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Old 05-27-2010, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Right now I'm thinking about a trip to New England this fall. I expect to see at least a few of the states up there.Where can I see the most colorful foliage taking place during fall? When is the best time to see it happen?
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Long Beach
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It's all good.

I would rent a car and drive the Mohawk Trail [MA Rte 2] from Greenfield,MA to Williamstown, MA.

The Maine coast is beautiful too, or the Rhode Island shore. But even in the cities, esp Boston, foliage will be strong. Fall is every New Englanders favority time of year, and it definitely shows.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Probably Vermont. It has the majestic Green Mountains which turn a fiery haze of red and orange during the autumn season.

Stowe, VT, is a beautiful slice of traditional Northern New England with cider mills and maple sugar barns aplenty.

The best time to go is late September into early October.

One thing you have to remember when traveling in New England is that Northern New England > Southern New England.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I would say Vermont.

All of New England, INCLUDING Southern New England, is beautiful in the fall. But Vermont is one of the most hilly and mountainous of the states. In other words, nicer views.

In addition, I am guessing New Hampshire and Maine have a larger percentage of evergreens than Vermont, which of course do not change color.
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:03 PM
 
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I would say Vermont.

All of New England, INCLUDING Southern New England
Spiteful much?

Perhaps Western Massachusetts near the Berkshires. I wouldn't place Rhode Island or Connecticut's foliage anywhere near the level of Vermont.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:00 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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I don't think the more north you go generally means the better fall foliage you get.
Vermont-Maine-New Hampshire has a lot more evergreen mixed in with the fall foliage.

I'd say Rhode Island-Connecticut-Massachusetts. Massachusetts for having the best and vastest variety.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Northern Vermont...focus on the triangle (the Green Mountains) between Burlington, Montpelier and Newport.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:23 AM
 
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I'll vote in favor of my home state of VT; remember, though, that the foliage season will hit VT ( and NH and ME) a little earlier than it will for southern NE, so plan accordingly...
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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As others have mentioned, everywhere in New England has great fall foliage, but to me, Vermont and New Hampshire really stand out above the rest. This is largely because of the extensive hilly and mountainous terrain that gives you spectacular views of the colors.

The first two weeks of October are generally the best window for leaf-peeping in northern New England (much of southern New England peaks in the third and sometimes fourth week of October). The higher mountain elevations usually peak around the start of the month, with the color progressing into the valleys and further south and east towards the ocean. The colors can vary dramatically from place to place and the timing is slightly different every year, so it's good to be flexible and drive around to find the best colors. (For example, if the colors aren't yet at peak where you are, you can drive farther north or towards higher elevations; if the colors are past peak, you can do the opposite).
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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I lived in New Hampshire years ago but I always remember Vermont being the tops for fall foliage. the reason being that they have fewer pine trees than NH or esp. Maine.
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