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It always amazes me where in the world people come from to view our beautiful New England fall foliage. Of course maybe it’s to get away from the heat down there but then they do have all those miles of beaches… That would entice me to go visit… Just not in the fall. 🙂

I found this over on the foliage forum and I thought I would pop it in here.

I will be arriving with my husband in New York on Oct 5 and leaving Oct 12.
My first question is: 1) should I rent a car from there or fly to Boston and rent from there?

I would love to go around small towns and scenic drives and covered bridges, also planning to spend the weekend
(from 7 to 9) in Stowe, Vermont.

fall colors around Tamworth New Hampshire

Mount Chocorua in autumn

Can you give me suggestions? Thanks very much. Greetings from Brasil.

(My response)

Greetings from New England!
I had somebody last fall from Brazil purchase two of my fall foliage prints from my online gallery. That wasn’t you by any chance?
you’ll have to weigh the cost of that flight from New York to Boston or better yet check the cost of flying to Manchester New Hampshire as they have a very nice airport there you’ll be in southern new Hampshire and you can rent your car and drop it back off their much easier than trying to get into Boston or New York City (unless you really just want to visit those two cities)
you’re going to be wanting to draw a line East to West from North Conway New Hampshire Check my map that I’m attaching.

map of autumn routes

5-12 October Map

At the bottom of the map I’ve pointed out Manchester New Hampshire where you’d be landing (assuming this is what you want to do)
then I drew a line up route 93 into the green mountains (you will notice that I don’t normally recommend hotels and lodging based on the fact that I don’t normally stay overnight).
I’ve tried to number some of the routes that I think you would enjoy. Number one is up in the North East and should be tackled earlier rather than later. If you travel on that route it will take most of a single day, especially if you get out of the car a lot to take pictures and explore. You can shorten the route by cutting off the top portion and jumping on route 2 and heading West to Lancaster and then heading south on 302 back into the white mountains. It’s extremely scenic with lots of colorful mountains and several towns to explore and catch a bite to eat.
Although you’re thinking to do it in this order I marked number 2 for Stowe Vermont if you do the loop leaving Stowe and heading up route 108 which will take you through smugglers notch.

Smugglers Notch in New England fall foliage

I see this sign and my anticipation for Vermont’s Smuggler’s Notch builds.

Make sure you don’t rent a giant vehicle because smugglers notch is one of New England’s twistiest roads that I’ve ever been on. It’s also one of the most breathtaking.
Number 3 that you see in the West is route 100 Vermont’s most scenic road and probably the most traveled back road there is. It is lined with small villages farms and hillsides covered in fall colors.
Number 4 is South of Montpelier Vermont on route 12 or 12 A. You will find a small college town called Northfield where one of our military colleges Norwich University resides. In this town you’ll find no less than five covered bridges within a few miles. They are all painted red and make for great viewing and photography opportunities.

I’m going to post a few links to articles that will cover some of these attractions and I will leave you with this final thought. If you have a good map book and GPS you will probably have an exciting time driving through these different areas. In my experience there are few bad roads to be found in autumn. If you stay off the major roads, keep your gas tank filled up whenever possible and look for things that will interest you, and I’m sure you will have a great vacation.
the first link is my foliage by state page where you can pick a state and see all articles are written that talk about that particular state.

that should hold you for a while and if you have any more questions you know where to find me!

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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Leaf peepers in Brazil!!! — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Jeff, I’m the Brazilian that purchased your two photos! I gave them to my 84 years old mother. She lived in the US (Illinois) for two years when she got married, some 60 years ago and she missed the autumn colors, so I made plans to take her on a fall foliage trip,last year. Unfortunately she got sick and we couldn’t go, so I gave her the photos. She died May 3rd, due to cancer complications and now I’m planning to go on this trip with my husband, in her memory.

    • I am so sad hearing this, I hope that she had time to enjoy the images and they brought some comfort. I sell to around the world and I love it when I hear back from an art buyer what made them choose my art over the many thousands of choices.

      I lost my dad last November and I was coming in to his room with fall colored leaves and pictures to share with him each afternoon and even when he was sleeping, I would sit there and tell him about my most recent trip to the white mountains or over to Smuggler’s Notch etc…

      I think this fall will be very nice so you should have a really nice fall vacation…

  2. Hi, Jeff! We too (me and my wife) flew from Brazil last october to visit New England and its awesome colors. We rent a car at Newark and drove to Boston, where we stayed for 3 nights. Then we went to North Conway (2 nights), Woddstock-VT (1), Manchester-VT (1) and Lee-MA (1) before returning the car again at Newark. its was a amazing road trip and we recommended it to all our friends here in Brazil. Your blog is so great, congrats!

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