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Old 02-16-2013, 12:33 AM   #1
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Fall in New England and beyond

We're planning a round trip from our home in Southern California to the New England states this fall. Kind of want to head pretty far north to begin with, then take a not-too-southerly way home. Leaving mid-Sept and could be gone 4-6 weeks. Towing a 38' Brookstone 5th wheel. I know this is a really broad question and has probably been asked many times before...but what dream route would you take? What sites would you not miss especially in New England? We've seen most of the West (Yellowstone, Rushmore, etc).
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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One place you can visit is Mt. Washington in NH., and take the auto up to the top. It's a eight mile auto road trip to the top [coaches are avail], or drive your own way to the top, the observatory is located at the top, where the highest winds in the United States were recorded. The Cog Railway also makes the trip the the summit, which is a fun experience as well. You can goggle Mt. Washington and Cog Railway for a better description and info. Plenty of campgrounds in the area, but you my need to make reservations.
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Our blog will give you some insight to New England in the earlier posts. Some verbiage, many pics.
ME, VT, NH, NY, etc.

Includes Blue Ridge Parkway in in TN/KY area.

http://davenola.blogspot.com/

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You'll find that many if not most of the campgrounds close around Oct. 1st. They call it winter.
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The Kancamangus (sp?) highway between Lincoln and Conway, NH is very scenic ... I have travelled it in a 35' motorhome towing ... it is designated as a scenic byway ... I agree

The area around Lake Placid, New York is very scenic too
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You should be here in New England no later that Sept 15th. Colors peak around Oct 1st +/- 2 weeks in southern New Hampshire. Scroon lake in (upper state) new york is nice.
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Be sure to check out the Mohawk Trail in Mass.


Massachusetts Vacations - The seasons come alive on the Mohawk Trail - Western MA Vacations - New England Getaways with nearby Shopping, Arts, and Outdoor Adventure - Western MA Attractions - Mohawk Trail

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Most NE campgrounds, other than state parks are open until Columbus Day weekend and a good number are open beyond that. Google camping for any NE state and you will find a number of ways to search for campgrounds and check their season.
This general guide for VT will give you an idea about foliage. Foliage Vermont's Foliage Predictor or Forecaster
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Just be aware of the fact that you will be one of many, many folks who come to New England to see the foliage in the Fall [Leaf Peekers]. Columbus Day weekend is the worst time for traffic in Northern New England with people "from away" and bus tours, etc.

Foliage peaks in late September and early October in the northern portions of Maine, New Hamshire, and Vermont and then gradually later as you move South.

In addition to the specific spots mentioned above, some general areas to consider:
Vermont: Burlington/Lake Champlain
Manchester/Dorset
Woodstoc/Quechee
New Hampshire: White Mountains/North Conway
Lake Winnipesaukee
Portsmouth
Maine: Acadia/Bar Harbor
Anywhere along the coast [Route 1]
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All the above but you mentioned you are towing a 5'er. If you have DRW, Mount Washington may not be the climb you would want to make in a big pick-up. The driver will not get to see much, and the passenger will have a white knuckle grip on anything at hand. However, it is a beautiful ride in an automobile. Coming down there are stops programmed to let you pull over an "cool" the brakes.

Four to 6 weeks is going to be a busy driving schedule and you may not see all that you want to see. Depending how far North you go, the Upper Peninsular, St Ignace and others are very nice. As stated, the Adirondacks is also another fall foliage area with campgrounds along the way. We stayed in Tupper Lake, because my father was born there and we have relatives. We stayed at Little Wolf City park, right on Little Wolf Lake. Lake Placid is about 30 miles away. All of the highways through the Adirondacks were nice for us in a 40ft towing a car. A 5'er will have no problems.

We didn't stay on hwy 3 but cut down on some other highway, but the were all good, over to I-87 then Highway 7 across to Highway 2 in NH and on to Central Mass, our final destination. Some of the roads were "narrow" in that the shoulder was the white line, but still not problem for an 8' 5" wide body.

Enjoy your trip, and happy trails.

p.s., are you stopping at Niagara Falls. Also, if you have never been spend 3 or 4 days in Gettysburg on the way back.
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In Maine we stayed last October in a campground near Bar Harbor. The town was crawling with cruise ship escapees each time we went to town, but once out of walking distance from the pier it wasn't too crowded. Acadia NP was beautiful to explore in our toad, stops along the loop road to explore rocky seacoast and lots of birch and evergreen forests. I had always been partial to western NP, this one opened our eyes! Also check out Boothbay Harbor and Freeport for L.L. Bean.
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While it isn't New England, one of the most beautiful state parks I've visited in the Fall is Ricketts Glen in PA. 22 waterfalls along a 4 mile hike.
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Some general obsrvations about New England. The roads are narrower than out west. I-95 is to be avoided from Virginia into southern Maine if you have a large MH or 5th Wheel. The State Parks are best suited for tenters or pop ups as they have few if any hookups and have not been upgraded in decades. Do your research on line before you go as I have stayed in some of the worst and best campgrounds in New England. It seems the best ones are never easy to get to. Lake George has some nice places and good scenery. Stowe Vt. is a small nice town with nice camp grounds south of there. The nice camp grounds tend to be family oriented resorts with lots of planned activities
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I am retiring in May and one of our dream trips is to New England this Fall. We live in southeastern SD and plan on going north thru Duluth, MN, northern Michigan, into Canada and back to Niagara Falls. Hopefully be in New England states at prime leaf peeping season. We have a 35' Winne with Jeep toad. I've read all the replies but one question I have is: "Is there bus/train trips into the larger cities from smaller areas or campgrounds? We want to go into Boston, for example, to see some sites, but don't want to drive. Does anyone have suggestions, help regarding this?
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