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What if Autumn guided tours are your goal? — 5 Comments

  1. Jeff:
    Thank you! I read your post about the impending storm and its possible impact on colors.
    Just what type of weather should we encounter from the 10th to the 13th?
    Traveling from the west coast to take in New England fall colors and sites.

    We are California residents. I know New England states are small in comparison to the West Coast states. We do plan to get out of the car and take in hikes along our routes.
    Today I found out that the Kanc is only about 34 miles in length. So it is hard for me to
    determine just how far we will get each day. We are dropping the trip to Quebec and Niagara Falls to take in more of New England. We are ‘flying by the seat of our pants’ on this trip and only have booked one stay at Martha’s Vineyard. And, yes, I have already made Steamship Authority tickets to get there and back from the mainland.
    And last night I found out it is only about a 2 hour non-stop drive from Boston to Portland, ME. I really do not know how many stops we will make along the way. Do plan to take in two light houses. From what I am finding in these distances is that we will have a lot of time to take in the sites.
    Thank you for the tip about Beaver Pond and Sugar Mountain which I will plan to stop at.

    • Will David, we may have small states in New England, but I challenge anybody to drive from south to north in Maine in less than two or three days only because there’s so much to see when you’re up there.
      Distances are deceptive the 34.5 miles that takes you from Conway to Lincoln on the Kancamangus highway could take you anywhere from one hour to the better part of the day if you get out and actually hike at trailer to stop and see the Albany covered bridge and don’t forget the lower Falls and a little pond and, and well you get the idea.
      It’s all about getting out of the car and exploring what you find and those of the things that take up the majority of the time if you stay in the car you can cover all six states in a day or two but you really haven’t seen anything.
      Or you can keep getting out of the car and really exploring 30 mi.² like I did in my series of articles on Tamworth New Hampshire.
      I don’t know what kind of whether you’ll hit between the 10th and 13th of October but as long as you’re in the central Vermont or New Hampshire or Maine areas of New England you should be good as to finding really good fall colors. The Joker in the deck will be the weather and it happens at the most unfortunate times that will get a strong rain storm right before you get here and all the peak colors get taken down and even though I and everybody else is saying how great the colors are you get here and you can’t find a single colored leave because everything that remains on the trees is green.
      This does happen! Just like that everything is all wet and colorful, and on the ground. I will not blow smoke you know where and tell you that it’s a safe bet at any time during the month of September or October because the weather can change at a moments notice. We’ve had a wonderful summer as far as sunny dry weather and that same weather is also causing the leaves to fall early in some areas that are having heavy drought. The good thing is that the further north you go, the more rain that they’ve had and you have a better chance of having the leaves stay on the trees longer.

  2. Plan to arrive in Boston on Oct 8 and travel to Martha’s Vineyard.
    Then on Oct 10 travel up along Maine coast on 95 to Portland, ME.
    Then go west and take Route 112 through White Mountains and on to Montpelier, VT and Stowe, VT. Then North to the City of Quebec. Then back South to Boston where we want to take a bus tour to Niagara Falls.

    So from Oct 10 to Oct 13 will be the main foliage tour.
    What are the predictions for fall colors for these areas at that time?

    • The Maine coast doesn’t usually change until more along the 17th so you won’t see a large area of color until you hit the western portion through NH and into VT. Route 112 better known as the “Kanc” will be hit or miss due to climbs in elevation. I think you’ll still see some color but it usually hits around the 1st to the 5th… This year I think 5th to the 10th should be good so you could get a good show.
      Stowe is iffy, I think you might be a little late but it should still be pretty.


  3. We have our route all lined up for our fall foliage trip at the end of Sept. We are very excited! We have used many of your articles to plan some our travels and look forward to seeing the sights as we’ve been planning this trip for years! We are starting from Portland, Maine and traveling through several states, but at a leisurely pace for 10 days. Thanks for all your comments and direction! They have helped so much!

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