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  1. Hi Jeff,
    My girlfriend and I will head up to Acadia NP in October but we can only the first or the third weekend of that month. When do you think the most impressive colors will be towards early or late October in Acadia.
    Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much, this really helped. We have started to amend our plans accordingly for the weekends. I will be keeping up with your forecast and we look forward to visiting. Our travel dates: We arrive10/09 and depart 10/18. I hope we have planned enough time.

  3. Hi Jeff!! I have the opportunity to visit Pigeon Forge, Tenn either Oct 15-Oct 19 or Nov 20-24. I am limited to staying at a lower altitude due to my child’s heart condition and wanted to know when you think I would catch the best foliage. I heard you are the guy to ask. Thanks, Fran

    • Well Thank You Fran, So I’m the guy to talk to… My reputation is growing… 🙂

      To start off I’ve never been to the Great Smokies in the fall (or any other time either so please come back and let me/us know how it was.
      I found this website for the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area of the Great Smokies. They say upper elevations (not good for you) is earlier in Oct. The mid level altitude to lover is good mid to late Oct and lower elevation is early Nov.
      So I think the 15-19 Oct because you will get the colors marching up the side of the hills…

      If you want please go to my Autumn Advice foliage forum and you could start a group for the Great Smokies and talk about that stretch of road there. If you have questions about registering or starting a group let me know…
      Jeff

  4. hi jeff well my favorite time of year is approaching and i’m back reading your reports which i love. arriving in bartlett n.h. on 10/16 if all goes well looks like we might see some late color!! thanks for your reports

  5. Ah thought may be the case, but still
    lots to enjoy whilst we are there. Thanks Jeff

  6. I have just realised that I put the wrong month, we are arriving 24th October, I must have been half asleep when I wrote it. Yes, we are visiting Grafton VT. Thank you for the link to the forum.

    • That changes this a bit as you will be traveling up through good colors but you’ll be on the tail end of colors in Jackson and Grafton. There should be some late color but the best colors should be a week earlier 7-15 Oct…

  7. Hi Jeff,
    Thank you for the information and updates. We are from Denver and we are planning a trip with my in-laws to see the fall colors in New England starting October 9th. We would love to visit Bar Harbor on our adventure. As we get closer to the time what can we do to help us decide to head north right away (most likely out of Boston), or to head west to MA, NH or VT. What should we be watching to make that decision, i.e. rainfall forecast, your site (of course), or the links you have provided?… Or is the answer all of the above? One last question is it foolish to wing it and hope to find two rooms day by day as we travel on our path searching for the best colors or should we absolutely make reservations? I hope your predictions are good, it looks like we could be there at the right time.

    • Boy this covers a lot of areas.
      First, where to get info. My page, of course is correct… 🙂
      Second if you look next to any article on my site and on the right side of the page look for My Foliage links. Here you will find the current links to each the states tourism foliage reports. They are usually a decent indicator of what the autumn foliage is doing.
      Third The 9th means you should head up towards the white mountains or the Greens in VT. In general this date would be from Conway NH south to the Mass border. In VT I would look at Woodstock south to the border and south central Maine. By the 15th the color will be well into the Massachusetts areas and even pushing south.
      FourthWinging it, this is always the goal but there are times that reservations are advisable. During popular weekends, like Columbus weekend (CDW).. and that weekend is 9-12 October… More that a million people flood into New England for the colorful show and I suspect that rooms will be at a premium.
      Since you are traveling with your inlaws and wife and or kids… I will bet you’ll want a room at this point, because If I was traveling with my inlaws, I wouldn’t want them looking at me and wondering where they are sleeping that night. Maybe they are devil may care types and they are offering to bring sleeping bags, then that is up to you… Next Lisa says you may be able to find a place to stay but it may not be what you are expecting. You’ll have to lower your expectations in hopes of getting a room.
      During the week you will have a lot more luck as weekends are usually filled up… If you were traveling alone you could bring a sleeping bag and be prepared to sleep in the car.
      Last I would head north into VT and NH and after the CDW, head over to Maine and Bar Harbor (Bah Habah as the locals say it) 🙂 Then you can travel down the coast, stop in Salem MA to get a feel for the Halloween fun and back to Boston. If you still have lots of time left in your trip head over to western MA and explore some more. You didn’t give dates but I think this will get you pointed in the right direction..
      Good Luck

  8. Every time you update your prediction, I keep feeling better about my Vermont/New Hampshire visit starting October 4.

    Cheryl
    Marietta, GA

  9. Hi Jeff really enjoying reading your predictions, and seeing your photos. We are visiting New England for ten days from 24th September, am restricted to these dates due to English school holidays. We are starting our trip in Boston,on to Rockport, Wiscasset, Jackson and then finishing in Grafton (we are so excited about our trip of a lifetime). How likely are we to see any Fall colour so late in the season? Many thanks Linda

    • Actually Linda, that is early in the season. So going up the coast, the colors will be light. A tree here or there but as you head across into Maine and then over to NH and (Grafton VT? or Maine and the state park?) But you should see some great colors in there. There is also a fall foliage forum at this address, http://www.autumnadvice.com

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