Vermont fall foliage tour


October 2002

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TRAVEL ITINERARY - VISITED AREA IN VERMONT

Suggested area for a fall foliage trip

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FALL FOLIAGE TOUR TRAVEL TIPS AND INFORMATION

The New England region, in the northeast of the United States, is known for a beautiful natural phenomenon that happens every year, usually in October, when the forests of various trees, turns to colours ranging from yellow to red, orange, and violet. The resulting landscape is so amazing, that it attracts tourists from all over the world, looking for a fall foliage trip.

WHAT IS A FALL FOLIAGE TOUR AND WHY IT IS SO INTERESTING?

For the eyes of many, the autumn might be one of the less interesting season for travel, but in reality some areas of the planet are at their greatest splendor precisely during this time of year. A phenomenon that in northern hemisphere occurs between October and November, actually leaving many people indifferent, represents instead a unique opportunity for fans of landscapes and nature, as well as for artists looking for inspiration, to admire entire forests changing their colours from green to infinite shades between yellow and violet. The demands from tourists for so-called "foliage tour" are constantly increasing from year to year, with itineraries designed to appreciate the colors of the trees and leaves in autumn, when this natural phenomenon is at its highest peak. Depending on where you live, there are probably many places not too far away from your home where you can admire the fall colors, however, there are regions on the planet where this phenomena is particularly intense, offering breathtaking landscapes which certainly worth a long trip. The state of Vermont, in northeastern USA, is certainly one of such regions.



WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR A FALL FOLIAGE TRIP?

If you are looking for information on where to find the best autumn colors, maybe to organize a trip there, first of all you have to know the trees that produce the most beautiful shades and then visit areas of the planet where these species are endemic or widespread. Among the trees that offer the best colors in the fall, we certainly find maple (Acer), American sweetgum (Liquidambar), beech (Fagus), ash (Fraxinus), Ginkgo biloba and Liriodendron, all trees having colors ranging from yellow to red, passing for all shades. So what are the best places in the world where these species are more widespread and where you can make beautiful foliage tours? At the top of the list there is certainly the north-eastern of the United States, with the New England region, and in particular the states of Vermont and Maine, followed by the north-eastern Canada, Japan (not excluding the gardens in larger cities), and central regions of China. This travel review is based on a tour to Vermont, a place that offers a relaxing holiday, far away from the chaos of the big cities, where you can rent a car and drive in complete freedom and safety, among fantastic countryside in beautiful autumn colours.

HOW TO GET TO VERMONT?

There are several possibilities to get to Vermont, and most travel solutions allow to add pre and post trip extensions to other places in the States or to Canada quite easily. If you prefer to get to Vermont by plane, Burlington airport is served by many daily flights from either New York City (1 hour flight time), Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago (just over 2 hours of flight time) and other minor hubs. In addition, Rutland airport is a small structure served by several daily flights onto Boston, generally operated with turboprop planes. If you can't find connecting flights to these airports, you might even consider to arrive or depart onto Albany (NY), as the most interesting places in Vermont are just two hours drive away from this city. If you have more time to spend for your holiday and like to drive, Vermont can be reached also with a 5 hours drive from New York or just over 3 hours drive from Boston or Montreal (Canada). Finally, it should be noted that Vermont can also be reached by train (Amtrak) or by bus from Boston, New York, Albany and Montreal.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR A FALL FOLIAGE TRIP IN VERMONT?

As the main purpose of a fall foliage trip is to enjoy beautiful autumn colours, it is important to plan your visit when the phenomena is at its highest peak. The foliage in Vermont occurs usually in early autumn and lasts for two or three weeks, with the exact date depending on geographical latitude, longitude, altitude and influenced also by rain quantity and temperature of the past weeks. It is therefore essential to plan the foliage tour very carefully, in order not to arrive too early when most of the trees are still green, or too late when the leaves have already fallen. It would be certainly better to avoid planning a foliage tour too many months in advance, so that you can check the actual conditions and adjust the tour date accordingly. However, to complicate matters, it is important to consider that in the places where the foliage is particularly spectacular, like in Vermont, the accommodations may sell-out very quickly and you may also wish to plan as soon as possible, even to get lowest air fares. After having said all the warnings, to give a rough idea of ​​when to go to see the best autumn colors, we can say that in south-central Vermont, the maximum color peak is reached around the first half of October, with small variations depending on exact altitude. In southern Vermont the foliage happens approximately one week later, while in northern Vermont, it may happen one or two weeks earlier (but still depending on exact altitude). In recent years, several websites providing fall foliage forecasts have started to appear, one of these is www.yankeefoliage.com, and it may help to better plan a foliage tour in North America.



HOW TO MOVE AROUND IN VERMONT? WHERE TO STAY?

For the type of trip, which requires much freedom of movement in order to explore the most remote corners, it is highly recommended to rent a car. If you arrive in Vermont by plane, you will have the opportunity to pick up the car at the airport (but do not forget to book the car well in advance if traveling in peak foliage season), then it will be not very difficult to find gorgeous autumnal landscapes all around. In Vermont you will find many of the typical US hotel chains, however, if you have a chance, it might be interesting to stay in a traditional lodge or maybe in a farm, where you can also taste excellent local food. An example of such kind of accommodation is the Mountain Meadows Lodge, not far from Rutland in Vermont.

HOW I CAN EXTEND MY TRIP TO VERMONT?

The state of Vermont is located within a quite short distance from the main tourist attractions of the Northeastern States and Canada, like New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Montreal and Quebec City. Therefore, if you have additional time and would like to extend your trip, this will be quite easy and October is also an excellent time of year to visit the other destinations too. For the more adventurous people, such time of the year would be really perfect for a polar bear safari tour in Manitoba (Canada) and this could be a really nice post-trip extension, maybe adding a stop in Chicago or Winnipeg.



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VERMONT TRAVELOGUE AND FALL FOLIAGE PHOTOS

Autumn leaf Self drive trip in Vermont from Killington to Montpellier <<-- GO
If you want to visit Vermont in freedom and enjoy the beautiful autumn colors, the best option is to rent a car and drive around. The route of this day runs along the main road 12, 12A and its various deviations, among forests for maples and other trees: a real feast for the eyes.
Fall foliage in Vermont Fall foliage trip in Vermont from Killington to Londonderry <<-- GO
The route in Vermont today runs between Killington and Londonderry, locations especially impressive during the fall and well known by fans of foliage tours. A short walk through the woods leads me to discover a beautiful waterfall where the trees with colored leaves are a beautiful setting.
Fallen leaf Autumn colors in Vermont from Manchester to Woodstock <<-- GO
Day trip by rented car in Vermont during the fall foliage, visiting the picturesque towns of Manchester, Woodstock and Pittsford. Hiking along the countryside roads among farms and pumpkin fields.
Chicago panorama Half day tour in Chicago while waiting for connecting flight <<-- GO
Chicago is home to a major US hubs, and if your flight to Vermont includes a stopover here, you may enjoy the city for a few hours while waiting for connecting flight, perhaps visiting the Sears Tower, one of the highest skyscrapers in North America.
Boston panorama Half day tour in Boston while waiting for connecting flight <<-- GO
Many tourists heading to Vermont will usually need a stopover in Boston and, if the time between connecting flights allows, it certainly worth to make a brief excursion in the city, perhaps visiting the Prudential Center or hiking among the oldest streets.

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