Weekly updates for the White Mountains, Lakes Region, Monadnock, Merrimack Valley, Seacoast, Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee and Great North Woods will occur every Wednesday throughout the New Hampshire fall foliage season, courtesy of The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. You can also call a toll free state line to receive updates: 1-800-258-3608. We feel that going through these New Hampshire state resources is definitely the best way to receive fall foliage updates, as it comes straight from the official source!
The New Hampshire fall foliage is a sight to behold. At times, the brilliant colors don’t even seem real. I know the colors are real, however, as the same thing happens again, year after year!
Many people make a beeline during the fall foliage season to the Kancamagus Highway, spanning 34.5 miles in the White Mountains from Lincoln to Conway. The mountain views, winding rivers, overlooks and the juxtaposition of brilliant colors against muted evergreens — en route to the 3,000 ft. peak of Mt. Kancamagus — make for an absolutely spectacular experience. Just know that you won’t be alone, as thousands of people have the same leaf peeping agenda in mind. To us, the traffic is worth it, though, for this one-of-a-kind fall foliage experience that is often regarded as one of the best in the country.
Keep in mind, however, the road less taken in New Hampshire (still pretty busy, though, during the fall season). For example, I love the drive from Meredith to Wolfeboro, from Route 25 to Route 109. Here, you’ll find some excellent foliage while passing through some very nice small Lakes Regions towns like Center Harbor and Moultonborough. Here, you not only can take in the beautiful foliage but also the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee. By the way, Meredith and Wolfeboro are major tourist towns but both have have held onto their lake town charms without growing too much. Again, check the VisitNH Foliage tracker for when the peak season hits in this area.
I also like taking Old Walpole Rd. from Court St. in Keene, about 12 miles into the quintessential New England town of Walpole. Stretch out and take in the scenic of the Walpole town common and don’t forget to visit LA Burdick Chocolate, downtown, for some yummy treats. Keene has one of the prettiest downtowns in New England with its tree-lined wide Main Street, a rotary town common, and plenty of stores and restaurants.
That’s just a fraction of the New Hampshire fall foliage season travel joy you can experience. I recommend logging onto the VisitNH fall page for ideas on what to see and do there. Happy travels!
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