BOSTON -- When it comes to fall foliage, it is hard to beat the
scenic charm of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Vermont, because of its northern location and mountainous terrain,
offers some of the earliest fall colors, starting with the red
maples in the region nearest the Canadian border.
The state draws almost 1 million visitors during its foliage
season, many of whom converge in late September through Columbus
Day weekend, according to the Vermont Department of Tourism and
In fact, some hotels are booked a year in advance on weekends,
according to the Department of Travel and Tourism, which advises
visitors to plan midweek arrivals and to expect a two-night minimum
stay at many properties.
In addition to the foliage, visitor attractions in Vermont
include the Norman Rockwell Gallery in Arlington, the Battle
Monument in Manchester and the Clock Emporium in Old
Also of interest are ski resorts at Lake Raponda, Mount Snow and
Bromley Mountain, offering chair-lift views of the scenery, and
Jacksonville and Wilmington, both featuring quaint shops.
Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
Phone: (800) VERMONT
Vermont Fall Foliage
Web: www.travel-vermont .com
In New Hampshire, scenic sites include the White Mountains, the
Lakes Region, Merrimack Valley, Lake Sunapee and the Monadnock
region. Visitors can hike in the 9,000-acre Pillsbury State Park;
take in the Sandwich Fair, held annually on Columbus Day weekend,
or shop in the Old Country Store in Moultonborough, which dates
Other visitor stops include Castle in the Clouds, which offers a
view of Lake Winnipesaukee; the historic town of Wolfeboro, and
Canterbury Shaker Village.
State parks include Monadnock, Hampton Beach and Odiorne Point,
all offering hiking and cycling trails, picnic sites and boating.
Probably the most well-known scenic highway in the region is the
Kancamagus Highway, designated by the government as a Scenic
The road, linking Conway to Lincoln, climbs some 3,000 feet into
the White Mountains National Forest.
New Hampshire Office of Tourism
Phone: (800) FUN-IN-NH