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Posted by: RonLeavitt
« on: July 18, 2015, 03:05:43 PM »

We have started planning our trip to New England this September and October to visit friends and family.  I grew up in the Boston area.  Weekends we would take drives to New Hampshire or Vermont as our family get-away.  I remember visiting Gloucester, Franconia Notch, the Flume, Conway, and Hampton and Rye Beaches fondly.  I also spent a few weeks one summer on Martha's Vineyard and Moosehead Lake, Maine, with neighbors.  It will be fun getting back "home" and re-visiting these sites and finding more.  Ideally we'll visit in peak foliage season.

I had thought fall foliage developed from north to south.  It is more accurate to say foliage develops from inland towards the coast; from the Canadian border to the sea.  For that reason I'm considering driving from up-state  New York into Northern Vermont and Maine then down the Maine coast into New Hampshire and inland and south into central Massachusetts then east toward Boston and south to Rhode Island.   Ideally I'll plan a short drive between campsites with daily sight-seeing excursions.

In researching the best time to go and sites of interest, I've discovered a number of websites that will help me in my trip planning.  Here are a few of those:

An interactive guide to peak color in New England:
Maine, past foliage reports (slow site):            

I'll add to this section as our plans develop and I would love to hear from people who know the areas or who are planning a similar trip.