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Old 06-28-2014, 01:21 PM
Location: The Woods
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You might consider driving through parts of the Northeast Kingdom in VT, areas like Island Pond and the Conte Refuge outside of there to the east, routes 105, 114, 5, 2, and so forth. There's large areas that are undeveloped forest, so there's plenty of trees. Groton State Forest, Victory, also good areas. Hazen's Notch is good too but not right by the other areas I mentioned. The foliage is usually at peak there a bit before the rest of the state. It's hard to predict. The year before last I was camping in some mountains in Ferdinand, VT in late September and woke up to a very light snow that was only falling at high elevations, while the foliage wasn't quite at peak but still impressive. I'd aim for before October 15 to avoid being too late anywhere in the state.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:48 PM
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I agree with flying into Bradley International in CT and heading north into Vermont. Stay off the Mohawk Trail/rte 2 which is jammed with traffic and take other routes--there's foliage everywhere. Just drive around and take in the scenery. You can take rte 91 right up the CT Valley and get off wherever the foliage seems to be the best at the time. It's usually around Oct. 15th, give or take but if you are on N/S rte 91, you can go further south if you find that it's past its peak.

There are foliage reports on the radio and tv. That will give you an idea of whether to head north or south. All the little towns are beautiful. I would avoid the eastern part of the state (Boston) with all the traffic and crowds and anyway, the best foliage is inland, not out by the coast. One particular area that is gorgeous and has fun things to do in fall is Deerfield, MA. But if the foliage has passed its peak in Deerfield, just follow rte 91 to the south--chase the foliage--that's what we do.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Ottawa2011 View Post

The timing is tricky, but generally mid to late October would be a good bet.

Here's a list of 20 scenic Vermont drives to inspire you!


Great idea on the drives but I would fly into Albany NY ,go to Stockbridge Mass and stay at the Red Lion Inn .Drive up rt 7 through Bennington to Manchester then over to Westion and the Vermont Country store . Best time is the first 2 weeks of October ,you won't go wrong .
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:19 PM
Location: Amelia Island
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As a former Rhode Islander (now living in Fl) we used to love heading up to North Conway and driving the kangamangas trail (spelling) each fall and many other areas. It is a beautiful time to be in New England.

I know you asked specifically about NE but let me throw this out there..........we have not been able to return every year during the fall to NE and instead we have been going to Maggie Valley in NC and touring the Blue Ridge Parkway........and while it is not up to the New England colors it is pretty darn close and the colors around the end of October are pretty great. Lots of the towns in the area really pull out all the stops for the leaf peepers.
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Did not mean to get off topic!

Getting back to what others have mentioned .......it is easier flying into Providence (TF Greene) than Boston.

Columbus Day weekend is a pretty crazy time up north as all the leaf peepers converge all at once and traffic in some of the most popular tourist towns gets pretty crazy!

Good luck

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