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Old 08-12-2013, 05:41 PM
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I want to see the Vermont maples in the fall when they are orangish-red. Like in these pictures:



I would also like to see the harvest moon over the mountain ranges. But, I am not at all familiar with Vermont, so could you please give me suggestions as to which cities would be good for a tourist to stay in to observe the fall foliage, a mountain range, and maybe a lake/river if possible?

Also, what types of things would be interesting to do/see about Vermont in the fall/(all year round)?

Thank you!
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:06 PM
Location: Brandon VT
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The most spectacular foliage is usually right around the second weekend in October. The first weekend looks more like your first photo and the second/third weekend looks like your second. I personally like the third and fourth weekends of foliage because the woods take on a more sinister and Halloween-appropriate look. You'll get barren trees and leaves that crunch on the ground by the third/fourth weekend.

Burlington is the obvious choice for a city with a lake and lots to do, but I really think that you would be missing out on an authentic VT fall experience. If you come here in the fall route 100 has some of the prettiest colors and scenery.

I would recommend Stowe if you want a more active and touristy vacation close to attractions. If you come here early enough you can go through Smugglers Notch Gap, which is breathtaking. The Gap on route 17 north of Bristol is beautiful in the fall too and unknown by most travelers.

If you want something quieter and prefer to hike and find your own fun, you should look into something in East Middlebury or Ripton, around the Breadloaf area. There won't be any tourist attractions here, but you'll certainly find plenty of peace and beauty.

BOOK EARLY!! Everything gets booked months in advance, no matter where you stay.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:55 AM
Location: California
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I bet you would really enjoy seeing autum foliage with a covered bridge as a focal point! VT has tons of historic cov'd bridges. Here is a good website; it shows all the Vermont Counties, and lists every covered bridge (with photos), as well as the city they are in.

Vermont Covered Bridges
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:47 AM
Location: The Woods
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The Northeast Kingdom usually has good foliage before the rest of the state. When I was in the area of Ferdinand/Lewis hunting last fall the first weekend of October the foliage was quite stunning (but I also woke up to snow on the highest mountains in Lewis the next morning). But it's going to vary every year as far as when it's best, and some years some parts of the state are better than others because of the weather patterns.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:22 PM
Location: Vermont
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Route 100 is always a good choice. A trip to Weston and a visit to the Vermont Country Store is a nice ride at that time of year.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:35 PM
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I LOVE the Northeast Kingdom - Peacham is quintessential VT.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:35 PM
Location: Austin
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I vote Peacham for fall foliage.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:18 AM
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I just returned from a 5-day stay in Vermont in the Burlington area, and I had so much fun! the weather could have been been a bit warmer, but other than that, it was great. The people I met were friendly, and as a tourist I felt welcome and appreciated for what I would be contributing to the local economy.
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