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trip in october

Having to make the choice about whether to fly into Boston for two week hols either 17th Oct or a week later on 24thoct. We would like to see the leaves changing and had thought about driving inland on the mohawk trail and onto the berkshires and looping back to cape cod. I know no one can predict the weather but I have two questions: Do you think going the earliest week would be better for being able to see colour change in some of these areas?

Do you think cape cod or the coast of Maine would be better in early November?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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1. Re: trip in october

The leaves will have changed by the 17th, but most will still be on the trees--just all brown and ready to fall by then. If you wait until the 24th you're chances get worse that you'll see some color.

Cape Cod would be great, and a little warmer than the coast of Maine in early November; plus, there won't be any crowds.

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Since weather patters have changing so much who knows when the leaves will change now but if you do some searches online there are websites that can help you figure out when the leaves might be changing.

best of luck!

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If you drive south your chances of seeing the leaves change may be better. You could consider traveling through RI or CT. Remember the leaves change North to South so the southern states of New England will have the leaves changing later than the north. Just a suggestion you may enjoy the Newport, RI area, or Mystic CT. Cape Cod generally doesn't every have good leaf color since most of the trees are scrub pines or pines versus the sugar maples, oaks, birch that give the best color. The earlier date would be better for Massachusetts.

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You might want to check out newengland.com. I don't know whether they maintain records throughout the year, but as the season approaches, they collect and publish on-line foliage reports from contributors throughout the region.

As others have said, by late October, most of the beautiful color will have passed, especially north of Boston. It generally peaks around here mid-month, though it's impossible to make generalities... it's not just the temperature, but the amount of rain that's a major factor, as well as the topography and whether the area is marshy of well-drained.

Also, you can get a good idea by whether lodging is available... lots of people book the same places year after year because they know the patterns, making it more of a challenge to find lodging at "peak", while it's readily available a week before or a week after.

PS - In October, there are a couple things that may interest you. The Topsfield Fair or Haunted Happenings (Salem). If you don't mind crowds, these events are very popular. If you don't like traffic or crowds, avoid these like the plague.

Personally, I like the coast of Maine more than Cape Cod, but that's a matter of taste. The foliage will be pretty much gone by then in either location, though maybe will last a bit longer on the Cape.

Maine has a rocky, irregular coastline, while the Cape is all pretty much low-lying with long stretches of sandy beaches. Both have quaint litle towns scattered around.

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I'm going to have to disagree with the poster who said leaves are all brown by mid-October. In western Mass, it *really* depends on the end of summer and beginning of fall weather. This past fall, there were still some green maples around at the beginning of November, and then a bunch of the remaining trees all changed color almost overnight and fell within two days or so.

Supposedly the "peak weekend" for seeing leaves changing is Columbus Day weekend, but it's really hard to predict. Your best bet would be to go the earlier week you mentioned, and you'll probably be fine doing that.

As far as driving, just keep in mind that Boston to the Berkshires is a significant day's drive if you aren't staying in the Berkshires overnight. Depending on traffic, it will probably take about 3 and a half hours to get from Boston to Pittsfield, which is kind of considered the "center" of the Berkshires. However, Massachusetts has some reallllly nice areas to drive through, especially once you get off the main highways heading out from Boston.

Early November Maine will be ridiculously cold, possibly even already starting to snow. The Cape will be cold as well though, so I suppose it really depends on what you're looking to do. I tend to like Maine more than the Cape, but it's really personal preference.

Also, don't forget, there's much more to do in Mass than just hit up Boston! Western Mass has a lot of fun and/or quirky things to do: stuff like the Higgins Armory (where you can check out suits of armor) and the Butterfly Conservatory (where thousands of butterflies fly around in a greenhouse, and you can walk among them/let them land on you etc, Old Sturbridge Village - a Colonial re-enactment that you can walk through, with blacksmiths, etc.) cool funky small cities like Northampton for interesting unique shopping and dining, tons of outdoor stuff like hiking trails, skiing, the quandrangle in Springfield - a group of museums looking out onto a Dr. Seuss sculpture garden... so much to do. :)

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Thank you so much for all your responses, they are really helpful. We will probably go the earliest week. Do keep posting though if there are any more thoughts or suggestions.Best wishes

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