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Old 27th June 2020, 17:12   #46
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Default Upstate New York - Whiteface Mountain

Upstate New York (Adirondacks):

Adirondacks region in the Upstate New York is one of the favorite places for hiking in summer or leaf peeping in fall. We planned a drive to few interesting places in the Adirondacks for viewing the fall foliage. We usually visit high peaks wilderness region which usually displays the brightest colors. The colors change at this region almost as the same time as northern Maine.

Whiteface Mountain:

The first place we planned to visit in the Adirondacks is to the Whiteface mountain. This is the highest peak in the Adirondacks and there is an auto road to drive up to the summit. It provides sweeping 360 degree views of the Adirondacks region. This place receives snowfall pretty soon during the year and we were not sure if the summit was open. But fortunately it was open on the day we went. Later I heard that the summit was closed for the season just after a week we visited. We reached the summit at around 11 AM and the summit was clear of any fog. As expected, the temperature was freezing.

Majestic view of the Lake Placid from the Whiteface summit:
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View towards the North:
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Franklin Falls Pond can be seen from the summit to the North:
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Different views of the auto road which is NY state route 431:
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Fall foliage in whiteface ski resort on the eastern slope:
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Default Upstate New York - Lake Placid

Lake Placid:

After the chilling visit to Whiteface mountain, we took the slightly longer route through Bloomingdale and Saranac Lake to reach Lake Placid (through NY-3 and NY-86). Lake Placid is one of the most beautiful towns of Adirondacks. This town hosted the Winter Olympics twice in the past - 1932 and 1980. Our favorite activity in Lake Placid is t just take a stroll for the entire length of the town and then walk around the Mirror lake.

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Mirror Lake - True to its name, it's just a mirror. Checkout the reflections:
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Beautiful view of the Lake Placid town:
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Adirondack Community Church:
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Taking a stroll in the Lake Placid town:
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Default Upstate New York - Keene Valley

Keene Valley:

While returning from Lake Placid, we took NY-73 to join I-87 which passes through the beautiful Keene valley. There are few scenic places like Marcy Field, Cascade Lakes in Keene Valley.

Marcy Field is a small airport with a grass runway. There is a small picnic area here. I have seen few small propeller planes landing and taking off from here. We can see some breathtaking views of Mount mountain and Dix Mountain from here:
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Further along NY-73, there is a scenic area from where the backside of Mt Van Hoevenberg can be seen:
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We then joined I-87 and came back to home through Albany.

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Default Townshend, Vermont

Townshend, Vermont

Vermont is another state which displays beautiful foliage during fall. The rolling meadows and vistas that are found abundantly in this state makes it a perfect place to visit in any season. After completing leaf peeping in Maine and Upstate New York, it was time to visit Vermont. Our plan was to drive down to Burlington via the scenic VT-100. VT-100 is considered as one of the best route to drive during fall season. It is the longest state highway of Vermont which starts at Clarksburg at Massachusetts border and ends at Newport at northern Vermont. It passes through a lot of beautiful Vermont villages. I love this route so much that I have lost the count of number of times driven through the entire length of this route. We end up driving on this route and exploring interesting places around it on any weekend with no particular plans. Most part of this route is sparsely populated and I hardly see any vehicular traffic on it. We have driven in this route for 250 miles couple of time just to have ice cream at Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.

Our plan was to visit Townshend reservoir on VT-30 and then join VT-100 just before Jamaica. Townshend is a beautiful reservoir across the West River located near the Townshend town. This place is just 1.5 hours away from our home and is our favorite place for a quick swim or hike or picnic. We started quite early from our home and reached Townshend at around 9 AM. Since this place lies in the southern part of Vermont, the leaves were pretty much still green.

Our first stop was at the rest area on I-91 N near the town of Brattleboro. It is one of the most scenic rest area in New England. It's maintained so well that it doesn't feel like a rest area but a picnic area. Some local farmers sell tasty donuts at this rest area in the morning. It's a musty try. I always make a point to stop at this rest area even though we don't have any intention of taking rest:
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Townshend reservoir:
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Swimming is allowed in a portion of the reservoir in Summer. It's a great place to swim in solitude as I have hardly seen any people visiting this place:
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This small road leads to the Townshend State Forest:
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View of the other side of the dam overlooking the Townshend State Forest:
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Townshend Dam road:
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Beautiful view of the West River:
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Default VT-100, Vermont

VT-100, Vermont:

After spending some time at Townshend, we joined VT-100 and started driving towards North. My parents loved this route a lot. Every mile has a unique, beautiful scenery. As we traveled towards North, the fall colors were more brighter and dense.

Jewel Brook Reservoir overlooking the Okemo state forest on VT-100 between Weston and Ludlow:
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This was at Amherst Lake near the town of Plymouth on VT-100:
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We then took a small deviation to Killington ski resort near US-4 junction:
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We had lunch at Killington and then drove towards Chittenden reservoir which is off VT-100:
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Default Chittenden, Vermont

Chittenden, Vermont:

Chittenden is a small town hidden inside the Green Mountain National Forest. A few miles beyond this town lies the Chittenden reservoir and the Lefforts pond. There is a walking trail that starts from the backwaters of the reservoir and goes around the Lefforts pond. This place is so remote that I have rarely seen any visitors during our visits here. To reach this place, one has to take US-4 E from Killington and take a right at Meadow Lake drive at Mendon. This road takes you to Chittenden town. One has to cross the town and take the Chittenden Dam road. After a few miles, there is an unmarked dirt road towards right which leads you to the parking lot of Lefferts Pond.

Beautiful view of the backwaters of the Chittenden reservoir:
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View of the Lefferts pond from the walking trail. Killington ski resort too is visible from here:
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We then drove towards Burlington which is the largest city of Vermont. After roaming around the city, we reached the Lake Champlain Waterfront park to view the beautiful sunset:
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Mountains in the Adirondacks region in the Upstate New York are visible from here:
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Calm and peaceful Waterfront park:
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After witnessing the beautiful sunset at Lake Champlain, we drove back towards home on the beautiful I-89.
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Default White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire:

No other place in New England displays the fall colors like the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The White Mountains are a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine. They are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in New England. Visitors from all over the World visit here during the fall to see the beautiful fall colors.

We planned to visit White Mountains on a weekday as weekends can get quite crowded. I never visit White Mountains on a weekend during fall. Few famous spots gets so crowded that folks just park their vehicles haphazardly on the road leading to huge traffic jams. I had experienced this few years back and made a point to avoid weekends.

We first visited the scenic overlook of Mt Washington near the town of Fabyan. This overlook provides a sweeping view of Mt Washington Omni Resort with the backdrop of Mt Washington. Mt Washington is the highest peak in White Mountains as well as in New England.

Mt Washington Omni resort with Mt Washington in the background:
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The cog railway track which goes up the Mt Washington can be seen to the left:
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A scenic stop on NH-113 near the town of Jefferson looking towards North:
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We then drove up the Mt Washington Auto Road. This is considered as a very challenging drive by the locals but it's nothing for us who have driven in treacherous ghats in India. This mountain is known for the erratic weather and is considered as the place having the worst weather in the world. The weather can be so erratic that we carry winter clothes int eh boot even if we are visiting in Summer, just in case. It is very rare to get a clear view from here. Most of the times, the summit will be covered with a thick fog with high winds. The highest measured speed wind on Earth, 231 mph was recorded here in 1934.

View of the auto road from the summit:
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The cog railway track can be seen in this picture:
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All the mountains are painted red by fall colors. It is a treat to watch the fall colors from the summit:
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View of the base of the mountain from where the auto road starts:
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Beautiful fall colors on the auto road near the base:
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Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire:

After visiting Mt Washington, we drove to Pinkham Notch which is pretty close to the base of Mt Washington. This is located on NH-16. This is one of my favorite place to see the fall colors. This is a valley which is surrounded by mountains from all the sides. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

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Bear Notch, New Hampshire:

After visiting Pinkham Notch, we drove towards Bear Notch. Bear Notch is a road connecting US-302 near Bartlett and Kancamagus Highway. This scenic road provides breathtaking views of White Mountains. There are lots of scenic overlooks on this route. This road is closed in Winters.

Few colorful pics of fall foliage from various scenic overlooks of Bear Notch:
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Default Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire:

Kancamagus Highway is a scenic 35 miles stretch of NH-112 between the towns of Conway and Lincoln. This is considered as one of the best place to see the fall colors in the White Mountains. There are numerous scenic stops along this route.

Few pics from different parts of the Kancamagus Highway:
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Beaver Brook Overlook:
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Pemigewasset Overlook:
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Loon Mountain ski resort near the town of Lincoln:
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Default Tripoli Road, New Hampshire

Tripoli Road, New Hampshire:

Tripoli road is a 12 mile scenic unpaved road which connects Waterville valley with I-93. It passes through the beautiful dense forests of White mountains and gets closed in Winters. I usually take this route instead of the direct NH-49 which connects Waterville valley and I-93.

Few pics from the Tripoli Road. There are numerous hiking trails and campgrounds along this road:
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Waterville Valley, New Hampshire:

We reached Waterville Valley after driving through the Tripoli road. Waterville Valley is a resort town in White Mountains which is famous for the ski resort. We do a lot of biking at this place. It has great biking trails with all level of difficulties. We parked our car at the town center parking lot and took a stroll around the town enjoying the beautiful views.

The beautiful town center of the Waterville Valley:
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After spending some time at the Waterville Valley, we drove back towards home. My parents enjoyed the fall colors at New Hampshire a lot. As always, the White Mountains has the best fall colors on display. No other place can beat the colors of the White Mountains.

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Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine:

After witnessing the beautiful fall foliage for over a week throughout the New England, it was time for us to visit other places. Portland Head Lighthouse is a picturesque lighthouse located in Fort Williams park at Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is a 2 hour drive from our home and we decided to visit on a weekend.

The postcard perfect Portland Head Lighthouse in Gulf of Maine:
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The Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse seen at a distance on Ram Islands. General public is not allowed into that lighthouse:
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Annie C. Maguire ship wreck site next to the lighthouse. This happened on the eve of Christmas, 1886. Fortunately there were no casualties as the lighthouse keeper, his family and few volunteers helped everyone on board the ship to get onto the land:
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After taking a stroll around the Portland Head, we drove to the nearby Bug Light:
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The panoramic view of the Portland city as seen from the Bug Light park:
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A cruise ship that was docked at the harbor:
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New York City:

We had saved all the city tours for the end. One city in the list was New York City. I usually hate driving around in NYC and at the same time I wanted my parents to truly experience the city. Hence we drove until White Plains and parked the car at MTA station. From here we took the Metro-North train to the Grand Central Terminal. We then roamed around the entire NYC in subways. Subways are generally empty on weekends and is a great way to roam around the city without having to worry about parking and driving around in traffic.

We first crossed the Brooklyn bridge to access the Piers in the Brooklyn bridge park which has fantastic views of Manhattan:
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Our next visit was to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller center:
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We then roamed around the Times Square and Central Park:
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Next day morning, we visited the Statue of Liberty. We took the first ferry from New Jersey side. Since it was offseason and early in the morning, there were hardly any visitors in the island:
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Boston & Providence:

We reserved the visits to the nearest places to the end. We planned visits to Boston and Providence on last couple of weekends before my parents flew back to India. At Boston, we took the usual Freedom Trail from the Boston Commons to roam around the entire downtown. A walk on the Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city of Boston. We also planned couple of visits to MIT, Harvard and Boston harbor.

Boston Public Garden:
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Old State House:
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Boston Tea Party Museum:
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Boston Harborwalk:
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Courthouse Docks:
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Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge seen from the harbor:
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Providence Waterplace Park:
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Rhode Island State House:
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