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Welcome to the Abbington Village Fall Foliage Information Center

Starting in mid to late September, State tourism offices have a Foliage Hotline that gives updated information on where the "peak" viewing can be found each day. Most States also post the updated information on their Tourism Department web sites. Even if the "peak" is not in the area where you are staying it shouldn't be more than an hour's drive away.

The Fall Foliage season in New England runs from the end of September in Northern New England through the end of October in Southern New England. It is impossible to predict the exact time of the "peak" colors but in general (give or take a couple of days), the "peak" across central and southern Vermont, New Hampshire and northern and western Maine is during the first week of October and around Columbus Day it has moved to western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. Even though a paricular area may not be at "peak" as you pass through, there will still be much color to see throughout the season.

 

STATE HOT-LINE WEB SITE
Maine 888-624-6345 Web Site
New Hampshire 800-258-3608 Web Site
Vermont 800-VERMONT Web Site
Massachusetts 800-227-6277 Web Site
Rhode Island 800 250 7384 Not Available
Connecticut 800-282-6863 Web Site

 

One of the most popular routes to follow on a foliage viewing trip, and hence one of the most highly travelled, is Rt. 7 between Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut and the Green Mountains of Vermont, with the Berkshires of western Massachusetts in between. There are many lodging choices available in Litchfield and the surrounding area in Connecticut. In western Massachusetts, Stockbridge, Lenox and Williamstown are the most popular, while in Vermont, Bennington, Manchester and Manchester Center and Woodstock are popular destinations with many lodging choices available. The Mohawk Trail ( Rt. 2 ) from Greenfield west to Williamstown is a very popular foliage viewing drive.

In New Hampshire, the majestic views of the White Mountains are best viewed along the most popular foliage viewing drive in New England, The Kancamagus Highway (Rt. 112), that runs from Lincoln to Conway. There are many lodging choices available in the towns near both ends of the Highway.

These more major highways are good for getting quickly from place to place and they do provide ample opportunities for foliage viewing but it is often the back roads through small towns that end up providing the most memorable experiences. Don't be afraid to explore.

Visitors from around the world visit New England each Fall/Autumn. Therefore, if you're planning a self drive tour, it is best to plan ahead and make advance reservations for lodging, especially on the weekends. Pick a central area for lodging and then explore out in all directions during day trips, returning at night for a quiet dinner and relaxation.

 

Click Here to find road maps for the New England states.

More Fall foliage viewing information is available at Yankee Magazine's Yankeefoliage.com and from the Weather Channel.

Cape Cod and the Islands, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island are also great areas to visit in the Fall season. They are not areas known for foliage viewing but the quiet beaches, uncrowded highways and off season rates are attractive to many travellers.

 

 

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click on a state's name below.

 

 

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