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Where do you recommend driving for fall foliage season?

Prius in fallAs you know, people come from all over the country to New England during leaf-peeping season. The best foliage in late September is in Northern New England and then as the weeks go on into October, the foliage changes in Southern New England.

Experts predict the foliage will be a little later this year and “patchy” as it wasn’t an ideal spring or summer for foliage. Most of New England had a dry spring and little rainfall this summer, which is great, except that it affects the foliage season. The rainfall this week will perhaps hasten the New England foliage. Yankee Magazine’s fall foliage website gives you live foliage map to track the color changes.

Since I’ve addressed this topic before, I’d like to highlight some of the lesser-known road trips in places where life is slower and there may be a little less traffic. Driving is stressful enough on weekdays, so I hope you’ll enjoy visiting some places you may never have seen for some breath-taking colorful foliage.

One of the best parts of living in New England is that we’re in a region where you can drive about two hours in any direction, and you are in a different state with different views and activities. As small as our region is, each state and each town has its own personality. With your cell phone or camera in hand, what a great opportunity to post your photos on social media or create a family album. We encourage you to become part of the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion family and post your photos to our Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook pages. Tell us where you went, rate the foliage and what you liked best about the area or town.

I would be remiss though if I didn’t mention the two places that get the most accolades. In “50 Stunning Places kancamagus-granite-and-foliage1Around the World” to see autumn foliage, according to weather.com, is North Conway, New Hampshire. My other favorite place is driving through the White Mountains on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire.

In “50 Stunning Places,” they also note Hogback Mountain in Brattleboro, Vermont, about two-and-a half-hours from this area. Here are some lesser-known places to visit in New England:

Berkshire SignMASSACHUSETTS –Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires-Amherst-Williamstown region is often overlooked by those in the Boston and Seacoast area. There are loads of quaint inns and bed and breakfasts in this region. Shelburne Falls is another place to visit in the region.

RHODE ISLAND – This small state has so much to offer. Foliage is often best in Northern anRId Western, R.I. on the Connecticut border. It’s even beautiful along the downtown Providence Canal area.

MAINE – Camden, Rangeley, Bethel and Blue Hill are beautiful areas to visit.

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Hanover, Jackson, Sandwich, Conway and the Waterville Valley area are places to visit for beautiful colors.

VT in autumnVERMONT – Stowe, Montgomery, Woodstock, Manchester, Middlebury and Waitsfield are places written up for having beautiful scenery without the crowds. Keep in mind that the “Green Mountain” state is 80 percent forestry and is one of the best states to visit this season.


CONNECTICUT – Litchfield and The Cornwalls have been written up as the best places to visit.

Wait! Before you go on a long drive, be sure your vehicle maintenance is up-to-date and your tires are properly inflated and windshield wipers are in good working condition. If you need help preparing your vehicle, please call the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion Service Department or book an appointment online. If you get to any of these places, or any place of your choosing to see foliage, please let us know how your trip was and post to social media or email us your photos to askgaryj@gmail.com. We’d love to see your photos, with or without your vehicle!

Enjoy this beautiful time of the year in New England!

Ask Gary Jaffarian

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