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graham

Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by graham »

Graham here from OZ.  Love this site!   

I'm thinking of doing a 'foliage tour'  (yep, I am at that age ... 65 ! ).

Any recommendations ?  Probably looking at New England .....(Washington State ?).

Looking at this coming season  (September/October)

A number of people on the internet suggest you just do it by car...but I am a bit over that .......so just wondering if you all can help me, as there seem to be a lot of Americans posting on this site.

Thanks and have a happy Easter ...

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RE: Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by /bio/pheymont »

Graham, there's a reason that most of the recommendations are for car...the alternatives are riding in a bus, with limited visibility and no power to stop, look and photograph, or to go to smaller, less-intense leaf sites within towns and cities.

That said, this site has been a useful guide to where and when: http://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/

Here's a link to information about fall foliage bus tours...I have no info on them, since we drive to the leaves, but it may be worth following if you're sure you don't want to drive: http://gonewengland.about.com/cs/fallfoliage/a/aabustours.htm

 

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RE: Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by /bio/pauline-frommer »

Agree that you should do it by car if at all possible. Generally peak viewing season is around our Columbus Day weekend (Columbus Day falls on October 13 this year). Yankee Magazine is an excellent resource at PHeyman has said. I'd recommend Vermont: classic New England vistas, the most variety of colors (from what I've read), adorable towns, good restaurants. It is, however, very popular, so you'll want to get some hotel reservations in advance.

Cordially,

Pauline

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RE: Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by /bio/sewlovetotravel »

You can also go to the White Mountains of New Hampshire--absolutely beautiful.  I agree with the above--you really need to drive yourself as you'll be able to stop when you want to in order to take pictures.   

 

Good luck!

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RE: Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by /bio/captain-larry »

Graham, what the others have said is absolutely true -- driving yourself is the most desireable way to see the autumnal coloration. But there are a couple of caveats. I recently rented a car for a few days in Ireland because I wanted to go where the escorted tour did not go. I'm a few years your elder, but I was very nervous about driving on, for me, the "wrong side of the road." Spending most of three weeks touring on the motor coach helped to prepare me for my time behind the wheel. If you are comfortable with left-hand drive, and if you plan your route carefully, driving yourself is the way to go.

If, on the other hand, you want someone else to do the driving for you, every tour company that operates in North America has a Fall Folliage Tour package. There are even cruises that sail from places like Baltimore and New Your City that feature visits in Eastern Canada where the Autumnal coloration is as spectacular as anywhere on Earth. In fact, the most spectacular I have ever seen was in the Province of Quebec. And I live in the middle of the Appalachian Mountain forests of Pennsylvania. Western North American has a spectacular show as well, but it tends toward monochromatic yellow. The East has a multicolored display with reds, oranges, and even purples mixed in with the yellow.

If you think you might be interested in an escorted tour check out www.ymtvacations.com. YMT is a budget touring company and what you buy from them is transportation and lodging. Everything else, including most breakfasts, is on your own. Even if you plan to go independently checking the tour company itineraries could be of assistance in planning your own itinerary.

Good luck, and welcome to North America.

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RE: Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by /bio/captain-larry »

We did our fall foliage cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines. That's when I saw the spectacular display near Quebec City, and all along the St. Lawrence River.

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RE: Fall Foliage Planning--Need Help!

by /bio/cargo13 »

It might sound odd but we cruised up the US New England side into Canada in late September and the foliage at all the stops was the highlight.  Most of the tours on the ground/shore excursions are oriented around the fall foliage.  

We sailed on the Royal Caribbean but passengers from the Priness ship were raving about their cruise.  

Just an option.

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