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Old 02-20-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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New England in the Fall

Greetings all,

My wife Mimi & I are planning a trip to New England for a Fall colors tour. I have noted that JStelly and perhaps others have the same intention. (By the way, Thank You John, for a great thread on long distance travel.)

Our loose plan at this time is to leave California in mid September. Take two weeks to reach to reach the top of Maine traveling through Canada above the great lakes perhaps all the way to Nova Scotia.Then two weeks coming south through New England to Appalachia. And then two weeks to cross the country again via Texas and the southwest.

I have been told that campgrounds in New England are typically very full at that time and that we would be well advised to make reservations.

So with that in mind, would those of you who live or have visited New England in the Fall please offer your comments and suggestions. Actually, if you have suggestions about anywhere along our intended route, I would love to hear them.

All that aside, right now we have been busy making a few modifications as we anticipate a trip to Death Valley in three weeks.

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Old 02-20-2016, 07:52 PM   #2
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Greetings all,

My wife Mimi & I are planning a trip to New England for a Fall colors tour. I have noted that JStelly and perhaps others have the same intention. (By the way, Thank You John, for a great thread on long distance travel.)

Our loose plan at this time is to leave California in mid September. Take two weeks to reach to reach the top of Maine traveling through Canada above the great lakes perhaps all the way to Nova Scotia.Then two weeks coming south through New England to Appalachia. And then two weeks to cross the country again via Texas and the southwest.

I have been told that campgrounds in New England are typically very full at that time and that we would be well advised to make reservations.

So with that in mind, would those of you who live or have visited New England in the Fall please offer your comments and suggestions. Actually, if you have suggestions about anywhere along our intended route, I would love to hear them.

All that aside, right now we have been busy making a few modifications as we anticipate a trip to Death Valley in three weeks.

Allan
Much depends on what part of New England you are headed for. The NY Adirondacks, for example, closes many of its campgrounds (as well as motels) on Labor Day.

You might find the Foliage Network website helpful, both for its real time postings as well as the historic listings when planning your visits.

While a bit south, one of my favorite fall color locations is Ricketts Glen State Park in PA. I usually visit in mid to late October. Some of my photos here. They have 2 campgrounds, one of which is open year round. No hookups, but bathrooms with hot showers.
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The Adirondacks in upper New York ar quite colorful the first week in October....
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You will miss much of the foliage if you try to head all the way to Nefoundland before returning to NE. Best foleage is in Southern Maine, NH, and VT late September and early October. New England Peak Fall Foliage Forecast Map - Yankee Foliage - Your Source for New England Fall Foliage
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All that aside, right now we have been busy making a few modifications as we anticipate a trip to Death Valley in three weeks.
So....where do you stay while in Death Valley? My husband and I started to make plans couple of weeks ago, but there were no available sites. We are new to traveling off-season, and are still trying to figure out how far in advance we need to make reservations. We have no problem being off the grid, but even then, everything seems full. We could go in April when there is availability, but then it is starting to get a bit warm....

BTW: We love the plans you are making....we will be going that route in 2017.
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While I haven't been in Maine New Hampshire and Vermont in the fall I remember vacationing there a few years ago in the summer. I'm not trying to insult anyone here and I really like the area but remember the country is quite small compared to being out west. I drove across Vermont in such a short time, I was in New Hampshire before I knew it. We sat down that night and figured out our next few days whic amounted to crisis crossing all three states north to south and east to west. Then we went up into Canada at Fort Kent Maine. I'd advise reservations and a plan before you go.
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From my thread titled, "Trip to Death Valley." We entered from the east.

"...Best advice before final leg into Death Valley is top off the tank. On Belle Vista Avenue a few miles west of Pahrump it was $1.79. In mid-valley, gas at Furnace Creek Ranch was $3.41/gallon. I should mention every amenity at Furnace Creek Ranch is expensive. An unheated shower room is 5 bucks. By 4 PM the nice Furnace Creek Campground was already filled. Plenty of room for us across the street (at bare bones) Sunset Campground. $6/night with senior pass. Restrooms unheated, Spartan, clean."
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So....where do you stay while in Death Valley? My husband and I started to make plans couple of weeks ago, but there were no available sites. We are new to traveling off-season, and are still trying to figure out how far in advance we need to make reservations. We have no problem being off the grid, but even then, everything seems full. We could go in April when there is availability, but then it is starting to get a bit warm....

BTW: We love the plans you are making....we will be going that route in 2017.
You tried for the ritzy campground. Go across the street and up the hill to Texas Springs campground. Sunset is a big parking lot for those who want to run generators. Texas Springs is dry and no generators. We had no problem finding a place at exactly this time last year.
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You tried for the ritzy campground. Go across the street and up the hill to Texas Springs campground. Sunset is a big parking lot for those who want to run generators. Texas Springs is dry and no generators. We had no problem finding a place at exactly this time last year.
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While I haven't been in Maine New Hampshire and Vermont in the fall I remember vacationing there a few years ago in the summer. I'm not trying to insult anyone here and I really like the area but remember the country is quite small compared to being out west. I drove across Vermont in such a short time, I was in New Hampshire before I knew it. We sat down that night and figured out our next few days whic amounted to crisis crossing all three states north to south and east to west. Then we went up into Canada at Fort Kent Maine. I'd advise reservations and a plan before you go.
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I'd plan a lot longer for a trip across Vermont on a fall foliage weekend. It's the busy season and there are cars everywhere

I'd advise reservations as well. Many campgrounds close In October starting early in the month up north and staying open until mid month heading south. Once the foliage is gone, so is the camping. The state parks in Vermont close mid October. There are several private places in Burlington, some mid state near White water Junction, and a well reviewed KOA in Brattleboro.

Some stay open later, but not many. Recompence campground in Freeport Maine is open all year (right on the bay) but the utilities turn off mid October. You can't beat the view. I also recommend Lobster Bouy in Thomaston, little place right on the water. Perfect for an Escape. Not sure about their season.
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