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Top Tips for a Foolproof Fall in New England USA

Written by: Samantha Kirton
Date: 29th August 2013

September 2013: Check any traveller’s bucket list and chances are it will include a trip to see the vibrant Fall foliage of autumn in New England. The destination experts at travel planning resource, Holiday In New England, have compiled their top tips to help visitors get the most out of the annual display.

“Timing is everything,” says Holiday In New England director, Charles Chalcraft. “It is impossible to predict the exact peak of Fall colours but the leaves turn in a north to south progression from mid-September to the end of October.”

Follow his top pointers for a fool proof Fall holiday:

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  • TAKE TO THE ROAD – The best option is to do a self-drive tour, staying in a number of different locations in inns or B&Bs, hotels or resorts. A typical tour starting in Boston should include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont or Western Massachusetts to combine stunning views of lakes, rivers, mountain valleys and covered bridges. Arguably, coastal views are not quite as splendid, owing to the absence of some of the upland trees. Connecticutand Rhode Island are most impressive from mi- October.
  • PLAN THE ROUTE – Research the trip and plan it around the many interesting things to see and do along the way. Include a scenic drive or two but getting from A to B will ensure exposure to the Fall colours.
  • TAKE IT EASY – Don’t be tempted to cram too much in. There is a big temptation to go everywhere and see everything. This is impossible in New England where speed limits are lower than the UK. On a 14 day trip anticipate six or seven stopovers, for a shorter trip choose three or four locations but spend longer in each plac.. Try to plan a route with no more than 150 to 175 miles between inns.
  • PRE-BOOK – It pays to book in advance. New England is at its busiest in the Fall and accommodation gets sold out. (The same applies to car hire.) There will be more availability mid-week but weekends can be difficult. Many accommodation providers have two night minimum stays. Be aware that Columbus Day holiday weekend starts on Friday 11th October 2013; many places require a three night minimum stay over holiday weekends.
  • THE FUN OF THE FAIR – The Fall in New England brings a multitude of local fairs which include antiques, seafood, music, arts and crafts, harvest festivals, quilt making and golf. These are well worth a visit, a chance to meet the friendly locals and join in the fun.
  • BAG A BARGAIN – Travelling around New England provides a great opportunity to do some outlet shopping. There are outlet shopping centres in each state and tax free shopping in New Hampshire.
  • SAVE BOSTON UNTIL LAST – Save a Boston city break until the end of the trip for a stress free half day exploring the city before checking in at Logan Airport. This way travellers can avoid a stressful long drive, unexpected road delays and the threat of late return car hire fees. There are some great properties in Cambridge; home of Harvard University and MIT, Cambridge is popular for its College Greens, excellent museums, Charles River and lovely tree lined side streets, ideal for eking out the most of any Fall vacation.

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