Spectacular Foliage in the Sierras

Lake shore with fall color through trees

Estes Lake in Alfred, Naine

It is difficult as someone from the East Coast to imaging more beautiful fall colors than what we experience each year in New England, but this article, “Who Needs the East Coast? Fall Foliage in the Sierras Looks Positively Beautiful,”  has a gallery of some of the most spectacular leaf-peeping around California, with some great links for the best places to see durum foliage this season. According to the article the colors this year see, to be lasting longer, so grab your camera and get peeping!

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New England Foliage Post Storm

Golden foliage alongside roadway with split rail fenceIf you are wondering about the foliage after the recent nor’easter, these foliage pics  on the Telegram will put your concerns to rest. According to Boston.com, New England is experiencing peak foliage right now, and the article also mentions the results of a recent survey of New Ebglanders about their favorite leaf-peeping locations. Of course, at the top of the list is Vermont, Maine, and many locations near Boston.

There’s still time and plenty of New England fall foliage scenes to enjoy!

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Fall in Ohio

Roadwat with fall foliage on both sidesWith the fall foliage at near peak in many parts of the Northeast the Midwest foliage season is just getting started in Ohio. Peak foliage in Southern Ohio is early November, with color just starting to change in northern Ohio. Check out Fall in Ohio for great foliage road trips, foliage reports and upcoming events. How about the Fall Wine Express— a rail ride through beautiful foliage with wine and snacks being served. Meet me in Ohio!

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Fall Stargazing

Hay bales in field with fall foliage in background

Field near Kennebunk Observatory

It took a family member from Baltimore to remind us that we had a very unique opportunity in our community–the Kennebunk Observatory . After driving down a country lane at sunset, in a field with hay bales scattered about, and peak foliage in the distance, we were able to look at Jupiter, Saturn, and the spectacular craters on the moon. It added a whole new dimension to the fall foliage and leaf-peeping. If you’re in the area, they will open for small groups, or have regular star gazing opportunities. It is worth the visit!

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Leaf-peeping by Train

Train crossing bridge with fall colored trees in the background

Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

What better way to see the changing fall colors than by train?  For a list of some of the best national fall foliage train tours, check out https://www.countryliving.com/life/travel/g4742/fall-foliage-train-rides/ . For a sampling of of the autumn foliage leaf-peeping excursions in New England try https://www.tripsavvy.com/new-england-fall-foliage-train-tours-4176544.  Several years ago, we enjoyed the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire and found it to be a great family excursion. Enjoy!

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Maryland Leaf-Peeping

yellow leaves across a lawn

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

With the foliage starting to peak in the Northeast your sights may be on leaf-peeping further south to follow the fall colors. The Department of Natural Resources in Maryland is hosting a weekly Fall Foliage and Festival Report that is quite comprehensive including a foliage map for the state, weather and events coming up.

 

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Leaf-peeping Road Trips

Golden foliage over the trail at Wells ReserveDo you really need an excuse for a road trip? A little leaf-peeping adventure makes a great one, and this article in the Men’s Journal is a great place to start. Great fall foliage pics and the 10 Best Leaf-Peeping Drives cover different parts of the country so you will be sure to find something near you like this beautiful scene on the trail at Wells Reserve near Laudholm Farms in Wells, Maine.

Be sure to check out Leafpeeperscom on Instagram for more pics.

 

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Vermont Approaching Peak Peeping

dirt roadway with yellow maple

According to the Burlington Free Press, parts of Vermont are nearing peak this weekend, so if you’re traveling to Vermont this will be a great weekend, and if you’re considering Vermont as a destination, get moving! This recent article from the Burlington Free Press. had some great gallery photos and links to resources, foliage reports, and events. Looking for some great pics of Vermont foliage, check out Instagram #VermontFoliage.

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Leaf-peeping in the Midwest

firewood stacked beneath golden colored leaves

Getting ready for the wood-stove and leaf=peeping

If you’re in the Midwest or heading there for leaf=peeping you will find some spectacular leaf-peeping in the coming weeks in Missouri . Check out some of the great foliage pics from Kansas City, MO or head to Parkville, rated as one of the top 50 places in the country to see the fall foliage.

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Covered Bridge in Bridgton

Covered bridge with some fall colored foliage

Fall foliage is slowly starting in the southern part of Maine as you can see from this picture of the Bob Dunning Memorial Bridge taken October 6 in Pondicherry Park, Bridgton Maine. The covered bridge is a replica built as a memorial in the park and incorporates both old and new covered bridge construction.

On the drive to Bridgton yesterday along Rt 35, through Rt 107 we encountered 3 deer grazing in a field who decided to cross about the same time we passed–thankfully no one was hurt–deer or human, and later, a small flock of wild turkeys, to complete the fall outing.

I f  you are in Bridgton on Saturday, be sure to check out the Farer’s Market where you can get a great cup of coffee, homemade cookies, and raw cow milk from a local farm!

No color nearby? Check out Where to Watch Canada’s Leaves Change Coloyr for some great photos of peak spots in Canada.

Enjoy the leaf-peeping! Be sure to post a comment in the Foliage Forum if you find some great cider donuts or have a picture to share.

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