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Colours of New England

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Colours of New England

Any advice please on the best time to visit New England to see those glorious colours? Will be starting in Boston.... Very many thanks in anticipation. Sue [in Old England!]

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1. Re: Colours of New England

I think it's still too early in the summer for the foliage forecasters to make a more-or-less-accurate leaf-peeping prediction. But, this page includes links to a map & other info which you should find helpful:


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2. Re: Colours of New England

Since the change in colors work in waves from north to south, it helps to know where you're looking to visit. They can start anytime from the end of September to the end of October. Keep that link CockleCove supplied and in the meantime, start thinking of some of the places you'd like to visit.

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I grew up in upstate NY which also has a lot of foilage and Columbus day weekend always seemed to be the best one for leaf peepers. This year it is the weekend of October 6/7/8.

Although it does depend on the weather!

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As BeansandCod said, it depends on where you are in New England. For some places, it's too early, for some it could be too late.

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To avoid confusion "Columbus Day" weekend this year is Oct 6 and 7th. You can always find great color north of Boston on that weekend (also hordes of locals who want to see it too). We have color maps online that show the actual spread of "peak foliage" through out the area. But, it is like the whole area has been doused with psychedelic colors. You don't need to stress about missing it, the color happens, when it happens because of dryness and nighttime temperatures. You can either drive up the coast to see the colors against the bright blue sea, or to the mountains to see the colors against the evergreens. You will love it either way. Thanks for coming to see our country, we are happy to have you her.

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Color in the northern parts of New England, Maine, NH and VT usually starts the second half of Sept and peaks in southern areas around Columbus Day, which is early this year, so it may be the next weekend. The CT River Valley is a lovely drive at that time of year. Of course, it does very much depend on what Mother Nature decides to do. NH gets reports from official "Leefpeepers" that updates the amount of color on the state tourism web site. www.visitnh.gov.

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