Maine’s endless outdoor activities make it a fun place to start
exploring fall foliage. The northern part of the state sees color
change as early as mid-September, and the vibrant hues move
down the state, with leaves changing around Halloween at the
state’s southern-most tip.
Where to Visit: Kennebec County, which encompasses Augusta,
the Belgrade Lakes and Kennebec Valley, is a great place to see
fall color change. Augusta is a quaint city that empties out at
the end of the summer, so autumn is a perfect time to visit
and avoid the tourist rush. While you’re there, visit the Belgrade
Lakes region, which includes a chain of seven lakes located just
10 miles from the city. There, visitors enjoy hiking, fishing and
kayaking during the fall months. In addition to taking in Maine’s
reds, purples and yellows, stop and pick some apples at one of
the many orchards outside Augusta.
When to Visit: Last week in September to first week in October
What to Do: Hiking, fishing, boating and apple picking
New Hampshire is an outdoor haven of lakes, tall mountains,
deep valleys, optimal stargazing and, of course, lush forests,
making it a perfect spot for viewing fall colors.
Where to Visit: The White Mountains in New Hampshire offer
a great place to see fall foliage while enjoying a peaceful mountain atmosphere. Drive the Kancamagus Highway through White
Mountain National Forest, 800,000 acres of small towns and undeveloped land. Along the way, you’ll pass waterfalls and plenty
of places to stop and take in the fall colors. On your way out of
the state, check out Flume Gorge, a natural chasm with hiking,
caves to explore and bridges over beautiful waterfalls.
When to Visit: Last week in September to mid-October
What to Do: Swimming, boating, golfing and hiking
Pennsylvania boasts the longest period of color and most varied fall foliage of anywhere in the world. Its geographic location
and topography from sea level to more than 3,000 feet high in
the Laurel Highlands create the perfect environment for 134 species of trees.
Where to Visit: Promised Land State Park has 12,000 acres of
trees in Pennsylvania’s Delaware State Forest. The park offers
spectacular views of fall leaves, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy while you’re driving through the park. Try
renting a boat on the freshwater lakes, hiking on Little Falls Trail
or even stay a night or two in the quaint, rustic cabins scattered
throughout the forest.
When to Visit: Last two weeks of October
What to Do: Hiking, boating and fishing
White Mountain National Forest
Great Smoky Mountains National Park