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Old 07-25-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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2014 New England Fall Folliage Recommendations

We are planning a trip from So Cal to New England this fall to see the fall colors. Based on our initial research, we are planning to arrive in New England in mid to late Sept. We have no particular schedule, so we can stay as long as weather and color changes allow. This is our first RV trip to New England. We are looking for recommendations on where to "home base", places to visit, campgrounds, etc.
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Plan on the peak foliage to be the last two weeks of October in Mass. The further north you go the slightly sooner the peak foliage is . That is the most prevalent time. Although it can vary based on weather.

The trees need two good frosty nights to "peak out."

Rain during this time is not good.

Search the internet for foliage, as there are more than one website that will give you live updates with maps.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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I'd go in via the Adirondack mountains in NY accross Northern VT & NH into N Maine then work south. The mountains get cold first so they get color first. You can gauge when color will happen by looking at when the campgrounds close. Depending on how much time you have you can follow the color line south as far as Florida. Be aware of the relationship between closing campgrounds and freezing nights that accompany the change. Some places can handle freezing but most cannot. You will find you have to keep an eye on the weather and run with internal water at times.
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X2 what nothermark said. As far as campground closings go, lots of places will close after Columbus Day weekend. On that note, you might want to reserve ahead for that weekend.
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Thanks for the info.

I had pretty much decided that we have a 3 to 4 week window for seeing the color changes based on typical years.

I like nothermark's recommendation about starting in Maine and then working south.

Any suggestions for specific towns/RV parks that are central for day trips in the Jeep? Since we are newbies to travelling in the Northeast, any ideas are appreciated.

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In Mass. Start in the northern town of Williamstown, and travel eastward along the Mohawk Trial. (Route 2) It is considered one of the most scenic drives in the country and when the fall foliage is present, it is outstanding!!

Here is link for more information: HowStuffWorks "Massachusetts Scenic Drives: Mohawk Trail"

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We did this trip last fall from So Cal to New England and it was amazing!! Almost 10,000 miles..and our first trip there also. Briefly..we headed out on I-15 to I-70 to Denver, then across Nebraska and Iowa, Southern Michigan, then up to Niagara Falls. Here's where the New England part started. From Buffalo we meandered over to Ft.Ticonderoga and Shelburne VT...across northern VT and NH into Maine and came down to Belfast on the coast. Skipped Acadia because of the government shutdown at the time. Then wound down the coast...Camden, Freeport, Kennebunkport, etc....then into MA. Salem, Boston, Plymouth, Cape Cod, Providence...then on to Hartford CT (Mark Twains home), and NYC (we camped about 70 miles north of NYC near Beacon/Newburgh on the Hudson, and took the train into the city. Fabulous! We did the same thing while seeing Boston...Minuteman Campground west of Boston, and just took the train in. After NYC, then we were off to Philly and Gettysburg with relatives. Then down to Baltimore and DC to visit more relatives. Visited Civil War battlefields in Virginia where my ancestor fought..also Monticello, Jefferson's home. By the way, we left home on Sept 23...and by Halloween we were in DC. We knew campgrounds would start closing around Columbus Day and after but never ran into a problem! Made reservations for the Boston, NYC, Gettysburg, and DC parks....but really didn't need to. Saw gorgeous colors, just gambled on most of it, and felt that we lucked out with it all!! After Virginia we turned west to Cincinnati to visit friends,then onto my aunt'a farm in Illinois for a few days where we got our first snow...but very light, on Veterans Day. Then we hit I-70 and came home via Hannibal, Dodge City, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff...with our last night in Laughlin. AMAZING trip...not one problem....maybe we were just lucky! You'll have a great trip! Feel free to ask me about specific campgrounds,etc!
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