In New England, it's a peak year for foliage

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There's an upside to what was a drearily wet summer in much of the Northeast: Thanks to all the rain, this autumn is shaping up as a particularly spectacular season for foliage.

The Boston Globe, among other publications, reports on the cause-and-effect phenomena that is already producing crisp, clear days and plenty of brilliant crimson and gold leaves in the northernmost parts of New England. Travelers have gotten wind of the show going on: A Maine foliage hotline reports that it has received three times the usual number of calls from curious tourists.

Mother Nature's show is well underway, so you'd better start planning right now if you're hoping to catch a glimpse. Some helpful resources for putting together a fun itinerary and figuring out where to locate the peak of peak season:

The Foliage Network


Roadside America

Road Trip America Fuel Calculator

The Weather Channel's maps and photos of fall foliage

And some more coverage of foliage season and New England from BT print and online:

"Leaf-peeping in Vermont: An expert's guide"

"New England, Old Haunts"

"Mass Appeal"

"Planning to visit Maine? Read these tips from a top guidebook author"

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