Though we are technically not quite done with the summer season yet, our minds are starting to shift to autumn mode. In fact, the Daily Passport recently published a feature that names the best towns in the country for foliage, and two New England areas made the list.
“In autumn, many towns in the U.S. go through a fleeting transformation, as leaves on trees start to crinkle up and turn from green to fiery reds, oranges, and yellows,” Daily Passport says. New England is certainly well-known for the vast array of colorful leaves displayed on trees everywhere in the fall. The article continues by explaining how this annual occurrence leads to a leaf peeper’s paradise.
It is safe to say that all six New England states look incredible when the fall season is in full bloom. When you pair that with apple picking, pumpkin patches, and of course, some cider, fall might be when this region shines the brightest.
Nonetheless, there are two towns the Daily Passport recognizes that are a head above the rest. Coincidentally, both of them also have other peak seasons throughout the year.
“In autumn, the abundance of sugar maple trees surrounding this popular northern Vermont ski area put on a spectacular color show,” Daily Passport says of Stowe. On GoStowe.com they even have an entire section dedicated to foliage adventure information. They call themselves “fall’s color capital.” The foliage finder on GoStowe.com tracks how the foliage is turning up in eleven of the most popular areas. These are ideal spots for colorful fall drives and excursions.
To hit the next New England area that was named among the best places for foliage in the country, we’ll drive about six hours east.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Acadia National Park, in the fall season, is filled with every color leaf imaginable. Visit Bar Harbor suggests checking on Frenchman Bay where you can even kayak along the coastline. Then, if you are looking for a more up-close view, you can hike to the top of North Bubble. “Peak foliage in the Bar Harbor region is typically from mid-September into the first two weeks of October,” Visit Bar Harbor says.