yeah but not so much Boston itself.
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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This thread is started because a poster compared Boston's natural scenery (even though the mountains in Vt and NH are 2-3 hours away) to San Francisco and Northern California.

Any ride on I-95 from NYC through Jersey, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and through Virginia (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley) NC, as well as on I-90 through Upstate NY (Adirondacks, Catskills also), Pennsylvania (Poconos, Lehigh Valley, etc.) looks the exact same as New England.

So I don't understand this notion that Boston/New England is the only region that has this, which is partly because some people speak of Boston arrogance.

My fall drives in Upstate NY are phenomenal, and go nowhere near Boston.

What I think people need to realize is that fall foliage is something that is a hallmark of the entire Northeast, not just New England.
oh and Ohio too, but that's it...well Virginia too I guess...and Wisconsin...but that's absolutely it!
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Really anything north of north Florida has some level of foliage.
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Yes, fall drives through upstate NY are phenomenal. Specially through the Adirondacks.

I imagine a drive through the Appalachians in the fall would be impressive too.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:26 PM
 
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This thread is started because a poster compared Boston's natural scenery (even though the mountains in Vt and NH are 2-3 hours away) to San Francisco and Northern California.

Any ride on I-95 from NYC through Jersey, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and through Virginia (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley) NC, as well as on I-90 through Upstate NY (Adirondacks, Catskills also), Pennsylvania (Poconos, Lehigh Valley, etc.) looks the exact same as New England.

So I don't understand this notion that Boston/New England is the only region that has this, which is partly because some people speak of Boston arrogance.

My fall drives in Upstate NY are phenomenal, and go nowhere near Boston.

What I think people need to realize is that fall foliage is something that is a hallmark of the entire Northeast, not just New England.
LOL, fall foilage is not exclusive to the entire Northeast, or New England. Maybe you need to realize that fact.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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This thread is started because a poster compared Boston's natural scenery (even though the mountains in Vt and NH are 2-3 hours away) to San Francisco and Northern California.

Any ride on I-95 from NYC through Jersey, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and through Virginia (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley) NC, as well as on I-90 through Upstate NY (Adirondacks, Catskills also), Pennsylvania (Poconos, Lehigh Valley, etc.) looks the exact same as New England.

So I don't understand this notion that Boston/New England is the only region that has this, which is partly because some people speak of Boston arrogance.

My fall drives in Upstate NY are phenomenal, and go nowhere near Boston.

What I think people need to realize is that fall foliage is something that is a hallmark of the entire Northeast, not just New England.
Fall foliage is a hallmark all across America.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn...oliageMap2.PNG

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Old 02-13-2016, 09:50 PM
 
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I think it's more like people have this idea that New England has the best foliage colors and viewing, but this is clearly wrong (at the least very subjective). As you mentioned, changing leaves are prevalent from Maine to VA and further South. Leaves change throughout the Midwest, as far south as Texas, and even in parts of California (even part of Southern CA). I think northern areas do tend to have better, more vibrant and longer lasting colors but most of the country sees leaves change. The idea that it's some special/especially nice New England thing is odd. I've always thought the same thing, as someone who lives in New Jersey and sees the exact same changes pretty much the exact same way New England does yet we never get any credit. We don't get credit for anything good, but that's a whole other story...

Vermont does have stunning foliage though - but I think it's the setting more than anything. Mountainous yet rural, lots of empty land. Lots of trees, lots of charming characteristics like covered bridges. But all of the Northeast is like this, at least in parts.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:51 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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I think New England has the reputation because I think there is a larger variety of deciduous trees so a few more colors get thrown into the mix. It also starts earlier then further down.

I agree though that other states, especially anywhere along the Appalachians can be spectacular if you time it right. I live on MD's Atlantic coast so the closest and most convenient place for me to drive to is VA's skyline drive just west of DC, which is still about a 3 1/2 hour drive in a perfect world.
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