Well the question is Can we do:
A Fall foliage trip in 7-8 days through all 6 states?
Is this a fall foliage trip that can be done? Of course it can but I never have. I’m afraid of missing that interesting something, just around the next bend in the road. There is nothing wrong with this goal and here is what they asked/told me.
- Bucket list item to visit New England in the fall
- Her and her BFF in a brand new 22′ RV
- 7-8 days to travel through all 6 states
- and of course the best routes and places to stay.
My response is below and as always, this is my opinion, nothing more. It is not law or engraved in stone on the summit of Mount Washington. It’s just that I try to take my time when I do take the time to take a fall foliage trip.
I usually fail at taking my time but I do try to find new places that I haven’t visited before along with a few of my old favorites.
New England Photography and Fall Foliage in 7-8 days
With dates of 27 Sept to 5 October, your primary points of interest for best fall color will be northern VT, and NH. I think Maine will be a stretch because you will have to drive up to Jackman and Moosehead lake for really good color.
I know Acadia gets beautiful color in the fall but not until late Oct or Nov. MA starts getting really good about mid-Oct along with CT and RI which extends into Nov with the seaside communities. The rule is the closer to a body of water (applies to lakes and big rivers) the later the color changes will be.
I’ve stayed in RV campgrounds near Woodstock (on Route 4 outside of Quechee VT) and just south of Conway on Route 16. Both of these places were KOAs so you should be able to find them ok. Also, I stayed there back in 2004 and in checking along route 16 I found, “The Beach Camping Area” and “the Saco River Camping Area”. They are almost in the downtown area so you are near everything.
Too much driving makes for a windshield vacation
NOW! before I go too much further I will tell you like I tell all the others, who plan to cover as much as they can in a week or even a weekend. Yes, you can visit all six states in 7 days, Heck you could do it in one day if you have a mind to. But you will be driving from sun-up to sun-down and not enjoying the trip.
Questions about your time line
Driving time, from Michigan to Vermont is about two days. Once in Vermont would suggest you spend 2-3 days there and then 2-3 days in NH and then it will take two to three days to get home again. If the 7-8 days is total drive time then you will be visiting Vermont for 2 or maybe 3 days and heading home.
One thought on our highways
Basically the adage of “You can’t get thar from here” Applies if you want to east to west in New England. Although Massachusetts has I-90 and that in fact, goes from Boston out to and past Michigan which may be your route in.
We have several nice highways to travel north to south in Vermont (like I-91 and Route 7 ) and in New Hampshire you have I-93. But if you want to head east to west in any of these states you will be on two lane primary roads. (I Just thought of this), I-89 in connects from Concord NH and does snake its way from the south-east to the north-west in Vermont. The rest like I-91 and Route 7 in VT and I-93 in NH are North to South. I-95 goes from RI up through MA and NH and into ME but only along the coast.
My experience with RVs in New England & Photography
I traveled in my 26′ RV from Wisconsin to as far as Illinois or western PA before I stopped for the night and then I drove the next day up to Erie where I grew up and visited with friends and then another long day of driving (9+ hours) to get to Salem MA. I don’t know what you have pulling your RV, but please take many small trips to get an idea of how long it takes to get from point A to point B on the highways. Then I want you to drive the same distance on the back roads and see how long that takes.
Finding highways in New England versus two lane roads
Here in New England we have far more back roads to travel on then we do highways. I’m not talking dirt roads but we do have a lot of them as well and some of the most interesting things are found on them. Read my hundreds of articles on this subject if you have any questions.
I also don’t want you to get scared off, I just want you to be realistic in your goals. I would much rather hear that you have had the most wonderful adventure ever and not that you need a vacation from your vacation… This part of America is a life-time journey and not a one time checked that box off, vacation. I’ve been exploring for 20 years and while I have covered a fair amount of it. I haven’t even found ALL the covered bridges yet??? It may take another 20 and I might get them all…
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Then start looking at all the routes you can take. Do NOT rely only on a GPS because unless you know where you want to go, you can’t tell it where to go. You may also pass up a dozen covered bridge because the GPS will take you on the most expedient route but not always a scenic route. Choose your route because it has an interesting name like Mad Tom’s Notch… I would take that road any day instead of Route 7… While route 7 in Vermont IS very scenic, in fact it can be a valley of color. I far more enjoyed Mad Tom’s Notch for it’s unique views..
In the end it doesn’t really what route you take because I find all the roads I take will make some incredible memories..
I hope this helps..Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.