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Old 06-23-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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I live in FL, have all of my life. I've never been anywhere in the NE area. Would like to plan a Fall Foliage trip up that way.

Problem is, I don't know where to go.

I am willing to fly in and rent a car, because time is an issue. I would likely fly in on a Wednesday afternoon late, and settle in somewhere, and then start out from there, to see some sights. But where? What? I would need to leave, fly home by no later that dark-thirty in the morning on Monday a.m., if not Sunday evening. Doesn't allow a whole lot of time.

So what would you recommend? Anyone?
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I'd fly into Boston the Weds before Columbus Day and stay the night
drive across the Berkshires and up into Manchester, VT where I'd stay at the Equinox Resort for two nights
then I'd drive up to Burlington and spend the night
then I'd drive to Woodstock, VT and stay Sunday night
from there you are about 2 and-a-half hours from Logan Airport
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:17 AM
 
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Peak fall color is somewhat unpredictable. You may want to plan for an area where there is a good range of elevations so you can find a place with peak color.

The largest range of elevations in the NE is the New Hampshire White Mountains area. Other possibles are the Green Mountains in Vermont and upper NY State.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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I agree that the timing of peak foliage can be variable. Rather than flying into Boston, I would vote for flying into Hartford/Bradley Airport (BDL). It is more central to where you want to be, much easier to navigate, and you don't have to deal with Boston traffic. As an example, from Brattleboro, VT to BDL via I-91 is about an hour, with very little traffic on the road. IMO, a much better bet than dealing with Boston unless your travels bring you to eastern MA anyway.

From BDL, you are a very close ride to the Berkshires, though I would start with Litchfield County, CT and then head north to the Berkshires. From there you can head north to Vermont, then head straight back down I-91 to BDL airport to depart.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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I agree that the timing of peak foliage can be variable. Rather than flying into Boston, I would vote for flying into Hartford/Bradley Airport (BDL). It is more central to where you want to be, much easier to navigate, and you don't have to deal with Boston traffic. As an example, from Brattleboro, VT to BDL via I-91 is about an hour, with very little traffic on the road. IMO, a much better bet than dealing with Boston unless your travels bring you to eastern MA anyway.

From BDL, you are a very close ride to the Berkshires, though I would start with Litchfield County, CT and then head north to the Berkshires. From there you can head north to Vermont, then head straight back down I-91 to BDL airport to depart.
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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!

http://www.vermontvacation.com/scenicdrives.aspx
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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+1

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!

http://www.vermontvacation.com/scenicdrives.aspx
Peak is usually over by mid to late October.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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I'd fly into Boston the Weds before Columbus Day and stay the night
drive across the Berkshires and up into Manchester, VT where I'd stay at the Equinox Resort for two nights
then I'd drive up to Burlington and spend the night
then I'd drive to Woodstock, VT and stay Sunday night
from there you are about 2 and-a-half hours from Logan Airport
THIS THIS THIS THIS!!! But also look at airfare to TF Green and MHT, as they can often be $100 or more cheaper with much less expensive car rentals and much more user friendly airports. Plus no driving in Boston.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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Best bet is to take a fall tour because you get to stay at better places and otherwise it becomes not only expensive but hard to book.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:02 AM
 
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Best bet is to take a fall tour because you get to stay at better places and otherwise it becomes not only expensive but hard to book.
Ugh. No. Crammed into a bus with 50 other people, staying at places that might not appeal because that's where the tour books, and not being able to stop to get a better look at something that interests you? Sounds more like hell to me.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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If you enjoy hiking Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor has incredible fall foliage views. We could easily spend several days there.
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