BOSTON -- Vermont and New Hampshire get the lion's share of
attention during fall foliage season, but New England as a whole
offers great color, sightseeing and activities.
The season usually runs from mid-September to late October, as
the peak period works its way from north to south and from higher
to lower elevations. Tourism officials urge visitors not to become
obsessed with arriving at the exact moment of peak season as the
colors are well worth the trip at any time during the season.
Leaf watchers should book early and, if possible, include some
midweek touring when the roads are less crowded. Accommodations can
include hotels, inns and bed-and-breakfast properties as well as
In Massachusetts, most tours begin in Boston and wend through
Lexington and Concord into the Merrimack Valley. Other popular Bay
State locales include the Berkshires, Greater Springfield and
Franklin County, the Mohawk Trail, central Massachusetts, Plymouth
County and Cape Cod.
Massachusetts Office of Travel Tourism
Phone: (800) 227-MASS
In Connecticut, visitors can see a variety of foliage in the
state's eight state parks and forests, offering scenic lookout
spots and towers.
Top foliage-viewing locations selected by the Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Parks and Forests
include Haystack Mountain State Park, West Norfolk; Macedonia Brook
State Park, Warren; Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall; Pachaug State
Forest, Voluntown; Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted; Shenipsit
State Forest, Somers; Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, and
Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury.
Visitors also can see the scenery from some of the state's ski
resorts, according to the Connecticut Office of Tourism. They
include Powder Ridge, Mohawk Mountain and Mount Southington.
Connecticut Office of Tourism
Phone: (800)CT-BOUND or (800) 282-6863
Fax: (860) 270-8077
In Maine, visitors can see the colors in French-Acadian country
in areas such as Aroostook County, where the leaves change first;
Presque Isle; Ashland, and Frenchville.
The relatively unpopulated Katahdin-Moosehead region is a good
match for outdoor buffs who want to try hiking, fishing and
canoeing. Other especially scenic areas include Acadia National
Park and Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in New England.
Coastal Maine, known to locals as "Downeast," includes the
forests of Washington County and the Moosehorn National Wildlife
Refuge. Other scenic sites include Fryeburg, Lake
Pennesseewassee,Bethel and Newry. Newry offers visitors chair-lift
rides overlooking the scenery at Sunday River ski resort.
Maine Office of Tourism
Phone: (888) MAINE-45