It’s finally fall in New England. Well, not technically, however anytime the air gets a little chilly and we start drinking anything pumpkin spice, we all start thinking about fall. In the past week, we’ve been asking our listeners about their favorite places to go leaf peeping. If you’re not from here, leaf peeping is simply going for a drive to look at the leaves on the trees changing color. Some people will spend their entire weekends driving around and looking at the gorgeous leaves which make for amazing Instagram pictures.
When is peak leaf peeping season? Typically, the leaves in New England start changing color early to mid September but it depends on the year’s weather. If you’re asking about PEAK leaf peeping season, that’s usually around mid October. Believe it or not, there are actually websites that track the best time to go leaf peeping. In New Hampshire, CLICK HERE. For Vermont CLICK HERE In Massachusetts CLICK HERE In Maine CLICK HERE
Now unfortunately, the drought that we’ve been going through here has put a slight damper on the timing of leaf peeping this year. According to AccuWeather’s Paul Pastelok, “When it’s dry, the tree will try to preserve itself and shut down leaf production earlier than normal. This is still happening, despite rain that just fell.” This means that leaf peeping will probably be its best earlier this year than normal. So, when you’re looking at this list, try to plan your trip in the month of September rather than October. We have included several destinations across New England based on the answers you’ve given us. So, without further delay, here are the best places to see fall foliage and to go leaf peeping in New England.