Where do you recommend for fall foliage or fun motor trips that can be done as a day trip?
With the price of gas coming down and the foliage at its peak, this is a great weekend to go to see the magnificent fall foliage. There are so many spectacular places to see the foliage as it seems particularly vibrant this autumn – and they are all a day-trip away. I’d like to focus on a couple of well-known places that are my favorites, as well as some obscure places that have been written up in the media or showcased on television these last few weeks.
In New Hampshire:
1. The Kancamagus Highway is by far the most scenic drive in New England, in my opinion. It is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along N.H.’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as one of the best foliage viewing areas in the entire country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway. I caution you, however, to make sure your vehicle is in great shape (or come see at the Jaffarian Service Department) before you go, because cell-phone coverage is non-existent along much of this scenic drive. But it’s a great get-away from work, cell phone and all obligations as you view the most spectacular foliage in New England.
2. North Conway has over 700,000 acres of the protected White Mountain National Forest and the tallest peak in the North East (Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet), but I love the scenic railroad ride, the outlet stores and the restaurants. In addition to the fall foliage, you have a great little downtown area with Zeb’s old-fashioned country store with great homemade root beer, cream soda and an ambiance that will make you forget it’s 2014!
Mt. Washington’s Cog Railway in Bretton Woods has a three-hour guide tour up Mt. Washington and is one of the few cog railways left in the country. Now that is the perfect way to see foliage!
3. Meredith was the pick of N.H., last week on Channel 5’s Chronicle for its corn maze (no thank you!), pumpkin bowling, antique shops and restaurants. Their recommendation was based on places to visit that are a tank-away and not crowded, so try it and let me know what you think!
1. Boothbay Harbor was Chronicle’s pick for Maine. It has the best of both worlds—foliage and a water view with beautiful marina. It has the 248-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. That alone is a great half-day tourist attraction. There is also the Boothbay Railway Village, a museum featuring steam locomotives.
In Rhode Island:
1. Westerly to Wickford — north, west and south of Providence – is probably the most neglected part of New England, and therefore, never crowded. Being further south in New England, means the beautiful foliage is at its best in late October.
2. Warren – One of Chronicle’s pick of three places in New England with beautiful foliage and no crowds. I haven’t been there but it’s worth checking out. Nice to know there are beautiful places that are more secluded and less touristy!
1. Stowe and surrounding areas along Rt. 100. If you go to New Hampshire or Vermont during foliage season, you can’t go wrong! With its white church steeples above the colorful scenery, it’s one of the best places for taking New England photos! Basically the entire state could make this list!
1. Plymouth and Carver (Plymouth County)—cranberry bogs driving tours are great in the fall when they’re harvesting the cranberries.
2. Berkshire County is by far the best place to travel in Massachusetts, though it may be more than a day trip. Travel along the Mohawk Trail, a great 55-mile drive throughout the Berkshires. If you haven’t been to that part of the state – you need to go in any season! It’s one of my favorite parts of the state, with quaint and scenic towns and the famous Norman Rockwell Museum. That would make a beautiful drive this weekend.
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P.S. Please let me know your favorite fall foliage trips or if you try one of the places mentioned above, let us know how you enjoyed it. Feel free to send a photo of the places you visited, perhaps with your Toyota or Volvo and we’ll post some of them to our Facebook page.