Autumn Fall Foliage

The days get shorter and the New England fall foliage begins its change from green to crimson, orange, and gold.
Hot coffee takes on new meaning when crisp mornings herald the approaching autumn. A morning walk by nearby ponds and lakes take on a mysterious feeling with wisps of fog rising from the warmer water to mix with the cooler air. The best part is seeing the fog give way to the morning sun and you see a stand of red maples begin to appear, just over there.

Little lake - New Hampshire New England fall foliage glory

Little lake fall foliage glory

Have I caught your imagination yet? 🙂

Who am I? I’m Jeff Foliage… (Really it’s Jeff Folger but my editor liked Jeff Foliage).
I’m a photographer with a small Photography business in Salem MA. Some would say I’m passionate about photographing New England’s fall foliage.
Yankee magazine says I’m a bit “obsessed” with capturing Autumn’s fiery show. (They could be right) They even wrote an article about me titled: The Leaf Seeker: Jeff Folger

My thoughts on New England fall foliage
I have been photographing the Autumn in New England for almost 20 years now and nothing thrills me as the approach of the fall colors.

At Any time of the year, I love to get out and explore the countryside (or seashore, or mountains, etc…) But something about exploring the New England countryside during the fall foliage season drives me to go in search of that all elusive, peak foliage moment.

Why is New England Fall Foliage the best?

There are many arguments on who has the best fall foliage colors. Some of this is due to pride in one’s home state and some of it is due to those all important tourist dollars.  But any way you slice it, there are many places in the US that can make a claim to having great fall foliage views.
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I have travelled over a fair portion of the globe and in my opinion, New England is the best place for Autumns fall foliage show. The reason we are number one (again in my opinion) is the hardwood diversity and density of the New England area. The forestry service says that we have over 60 varieties of color producing trees. You have the king of fiery foliage producing trees like the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) which heavily populates Vermont and New Hampshire’s forests along with a good number throughout the rest of New England. (Heck I even found one in Alaska!)

The number of varieties of birch, Sweetgum, pin cherry and Hickory is just a few of the many varieties. Then there are the trees that aren’t considered fall foliage color producers but are, such as the Sassafrass. Needless to say, they all combine into a wonderful melange of autumn colors.

What is the Classic New England view?

Iconic Vermont view of the Waits River church

Waits River church

You might ask what is this “Classic New England view”? Is it the country lane leading to a time-worn covered bridge? Or maybe it’s the fall colors surrounding a small country church. Does it even require the autumn fall colors?

One thing visitors learn to love about New England is our lack of desire to change at the same fast pace as most places around the country.  If you look at Boston, Hartford, Providence or even Burlington VT, they are as progressive as most big cities but once you leave those bigger cities behind, you will find that the clock slows down. In some cases, it stopped dead a century ago and hasn’t moved since.

Artist covered bridge also known as the Sunday river covered bridge, #Vistaphotography #JeffFolger

Artist covered bridge also known as the Sunday river covered bridge

To me, the classic New England view might be of the town common with the white church on the green. This very setup of Meetinghouse (which usually housed both the town church and the town offices) and town common served well in colonial times and still does today.  In many towns and villages, you may find a bandstand on the town common a short distance from the meeting house/church.

All these things can still be found very prominently in many towns from Maine to Vermont and down into Rhode Island. This way of life is jealously guarded and you would find the town in an uproar if anyone suggested a Walmart or a highrise were to be introduced to the town skyline.

Along the coastline, you can find the old Victorian homes of sea captains that were so well made that many are 200 + years old and highly prized for their workmanship.

Fall colors around a small white church in Stowe Vermont

The last of the afternoon sun on the little church in Stowe VT.

Yes, you will find the new and modern here but the historical is well-preserved, right along beside it.

Covered bridges

I Look at how many folks love to admire old barns and covered bridges. I’ve seen images of covered bridges as far away as Oregon but if you ask someone, where would they go to see one, I bet they say Vermont!

This will take you to my articles on covered bridges. Where I have found them and how to photograph them.

When people come to New England they expect to find the country store or the white church with its steeple reaching high into the sky all surrounded by New England’s fiery fall foliage.

Do you want to find Peak fall foliage?

horses standing in a field below several hills covered in New England fall foliage colors

a hill covered in fall foliage color and horses in the field below it

To start off, this subject occupies most of my waking hours and apparently some of yours as well. This is the most asked question for me, from leaf peepers the world over.

Some people say finding peak fall foliage is a science but I say it’s more of a mystical art.  The truth is simple, its impossible to forecast but you can increase your chances.

First, I wrote an article (one of many) on how to best attempt to find peak fall foliage in New England.

So to get started, check out my current articles or visit my archives by visiting the menu above and click the Foliage articles and choose from among the different topics. If you have any questions please send me a message.

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Fall Foliage of New England — 64 Comments

  1. Hello. I am coming to the N.E. for the first time and want to come when fall foliage is well under way. Being from the desert, I have yet to see anything like it. I will be staying in Lenox, MA and was thinking of arriving October 7 for a week. Do you anticipate this to be a good time to visit?

    • It might be a little early but you can travel north into NH or Vermont 30-40 minutes and you will be in the thick of it. And this isn’t to say there won’t be any color in lenox, I’m sure there will be trees turning just not the majority…

  2. We would like to have two or three places that we stay for 2-4 nights in each place. We are going to fly into Boston on Oct. 3rd. We would like to spend a few days in the northern areas, working our way back to Boston and into Rhode Island. Do you have any recommendations for 3 or so places to serve as a base?

    • As much as I would love to rewrite all the places I love in Vermont and New Hampshire, that is why I have on my website, Locations By State. Here is the url:

      You can also find a ton of research on the menu bar under Foliage Articles. It’s MUCH more than just a listing of all my articles. I have brought all my articles on covered bridge ‘s under one page, actually several pages and you just click the title or covered bridge that sounds of interest. For locations by state choose the state of interest and then pick those that sound interesting.
      I don’t have a lot of hotel reviews because I haven’t stayed in that many. So once you choose a location use Yelp or Travelocity to choose a hotel/motel/B&B to stay at. I’m getting older so I’m beginning to stay in more places and as I do I will start to have more places being reviewed.

  3. Thank you, Jerry. You did well. While less convenient, you could have made the same fare on the “T” for about $3.00, but it would have required Shuttle to Silver to Red to Green Lines and possibly a bit of walking. You probably made the right trade-off decision, especially if you had luggage with you.

  4. Another suggestion for people visiting New England in early October is the Fryeburg County Fair in Fryeburg, Maine, right across the New Hampshire border on 302. As a city boy that grew up in Los Angeles, it was awesome to see a true county fair with tractor pulls, livestock judging, cow milking and harness racing.

  5. Absolutely agree Ron. When I made the trip two years ago I picked up my car from Hertz at Boston Commons versus Hertz at Logan and saved $350 over the week for a $55 cab fare (including tip).

  6. Hi Jeff, my question is a little different than the others above…
    I have a week off starting Oct 21. I really wanted to see the Maine/NE fall foliage. What do you think about that timing wise? Also, what does “past peak” mean? Would it still be gorgeous? Originally I was thinking Portland, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park but I don’t know if that is southern enough for the those dates.


    • October 21 is or can be great, just don’t plan on Stowe VT or the White mountains. My best analogy of how fall colors progress is to imagine a pond you are standing at one corner. You drop a big rock (fist sized into the water at your feet and the ripples speed away and then they slowly get smaller and smaller until the surface is smooth. Well, this is kinda like the fall color progression.
      Initially, the fall color is big and bright but it slowly winds down until goes away. It generally goes away at different speeds and the part where the color goes away is the past peak. with a bell curve it starts low rises up until the top of the curve (the peak) and then proceeds downward until all the leaves fall to the ground and another fall has ended.
      So past peak means many things to many people. Most times as the leaves leave their “peak” color and brightness they will get dull and darker and sometimes they are still on the tree as this happens and sometimes they are on the ground. Especially after a windy day…

      All of this “past peak” can be just as glorious as the mystical and highly elusive “peak” so many will look for. Peak is a state of mind more than an actual event. Because if you look at a small hill on ANY given day and none will be all the same. In mid-Sept, there may be one or more trees down low that for some reason are feeling stressed so on this fine day in mid-Sept they are bright red but the rest of the hill is mostly green. In a week or two half, the trees on this small hill are yellow, orange or red. while the early ones are past peak or even bare. But if you are in the state of mind that takes in the whole hill, you are ecstatic that you found “peak” when in reality the trees at the bottom are well past “peak” so by my literal definition All trees and all branches have to be turning or turned at least 75% or more and NOT past peak yet.

      Basically it’s not very realistic and I doubt I’ve ever really seen it but to me, 50% is great and to really see 75% of all the trees in full color in one area are red, yellow or orange is enough to cause heart failure and if I was to see 100%, then that would probably mean on my way to fall foliage heaven.

      I think I’ll just turn this into an article… 🙂

      And yes more southerly with those dates. I think you’ll still see nice color in southern VT, NH, and ME but my sites would be set on MA and CT or RI.

  7. We are beginning to plan a 10 trip (including arrival and departure days) for the 2017 fall foliage. We want to fly into Boston and spend a couple of days there either at the beginning or end of our trip. We had initially planned Sept. 26 through Oct. 5. However, what I’ve seen on your blog makes me think we should at least wait a week. What are your suggestions on routes we should take?

    • These past few years have me waiting longer by about a week. I do go out around the 18th to sugar hill but it’s more about stopping at Polly’s Pancakes than any real expectation of real color. I would wait till 3 Oct through Columbus day for northern areas a week later for mid zones and another week for mid VT and NH and ME to central MA…

  8. Wow. Your site is astounding. Thank you so much. I can tell this takes an incredible amount of time and your photos are beautiful. I think our trip is too early for fall colors but I’m hoping you can give me some guidance on where we might see the best colors. We arrive in Portland, Maine on September 27th. We plan to drive through Maine, NH, MA and really just about anywhere. We don’t have a schedule locked in at all. Just arrival and departure days. We will be in the area until October 7 (leaving from Providence, RI). We want to see the White Mountains and really a lot of Maine and most of MA. We’ve never been to New England and we come from the west so hours upon hours in a rental car doesn’t phase us. 🙂 We aren’t able to really hike so we like to see what we can from the car. 10 days sounded like a lot at first but I am now wishing we had at least 2 weeks. Right now I am looking at us going from Portland to the Kanc. Highway and then through the White Mountains and over to Acadia. I’m trying to squeeze in a look at Vermont but I’m not sure where. I’d love to go into Canada as I’ve seen most of that country except Quebec and NB areas but I think that would really be pushing it. I love water and the ocean and lighthouses and I’ve read that lighthouses and Fall colors don’t exactly go together. I also just read about the Lincoln home near the green mountains and I’m thinking about trying to work that in somewhere. I know I am likely trying to see way too much! Our route is flexible. Any input from you would be very appreciated. Thanks again for your time. 🙂

    • One word, toomuch! the color comes down in waves Portland and Acadia are last. At least as far as coastal areas in the northern areas. But with Sept 27th you will want to be all along the Canadian border. From VT to NH and Me. Those are some long days in the cars because of how far north you will need to be as you hit the 1st you will be looking at Stowe VT and northern white mtns. Maybe Stark NH and Errol and down Route 16 to Mount Washington. Check my articles by searching on different routes in VT route 7 and 100, 15 are good ones. In NH try routes 3 and 2 and 16 and Milan, stark.
      Still have questions… ask away…

  9. Hi Jeff, We are planning on coming to Boston from October 7-14 and I am trying to figure out a good schedule that will take us through New England and back to Boston in a week – with time to relax and see the foliage as well as historical sights in Boston, Plymouth, etc. Thank you for your help!

  10. I don’t know what the weather in New England has been like so far this year. In the South, North Carolina to be exact, we have had a warm end of winter and heavy rainfall, continuing to date. Our summer so far has been hotter than usual. We have nice fall foliage in our mountains, so I am aware of the unpredictability of peak days or weeks, and that the amount of rain, temperatures, etc. affect this. This brings me to the question “Has the weather in New England also been unusual this year, and if so, will this change the usual ‘guess’ of when peak weeks will be this year?” Your prediction seems to have been middle October, per this site, if I have read correctly. Thank you so much for your response, which will help me make a decision on which week to visit!! Jan

    • Jan there is no “ONE” week that is perfect as Mel Allen at Yankee says, it’s a continuum where it starts up north earlier and also higher elevations and later down south. It really depends on where you want to visit and that determines the when… If you pick a spot I can give you a week when that area will be very nice. On the other hand, if you pick your week, I’ll be able to say based on that set of dates, that this area should look very nice. There is no date when it ALL looks nice at the same time. you have about 1,000 miles of differing terrain to look at and sometimes one valley to the next will be different in how they react to the sun, rain, temps, and amount of daylight.

  11. If visiting New England, Providence and Manchester may be less expensive and much easier to drive to/from than Boston due to traffic.

    Here is a tip for possibly saving money on renting a car: Do not rent from the airport. Instead, have your hotel pick you up at the airport (if they offer this service) and have your car rental company pick you up at the hotel (or take a bus or even a cab to a city office for the same rental company). Can often save a lot of money on longer rentals. May be able to return car to the airport when you depart for no additional charge. Check this out if you want to save money. Also, look for unlimited mileage rates if going on foliage tour. You will drive a lot and miles may add up.

  12. Thanks, Jeff. i’ll book the flights now.

    It’s also better cos it gives us a longer vacation, and we can amble a bit more.

    I saw some of your earlier comments suggesting fling into Manchester, but when I checked, the flights are longer than the bus or the drive, and car hire from Manchester is a lot more expensive than from Boston. Just FYI.

  13. Hi Jeff

    Great website, plenty of ideas and resources. Thanks for putting it together.

    We’re planning to come over from Old England to see what all the fuss is about with New England and the Fall. :>)

    But I have a choice of two date ranges to fly in/out of Boston:

    13 Sep thru 4 Oct or
    11 Oct thru 9 Nov.

    family 65th in between :<(

    We have friends and connections in CT, so can happily spend a few days South of Boston on either date rage, but which one would be your best bet at the moment for heading to Vermont and then zigzagging South to catch the best colours and experiences?

    • Easy 2nd dates. The colors in CT generally don’t start until the mid-Oct time period. Mid-Oct is also good for much of MA and up into South-central NH, VT and ME. I hope this helps…

  14. I loved your podcast on Bennington Vermont- One obvious omission of things to check out would be OLDCASTLE THEATRE. Oldcastle theatre is located right downtown in Bennington, and offers professional theatre from June until mid October. Its a great black box theatre, that gives you the most intimate theatre experience.

    • Well I never did a podcast on Bennington Vermont so you may have me mixed up with someone else, probably better looking too… 🙁

  15. Jeff, I am planning a Fall trip, trying to catch the peak color but not too much leaf drop. I am thinking of flying to Manchester NH on October 10 and driving north around Squam Lake and through the White Mountains, then over to Rangely Lakes area the first three days. Then I will drive over to Belfast Me to visit relatives and take in the coast for the next 7 days. Do you think I have selected the best possible time for these areas? Any suggestions?

    • I think you are good for the most part, the question that will arise is Rangeley. That place is always hard to call. But your dates could be perfect and if not, it will still be nice…

  16. Hi Jeff, when the best time to catch fall colour in Arcadia National Park ?

  17. Hi Helen,

    This is Ron from Providence, Rhode Island. I would add Newport, Rhode Island to Jeff’s list of places to see. You may not see much foliage, but you will get to see the mansions, a few lighthouses, drive along Ocean Drive, walk along the Cliff Walk and see some of the mansions. If you would like to see a nice aquarium stop by the one in Mystic, CT. In terms of where to stay, it really depends upon budget. You certainly could stay in Newport. You could also stay around the Mystic, CT area. As you get closer to NYC and into Fairfield County in CT prices will go up perhaps dramatically unless you find a great special. If you want to try something unique you could stay at the Rose Island lighthouse. You travel there by boat, spend the night , then travel back in the morning. It is beautiful and unique. You can watch the sunrise and sunset from the lantern room in the lighthouse, touch the lens, etc. You do need to climb a short ladder to get into the lantern room. You bring all of your own food, etc. and even change the sheets yourself… so if this is your style, do it. (I am biased here as I do greet guests at the lighthouse during the prime tourist season.)

    In terms of foliage, if your timing is right the small towns in Northern RI may have some beautiful foliage. Consider stopping at Lincoln Woods State Park and walking around the lake if your timing is good for leaves. Drive some of the side roads, too. If the foliage isn’t just right skip it.

    Hotels tend to be expensive in this area, though you would certainly be “off season” in the tourist areas. If you would like to ask specific questions feel free to reach out to me and let me know what your budget is (e.g., want the best views from hotel room, just a safe place to sleep as I’ll be coming in late and leaving early, etc.)

    In terms of driving to/in NYC, expect lots of unpredictable traffic in and around the city. If you turn to WCBS on the New York radio once you are about a hundred miles from the city, you can begin to predict how long the trip will take.

  18. Great blog! Very helpful!! We are flying into Boston on Saturday, 10/7 and immediately driving up to Twin Mountain, NH. Will spend 3 nights there – then travel over to Stockbridge VT for 2 nights, drive through the Green Mountains and down the Hudson and get to New Preston CT for a 3 night stay. Drive the CT coast over to Newport RI for 1 night, and back into Boston to fly out on 10/17. Any words of advice on what to make sure we don’t miss along this route??

  19. Your blog is wonderfull and your pics gallery is really awesome. We are going to visit berkshires on 13 oct ( williamstown mohawk trail)and south of Vermont on 14/15oct (manchester and bennington vt).
    Im a photographer and i love small towns like manchester and villges like those in your pics on instagram.

    Which quaint small towns, scenic ones, i should visit near williamstown and manchester/ bennington?

    Is it woodstock vt a scenic town for photographer, excluding the covered bridges?

    Which fancy roads show i take over there?

    Is there any peak mountain acessible by car?

    Does exist speed radar or cops in scenic byways?

    Congrats to your photos and articles!!

    • Hi Paulo, Williamstown is low to mid height as far as the hills. If you go west on route 2 you will head up into the Tatonic Ridge state park and it can be quite beautiful in those hills. east is clarksburg and south you’ll find Stockbridge just south of route 90. Stockbridge was the home of Norman Rockwell a wonderful illustrator of the early to mid 1900s. You can tour his museum and workshop while there. Also Arlo Guthrie Who wrote/sang Alice’s Restuarant was written see link (

      Mancester VT is a scenic college town as are many of the little towns along route 7 in VT and MA.

      Woodstock VT is very scenic even without considering it’s covered bridge. Not too mention that it’s just south of the Sleepy hollow farm but my recommendation is to be up that way by Oct 10th.

      Fancy roads? hmmm. Route 7 between CT and VT, Route 100 in VT, Route 2 in MA At a minimum…

      Mount Greyock in the Bershires can be driven up and Mount Washington in NH can be also. I’m not aware of others but there may be some.

      There can always be spped traps or police patrolling scenic byways. BUT!!! If you do what you are suppoed to be doing they will be urging you to drive faster because you are leef peeping and doing 25MPH in a 40MPH zone… Always look behind you to make sure you don’t have a line of cars and trucks to get around you. (pull over to let them pass)

  20. So happy to have found your website/blog. We will be driving from W. PA to attend my husband’s 50th College Reunion in Nyack, NY from October 13-15th. We are wanting to visit New England, at least as far north as Portland, ME to see lighthouses and would like to be there at the best time for the foliage. We are trying to decide whether to visit New England before or after the dates of the reunion. We would appreciate any advice you could offer both in relation to the foliage as well as any pointers you would have for seeing lighthouses. I have a website called that I have used frequently for other excursions around the country.
    Thank you for any help you can give us.

  21. Jeff…love the information in here! Planning a trip this Fall from 10/3 though 10/11…how are these dates do you think? We are flying into Buffalo…mainly because we want to see Niagara Falls but then are open from there on and we’re looking for a good place to fly back home out of. Open for suggestions on what we should see and what to avoid. Thanks for any input you can provide .


    • Well from Niagara head east into Vermont, I don’t know the dates yet for the NEK (North East Kingdom) fall festivals usually between 29 Sept and 5 Oct, so maybe you might catch that. but if not, explore Peacham down to Danville (several covered bridges) and then into Stowe and stay a night. Explore several spots from Route 108 (Smuggler’s Notch). From there follow Route 15. Pick a route south towards Quechee and Woodstock. Several covered bridges and lovely small Vermont towns… Look at these places on the maps and see how it looks…

    • Fly in and see Niagara come across into Vermont (northern) visit the NEK and over to Stark NH and Route 2, route 302, route 16 back along the Kanc and route 112. Visit Woodstock VT and Find Sleepy Hollow on Cloudland road and head south to Manchester NH and fly home… I “think” it’ll be great…

  22. This is a wonderful plan. I was wondering if you can recommend a cute town to stop in for the night between Lincoln NH and Providence RI. I’d hate to ruin a perfect outdoors vacation with a rush-hour traffic melt down 🙂

    • That is a pretty big dart board… I might say Sturbridge MA which is a couple hour south of Lincoln and maybe at most an hour north of Providence. Concord NH is nice with a good nightlife and lots to do big it’s a bigger town. If you wanted to stop short in southern lakes region of NH then Laconia has a lot of hotels between 93 and the town of laconia.

      Almost all the town near to but off the highway will be “cute towns”. To escape the traffic in or out of Boston (I-90/Route 9, Route 95, Route 93) you will want to pass by between 9AM and 2PM or after 7PM.

      You can also look at taking I-495 to the west and follow it around and that is where there are great small town like Northborough and Westborough and Uxbridge… basically throw a dart and see what is near. Remember if you are looking for small towns you will be looking away from the bigger cities of Boston and Worcester.

  23. Hi
    My name is Pat & I am handicapped to some degree. My friend & I want to come to New England this fall. It will be my last vacation!!
    Can you suggest a route we can follow to fully experience Vermont country roads & fall foliage, Maine bar harbor & down the coast, Massachusetts, maybe Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard & New York please!
    What airport should we fly into? Is October peak based on your experience? We will be renting a car!
    I can’t do much walking.

    Thank you so much

    • This is a real tough one. First I would ask how far you feel comfortable driving in a day and how many days can spend here?
      And to get started I would say you fly into Manchester NH and rent the car from there. As far as driving up into Vermont across into New Hampshire and then Maine and then down the coast past Boston and west to New York… I would say you fly home from Boston as that will cut one to two days off the journey. That leg of the trip can be as short as 4-5 hours but it depends on how far you feel you or your friend can drive comfortably each day. Driving tired is going to make for a long trip and not much fun.

  24. Hi Jeff, Great photos! We are flying to Boston on 27 October (i know it’s a bit late in the season but sadly dictated by work). We are staying there for 3 days and then have 2 days to drive to NYC and hopefully see some great scenery en route. Where would you recommend in the southern NE area to enjoy the best foliage and spend these 2 nights at this time of the season?

    • Anywhere along the coast should be nice. You can visit Salem for some Holloween craziness or the Cape where it will be fairly quiet with most of the tourists gone home. In Essex CT you can take a train ride or visit Tiverton and little Compton RI.
      I don’t have places for you to stay since I haven’t stayed anywhere down there…

      I was just thinking about Mystic CT with the tall ships. There are many options…

      I just thought there was a place called the boulders in CT that I shot a wedding at (my second) it was really nice and it was inland a ways but still had color around the 23rd of Oct. Not peak but nice. Well disregard that, I just tried to find it but either they are out of business or they changed the name. Well hit this page ( and put in a town like Mystic and see what the prices are like for your dates.
      I know it’s not all inclusive info but CT is my weakness. By the time the colors get down that far, I’m worn out from all the travel up north… 🙂

  25. We are planning to be there October 7 – 15. Fly into Boston, then Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor, North Conway, Stowe, WIlliamstown, Newport, RI. Well, what do you think?

    • Hi Carol, that is a heck of a loop. I think at many points you will see either great views or great views and great fall foliage. But not all the way through. The coast is always later (mid-Oct to Nov) and Conway should still have good color and Stowe may be on the downward side but if it was like two years ago… Then it will be just at peak… It all depends on if we have a late to start fall that we could experience.
      All in all, I don’t see a big downside to your trip. Don’t forget a lobster roll in Maine… 🙂

  26. Hi there, I’m about where forsterguest was in planning last week. First New England photo trip ever, totally overwhelmed, looking for a place to start. I’d like a classic New England fall color experience, and have my heart set on Vermont/New Hampshire. I can probably afford 6-8 days, and was thinking of flying in/out of Burlington. No dates yet, but it sounds like early-mid October might be best. I’d like to see Stowe and woodstock but am also thinking of the white mountains, because I would love to photograph streams or even small waterfalls. Any advice for a complete novice? Would you recommend staying in one place and doing day trips from there? Or a few days here, a few days there? I can’t even guess how long it takes to get places. Thanks in advance for your help.

  27. We are honeymooners, planning our road trip from NYC in the upcoming autumn.
    I would like to get your opinion and to get some point of interest and stops along the way:

    From NYC, starting thru Hudson valley up north Adirondack area.
    Spend the night at Cooperstown.

    Cooperstown via heart of Adirondack to Lake Placid, where we will stay the night.

    מעבר לקטע צפוני בוורמונט שכולל את כביש 100 ,וכביש 108 .
    From NY to VT, through 100 and 108 roads, night at Stowe.

    White mountains, night at N.Conway.

    Kancamagus, towards East of Vermont, night in Bennington.

    Heading south towards NYC via the Berkshires. night in NYC, and ent of the road trip.

    What do you think?
    Will we see fall colors in this period?
    Are the towns where we will stay lovely enough?
    Is the road trip doable? will you change something?
    Also, what are the ‘MUST SEE’ stuff in the roads I mentioned?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Well, this is quite the trip. To answer your questions. Would I change it (but that is me not you, never change it just because I would) Will you see colors? Yes, Are the towns lovely enough? Yes, as far as I know or remember….
      Is it doable??? Hmmm that is more difficult. Are you traveling because you want to be on the road a lot? Do you want to visit Cooperstown because you are a Baseball fanatic? or is it of mild interest and was along the way.
      With your dates, I would land at NYC to clear customs and then continue by plane to Burlington VT And start from the up to Stowe (a beautiful town for a Honeymoon as are many up there) from 28 Sept to 3 Oct I would drive much less and explore more by getting out of the car.

      To be short, you are spending much of your vacation driving and missing the best parts because you have to get to the next point. If you have a big fascination with NYC (it is rather nice) then, by all means, do it. If you have to see Cooperstown, then do it. It is your vacation so make it yours. But if it was me, then I would want to drive a bit less by finding 2 real nice places to stay. One in VT and one in NH and use those locations as a base of operations. drive out a few miles and then arrive back each evening to sit in front a cozy fire with a glass of wine. But if you start driving a hundred or more miles in a day then you will get back to the B&B or motel, tired…

      Let me know your thoughts…
      I’ll try to help with more info on the why of the trip…

  28. Generally would being up in Maine by October 6th or so be good timing? I realize this can change year by year. We are thinking of going to Niagra Falls first – and am having hard time figuring out timing. If colors in Vermont are usually at their peak on Columbus Day weekend then we should be able to travel thru Vermont and see some relatively good color–but how soon would we need to be into Maine ? So hard to plan when you’ve never been there. Beginning to wonder if we need to move Niagra Falls up a bit.

    • Yes, change is year by year also it depends on where in Maine? I would say if you head to Greenville Maine and Moosehead lake you see great color. I was there from 25-27 Sept and saw very nice color and by the 28-29th, Rangeley Lake was looking nice also. But if you head to the coast you will want to wait several weeks longer if not late October.

      Vermont will be a treat in the northern third from 29 Sept to 10 Oct. The middle third from 5 Oct to 15 Oct and the southern half from 12 Oct to 20 Oct…

      Niagra will turn mid-Oct due the proximity to the river. But it’s lovely year round.

  29. Excited to find your blog. We are planning a trip and I signed up for your reports. Do you also have a facebook page ?

  30. Hi Jeff,
    First time foliage viewers here and there is SO much to absorb. I’m planning a trip now that would get us to the Northeast on Oct 2 and we would work our way down by car to Providence, R.I. by Oct 6. Can you suggest which city we should fly into and where would be the best places to visit. If I understand correctly, we want to start north. I’m not sure the leaves will have started changing in R.I. by that weekend so we hope to see as much as we can further north. We’ve never seen Vermont and I read that Stowe is a nice place to see the leaves change, but that’s about the extend of my knowledge. Thanks for your advice and expertise.

    • I would land in Manchester NH or even Burlington VT. Then you are very close to the color. You can drive to Stowe or even to Emergo farm B&B in Danville VT or name a B&B in the North East Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont. (in Stowe hit Smuggler’s Notch and to see my images of it type in smugglers notch on any of my pages) You don’t need to worry too much about the drive to Providence since from Stowe it’s 3.4 hours or from Lincoln NH it’s 2.5hrs. So plan on staying in the NEK for a few days then head over to NH and near Jackson NH or a bit north and then explore from that location. You just have to plan to be in RI in time to leave.

      The colors don’t really start in RI until mid to late Oct so I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get there or plan too much time to search for color while there. It’s very scenic and well worth exploring just not for fall color between 2-6 Oct…


  31. Does anyone when the 2017 Northeast Kingdom Fall Foilage will be held. I believe last year it started on 9/25 and ran for 7days…….

    • I’m guessing but I would say Sept 29 or 30th will be the start and it will then move from town to town on each day afterwards through the 5th or 6th of Oct. They don’t let me know until August (if then) but if you picked a B&B or motel/hotel near Craftsbury or Danville or Saint Johnsbury you should be close enough for all those dates.

  32. Coming over 28th Sept to Oct 9th know it’s a good time to come from previous years.Starting Boston 2days then outside Salem for 2.After that up 93 to Lincoln. Wondered if there are any places on way up worth a visit ?Heading for Holderness,Squam Lake and Meredith but feel could be missing other places omn the way . Thanks for your help .

    • Due the early date (5oct) I’m thinking that driving straight up is best. Are there tons of places to visit? Yes, but in general the color is still developing south of the white mountains. You could take the slow route instead. If you leave Salem on 114 to I-95, you will head north towards Maine. When you see the left turn for route 16 take that to the white mountains. Very scenic, lots of little tourist spots to explore and this takes you through Tamworth NH. I did a 4 part article on that location last year. A bit early color wise but very nice and when you get up almost to Conway you can take the Kanc over to Lincoln. (Route112)

      • Thanks that’s only the start of it as going up as far as jefferson and over to Berlin.Going to Sugar Hill of course .Looking up trails there as didnt ecplore for long enough last time .As for timing ,I’ll take whatever comes just happy to be there .

  33. We’re coming for the 2017 fall foliage. We want to tour the Hudson River Valley mansions and then do the foliage or vise versa. I”m thinking 9 or 10 days. What dates would be best? I love how you tracked Nancy’s trip above. Where would we get the most color, bridges, steeples and village settings? Thanks.

    • Remember, the color for the most part goes from the north to the south and west and the coast will be the last. Take the trip up the valley and then take a ferry across Lake Champlain. head up route 7 then over to 100 up into Stowe. Then go into Montgomery bunches of covered bridges. Over into the white Mountains Jackson and Conway. Over the Kancamagus highway (Route 112) to Woodstock NH and then down to Woodstock Vermont. Wind your way doe the Connecticut river valley into the Berkshires of Massachusetts and maybe Stockton MA where Norman Rockwell had his studio (I’d suggest a tour of it) then down route 7 into CT and Litchfield hills. Now I’m assuming you are flying out of NYC so you just continue back there and head home… I hope this gives you a few ideas to start with… OH! you wanted a start date? 1 Oct making your way up the Hudson River valley with a couple days in NY and before you hit that ferry make sure you hit Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain and then right near there is the ferry to Vermont which will bring you out just south of the Shelburne museum on Route 7… There are a million things to see. Pick a few and try not to spend all 9 days driving. pick some attractions and maybe thee Conway scenic train or better yet the Cog rail train to the top of Mount Washington… As I said, a Million things to do…

  34. Hi Nancy, Anywhere in Canada will be light on color… You could hit Montreal and the old town which is very historic but it’s still 1 hour north of the border… (Your call) Another interesting item.. We saw this on Chronicle. In Derby line VT is a library/Opera house that sites on the Canadian border. The Haskell Free Library sits astride the line between Canada and the US… Read about it here.
    6th I would still base it on your arrival time and what you feel you can do driving after coming across the country. If you arrive late on the 6th then stay in or near Boston, get a good meal and sleep. If you arrive early then drive to Woodstock VT (or that general area) on the 7th drive to either northern VT or into Canada. I would say north of Stowe somewhere would be good. 8th or so travel to Conway/Jackson explore.
    I would pick a spot for the long weekend. Maybe Conway or Ossipee NH because you can drive into Maine or into eastern Vermont. On Monday the 12th I would say head south and from here out you can probably do without reservations. I would say end up near New Salem MA on the 15/16th and then depending on departure time you can come back on I-90… I hope this helps somewhat…
    Peterborough NH is a artsy scenic town and just a little further along 101 is Dublin NH the home of Yankee magazine… and Petersham and New Salem MA are very pretty little towns around the Quabbin reservoir. You could also look at Historic Deerfield MA which is the home of Yankee candle and they have an old section of town that is truly historic…

    up near Jay peak or Derby Line, or