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Old 08-22-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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New England color tour

I posted this in another site without much luck so here we go. Looking to do a color tour in October. Will be leaving from Michigan. I don't have a clue what roads / routes to take. Can anyone advise what roads to take and places of interest. I want to go all to way to Maine starting in Massachusetts. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Since you are going to start in Mass I would recommend this tour. Be warned that on weekends the traffic used to be bad. Since the gas prices are so high now it might be better.

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Timing

Timing the trip so the leaves are at their peak is a challenge some years. The area needs at least 5 cold days and nights to get the colors changing. Usually there are web sites that give you the extend of the color changes state by state.

Your Guide to Tracking New England Fall Foliage

This web site might help.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:46 AM   #4
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Check the state of Maine web site. It updates daily on the color changes.

Be forwarned, when the "Silver haired leaf peeper" hits town, traffic goes to h---.

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Don't forget that NH and VT are in New England. They often get the best color. Both states have web sites that give foliage info.
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The Catskills and Adirondacks can be found at
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and click on fall foliage reports. Currently it will show the last update as of Nov 2011. Up in the mountains, color changes sometimes start as early as Labor Day, but usually about the mid-late September.... Or at least that's what I remember as a kid!
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As one who grew up in Western Mass.: If you can keep your schedule flexible if you can and then watch the weather. As soon as the region has two frosts, go. You will find the colors at their peak. Heavy rain and/or wind diminishes colors as it knocks leaves off the the trees.

The changing of the leaves is a beautiful sight and worth the trip.

You will be called a "leaf peeper" by locals, but it is in good humor.
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I remember going through the states of New York and Pennsylvania around the 3rd week of october back in the late 70's and the color was at peak. I am kind of wondering about this year though.
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I posted this in another site without much luck so here we go. Looking to do a color tour in October. Will be leaving from Michigan. I don't have a clue what roads / routes to take. Can anyone advise what roads to take and places of interest. I want to go all to way to Maine starting in Massachusetts. Any help would be appreciated.
If you want to follow the color changes, I think you would want to start north to south, since it is a function of cooler temperatures ....that is what we did a few years ago and we enjoyed the trip. As stated, there are a number of sites that give you an idea of the color you will see. Also as stated, weekends are busy.

Once again, we sure enjoyed the color change part of the trip, plus all of the historic places to see in the northeast.
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Weather & Leaf Peeping

As mentioned earlier the weather has alot to do with peak color, I'd start watching the New England weather in the states you are traveling to.
That might help along with being flexible with the time you travel.
Good Luck - keep us posted on your success.
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