Fall foliage in New England can be one of the world's most beautiful sights. Advance planning, especially if you are traveling from a distance, is crucial. Important decisions include deciding where to go and when to go as well as which activities to choose and how you will get around.
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New England may appear small on a map, but this six-state region in the Northeast U.S. is diverse and infinitely fascinating. Upstate New York may not officially be in New England, but the fall foliage can still be breathtaking. Familiarize yourself with places in New England that you might want to visit, and then you can best coordinate a day for touring the scenic roads while there.
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Step 2: Decide on When to Go
The top question for everyone planning a fall foliage trip is, "When should I visit New England in order to see fall leaves at their peak?" Many factors, like temperatures and rainfall, can affect peak foliage, so it is difficult to precisely predict the dates. Some best bets include:
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Step 3: Pick One of New England's Best Fall Destinations
The question of "Where to go?" is just as important as "When to go?" Some popular New England destinations for people who want to experience the changing of the leaves are Litchfield, Connecticut; Salem, Massachusetts; and Bethel, Maine.
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Step 4: Select Your Mode of Transportation
It is time to get down to the travel logistics. How will you get here? And how will you get around? You can fly into Boston or Hartford, Connecticut. From there, you will need to rent a car to do your backroad scenic touring. Or, if New England is within driving distance from you, get a map and plan a drive through one of the mountain drives in New England.
For those without a car, there are tour buses and even a llama ride from Boston that you can take to get a view of the changing leaves.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Step 6: Experience the Regional Traditions
While in New England take advantage of the region's cherished fall traditions and activities, like apple or pumpkin picking, getting lost in a corn maze or taking a hayride. If this is your first time experiencing fall foliage in New England, make sure you do not miss out on these pinnacle experiences.
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Step 7: Share Fall Foliage Memories
Once your visit is through, you should preserve and share your travel memories. Bring back the spirit of your autumn visit to New England home with you.