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Old 10th July 2008, 07:16   #1
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Hello,

I am posting this here as many BHPians have been to US for one reason or other.
We are planning to go to see Fall colors. We want to go to any place which is about 5-6 hrs drive from New York City. Plan to go in mid October.
Duration max 3 days (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Can someone suggest a place where we can watch good fall colors?
Criteria
1. Not overly crowded with tourists
2. Affordable and decent accommodation
3. A bit of hiking would do..but not much
4. Will have Fall colors by mid Oct.
5. Not in lake George area, I have been there at least 2 times already.
6. If a lake is nearby, it would be great, as Fall colors look best when reflected in water. Its a pretty sight.

Hope to see some responses.
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Can't really suggest anything in particular - but if you feel like you could stop by in Rhode Island @ Lincoln Woods. Might be a nice place to take a walk / have a picnic etc. Try to avoid weekends as its obviously much more crowded.

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Heres a fall pic i took there in November.

Fall colors in NY/NH/VT/CT/NJ/Northeastern US-img_6624_edit.jpg

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Hello,

I am posting this here as many BHPians have been to US for one reason or other.
We are planning to go to see Fall colors. We want to go to any place which is about 5-6 hrs drive from New York City. Plan to go in mid October.
Duration max 3 days (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Can someone suggest a place where we can watch good fall colors?
Criteria
1. Not overly crowded with tourists
2. Affordable and decent accommodation
3. A bit of hiking would do..but not much
4. Will have Fall colors by mid Oct.
5. Not in lake George area, I have been there at least 2 times already.
6. If a lake is nearby, it would be great, as Fall colors look best when reflected in water. Its a pretty sight.

Hope to see some responses.
go in Ct several resorts and the casino, if you just wanna go drive take 87 up past albany or a couple of resorts in VT also, i'll look up the names of the places i've stayed at and update later
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Add ME to the list.

If you're going on a weekend, there'll be very few places where you won't find a crowd of people.

As you've already been to the Adirondacks there probably isn't much left for you to see in NY - as regards Fall Colors.

Try RI, as Rehaan mentioned.

VT (especially) and ME are well-known so don't expect them to be devoid of tourists, but they're really not bad (when it comes to traffic).

Another option: take one of the Amtrak Northeast Routes eg. Adirondack or the Vermonter.
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Since you are driving for 6 hrs, you can combine Lincoln Woods (RI) with some other popular area… In NH, The Kangamangus Highway is most scenic spot and the scenic drive for about 30 Miles is really worth. Normally, the Saturday of the peak fall color week would be crowded. Last year, I started at Friday night and stayed near Kangamangus Highway (Lincoln – $80 per night) and took the scenic drive in the morning. There was minimal traffic and by the time people from outstations reach here, you can finish this spot and proceed to White Mountains area, probably go to Mt. Washington - which is worth a visit.
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And Abhijit if you do go to RI, I know of a certain Indian living there who might be able to provide some help if you need any! He's not on the forum though!
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Freezing temperatures cause the spectacular colors. So, generally the further North you go the colder it gets and the greater the colors.

The road from Binghamton to Syracuse has some pretty rolling hills, small farms, woods, dairy farms, if you get off the main road and look around. North of Syracuse you have Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and the Adirondacks. You could use Syracuse as a base and drive around the area. The Finger Lakes just west of Syracuse are more built up and busier than I like. Or you could use Utica as a base and make a foray due north into the Adirondacks mountains. There are many lakes around Syracuse and Utica.

Niagra Falls is too far for a comfortable 3 day trip but you should see it from the Canadian side sometime in the future. It is awesome.
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Upper peninsula of Michigan, nearby lake superior has quite nice fall colors.
Can rent log cabins which are kinda cheap.

may take around 14 hours from NY
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Upper peninsula of Michigan, nearby lake superior has quite nice fall colors.
Can rent log cabins which are kinda cheap.

may take around 14 hours from NY
Way, way, way too far. It's more like 20 hours. I spent years and years there, believe me, I know. It is 1000k, over 600 miles, just to Detroit. And you are not close yet at that point. People do not "get it" until they spend some time there, the United States is a BIG country.
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I thought it was around 12 Hours To chicago.. and Chicago to Northern wisconsin is like 6 Hours. You can be on the upper tip by superior in another couple of hours.

But still it is far... Driving through canada.. might cut some distance though
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