Fall Color Finder: Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in the Northeast

Fall Color Finder: Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in the Northeast

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From mountain peaks to seaside ports, there are many cities and towns in the Northeast that are great places to see fall foliage.

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    Now a quiet resort town full of quaint shops and tranquil streets, Bethel is a popular destination all year round. Throughout Maine you'll see deep autumn colors such as orange, red and yellow hues.
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    Along the Connetquot River are about 50 miles of trails where trees and bushes will soon burst into the colors of autumn at Connetquot River State Park.
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    Sitting at the center of the Mad River Valley along scenic Route 100, Waitsfield provides visitors with a romantic vision of small-town America set against the backdrop of snowy mountain peaks.
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    Bethlehem is located among forests containing a wide variety of hardwood species. Each species provides its own burst of color to the vivid display. Take a scenic drive along Kancamagus Highway, a classic foliage route.
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    With nearly 100 peaks over 3,000 feet, the Catskills are true mountains. Just about everywhere you go in the sparsely populated four-county area -- especially the 287,500-acre Catskill Forest Preserve -- yields a collage of yellows, oranges and reds.
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    Leaf-peeping peaks on Long Island at the end of October through early November. With six trails through most of the 216 acres of the old Guggenheim estate, there is plenty of fall foliage to take in at Sands Point Preserve.
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    Named the "quintessential New England village," the town of Woodstock is chock full of charming Americana, including a covered bridge smack in the center of town and a village green surrounded by restored Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival homes.
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    The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a 52-acre space, is one big foliage hot-spot, with paved pathways, themed gardens, specialty plant pavilions and native species as well as varieties from all over the world.
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    The winding roads lined with trees in the Berkshires are one of the best places to appreciate fall colors. Peak season for leaf-peeping is about mid-October; trees growing near waterways tend to peak earlier.
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    An excellent place to experience fall foliage is along the well-maintained paths of the Massapequa Preserve, which includes part of the Bethpage Multi-Use Path. Its 2.5 miles of paved pathway is complemented by dirt trails.
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    Sparkling with shades of orange, gold and crimson, it's not surprising that Stowe calls itself "Fall's Color Capital."
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    With 1,600 acres of woods, meadows and freshwater areas, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is lush and varied. Maples, tulips, hickorys, sassafras and dogwoods are among the trees along the park's 27 miles of trails.
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