Leaf Peeping the East Coast
It’s time to bundle up, grab your camera and extra memory cards, and strike out on a leaf peeping adventure before Old Man Winter blankets most of the East Coast with its first snowfall of the season.
There are a few weekends left before the holiday season arrives making now the perfect time to find your autumnal heaven.
Leaf peeping paradises of charming small towns painted in shades of red, orange and gold are waiting all over the East Coast for your viewing pleasure. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
Camden is a small town equally rich in history as its color-splashed islands during this time of year and gorgeous colors can be seen all around on the rolling hills of Penobscot Bay. The 800-foot summit of Mount Battie and Camden Hills State Park boast spectacular views that are enhanced by the MidCoast Maine foliage running all the way down to the harbor. For an even more breathtaking view, rise above the region for 360 degrees of stunning foliage hues from a chairlift at Camden Snow Bowl after you fill up at their special Sunday morning Pancake Breakfasts.
Woodstock represents the quintessential Vermont experience. This charming little town’s autumn leaves are so unique, there’s nothing else like them in New England. From exploring the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, browsing the Woodstock Farmer’s market or hitching a ride on the narrated horse-drawn wagon trips around the Billings’ fields during the height of fall foliage, Woodstock is a picture perfect place to take in the vibrant autumn shades.
North Conway, NH
Whatever color leaf peepers are looking for, chances are it can be found splashed across the more than 700,000 acres landscape of the White Mountains Region and North Conway. Travelers can hike the trails of the highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington, for a spectacular view of reds, oranges, rusts, yellows and even green leaves. For $3, Diana’s Baths is also a picture-perfect place to snap photos (because we know you need these in your Instagram gallery), commune with nature and enjoy a peaceful picnic while you’re surrounded by the cascading falls.
Lake Placid, NY
The Adirondack Region is famous for its fall colors and for having the longest fall foliage season in the country. Take a walk along the Olympic Trail’s scenic byway in Lake Placid that’s covered with red and silver maples, birch, aspen oaks and beech trees and prepare yourself for a striking show of color stretching out for 170 miles. Another way to embrace the color change of the season is to take the Fall Foliage Train tour on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Lake Placid to Sarnac Lake. You’ll travel through forests, over rivers and streams to see all the beautiful fall colors of the Adirondacks.
Now it’s over to you – where would you recommend traveling to see some top-notch leaf peeping?