Written by Celece Seegmiller for the St. George Spectrum, October 23, 2016
A few days ago, one of my friends from high school posted on Facebook about missing the fall colors and cool temperatures in October. She recently relocated from Northern Utah to St. George and is trying to acclimate to this new change of season. I, like many others who have moved here from cooler climates can relate to this issue. I recall my first Halloween in St. George and feeling so strange because I did not have to wear a coat trick or treating with my daughter. Even though I have lived in St. George for 26 years now, I still miss the fall colors. Every time a fall foliage tour brochure arrives in the office, I love to look at the pictures and read all about the wonderful experiences in New England. Nowhere is this fall foliage transformation more visually striking than in New England.
I recently found an article from the American Society of Travel Agents with great advice about traveling in New England during the fall:
The six states that comprise New England enjoy some of the most sensational fall colors, thanks to the dominance of only a few types of trees that all turn at the same time. Add to this seasonal explosion of colors the rolling hills, accessible mountains and reflecting lakes that make up New England’s geographical canvas, and you have a fleeting Grand Canyon of fall foliage, creating breathtaking vistas at every glance.
As a good travel agent will tell you, peak fall foliage in New England begins up north and works its way down, visiting each state like a loving aunt. For Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont peak fall foliage is the last week of September through the first week or two of October. While the three-day weekend around Columbus Day works best for peak fall foliage in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
You know Where. You know When. You’ll be surprised to discover How! While the traditional method of leaf peeping is to hop in your car and fight traffic, many exciting options exist that showcase New England’s fall foliage in ways you never considered. Beyond the traditional lies the unforgettable.
The problem with driving through the New England countryside is, well, the driving. It’s difficult to view the scenery with your eyes stuck on the flat-gray surface of the road. So let someone else do the driving for you on your fall foliage tour.
Fall foliage bus tours allow you to relax in comfort and take in the scenery with ease. Motorcoach excursions range from delightful afternoons to week-long expeditions through many New England states. The drivers know their way around, so expect only the most scenic routes through picturesque back roads, covered bridges and lake areas on your fall foliage vacation.
Yet the beauty of bus tours is getting off the bus. You’ll have many chances to stretch your legs, as you stroll around small villages or jump on a lobster cruise into the Atlantic. Tour operators plan dozens of activities along the way-with plenty of time to enjoy each one-including gourmet meals, museums capturing America’s early years, and even stops at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory or Robert Frost’s gravesite.
By land, sea or air, you’re in for a spectacular show. You won’t be alone, however, for fall is New England’s busiest tourism season. The good news is that there’s plenty of room for everyone, so planning ahead and selecting a tour beyond the traditional can be your ticket to ensuring a fabulous experience for you and your family.
I can practically taste the lobster, maple syrup, and fresh apple cider; feel the cool breeze; and see the majestic colors as I type. If you find yourself longing for the ultimate fall foliage experience, consider one of the many autumn tours in this picturesque corner of North America for your next vacation.
Travel Specials: Many tour companies are offering early booking discounts on fall foliage tours, including an escorted tour package departing from St. George September 25, 2017. Call for details.