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05/06/2015 08:28:59 PM · #1
So we just booked our trip for Canada and USA in sept/oct, we will be flying to NYC then up to Canada for few weeks, then driving around the east side of USA. We've spent a bit of time on the west side, but on my bucket list of things to do in USA is visit New England in the fall.
So my question is, which other towns, or cities would you recommend, we have about four weeks total in America, and who knows also if we could organise a GTG?
05/06/2015 10:43:56 PM · #2
There's always Cape Cod :-) It's very nice in October, the crowds are gone but the boats are still in the harbors etc.
05/06/2015 10:49:07 PM · #3
Now there's an invite...Cooking with Bear (sounds like a song or something) but I'll tell you it's memorable and yummy.

I have some good books to loan you if you'd like Anita..great information.
05/06/2015 10:53:36 PM · #4
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Now there's an invite...Cooking with Bear (sounds like a song or something) but I'll tell you it's memorable and yummy.

I have some good books to loan you if you'd like Anita..great information.


Are you going to post them to me :)
05/06/2015 10:54:29 PM · #5
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

There's always Cape Cod :-) It's very nice in October, the crowds are gone but the boats are still in the harbors etc.


Ok what time do you want me around for dinner :)

Is there a lot of fall foliage around your neck of the woods?
05/06/2015 11:07:17 PM · #6
What are your plans in Canada?
05/06/2015 11:45:31 PM · #7
Originally posted by Enlightened:

What are your plans in Canada?
. It's a secret :)
05/07/2015 01:18:12 AM · #8
Depending on how the fall colors are working this year relative to your drive through, the White Mountains in New Hampshire can be spectacular.Link to Yankee Foliage's White Mountain tour is here Their Foliage map is useless now but when the colors are breaking it is a nice resource for tracking where the leaves are at their best day by day.

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05/07/2015 01:48:03 AM · #9
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

Depending on how the fall colors are working this year relative to your drive through, the White Mountains in New Hampshire can be spectacular.Link to Yankee Foliage's White Mountain tour is here Their Foliage map is useless now but when the colors are breaking it is a nice resource for tracking where the leaves are at their best day by day.


So lovely thanks, exactly what I was looking for :)
05/07/2015 01:48:20 AM · #10
The fall colors are best and the crowds the least in Northern Michigan.
05/07/2015 07:42:32 AM · #11
If you are going to visit the east coast of the USA and then intend to visit Canada, you really ought to consider driving to Quebec City and perhaps Ottawa if you have time.

Both have stunning vistas and Quebec is ever so European in its old country look.

Ray
05/07/2015 08:21:38 AM · #12
Originally posted by RayEthier:

If you are going to visit the east coast of the USA and then intend to visit Canada, you really ought to consider driving to Quebec City and perhaps Ottawa if you have time.

Both have stunning vistas and Quebec is ever so European in its old country look.

Ray


We even have a Perth just outside of Ottawa!

The fall foliage in Gatineau Park is pretty spectacular as well.
05/07/2015 08:30:18 AM · #13
I am biased, because I was born there, but the innernets are telling me Vermont:
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05/07/2015 08:44:42 AM · #14
We are thinking of Ottawa if we have time as my nephew landed a job there recently as a chiropractor. Is Prince Edward Island worth going to?
05/07/2015 08:49:31 AM · #15
NYC to Canada is a long stretch, you may go from green foliage to no foliage on your travels. if you like busier town stay toward the coast if you prefer more nature head inland toward the finger lakes and Niagara.
05/07/2015 09:41:22 AM · #16
Southern vermont has outrageous foliage.

The southern coast of Maine, below Portland- Kennebunkport, York, the environs, has it all. Seascapes one way, turn around for foliage. You are also close to boston, cape cod etc.

Id be up for a gtg for sure.
05/07/2015 09:43:08 AM · #17
Originally posted by Neat:

Is Prince Edward Island worth going to?

PEI is beautiful, but it's a LONG way from the track you're describing. If you like desolate, rocky seascapes, PEI and all the Maritimes are wonderful.

Regarding the earlier question, we don't have a lot of trees on-Cape that change color brilliantly, mostly oaks that just turn dull brown, so it's not a great place for leaf-peeping. Anyway, our leaves change color later than Vermont, NH etc so it'd have to be late October for that.
05/07/2015 01:11:38 PM · #18
Originally posted by Mike:

NYC to Canada is a long stretch, you may go from green foliage to no foliage on your travels. if you like busier town stay toward the coast if you prefer more nature head inland toward the finger lakes and Niagara.


Can't say that I would agree with that. I have driven extensively in the USA and one of the nicest trips I took was from NYC to Quebec City.

The eastern seaboard had everything I wanted to see, such as great fishing ports, woods, mountains, sleepy villages and a host of other attractions. Best bang for the bucks was definitely the State of Maine and it was an easy crossing from there into the Province of Quebec.

I had friends from Australia go that route also and they had never before seen a moose, but they did get to see one in Maine. Oh, some other Aussie friends had never had the pleasure of encountering a skunk and well, let's simply say that they hope never to have that opportunity again.

Whatever the decision is, one really cannot go wrong with the eastern part of the USA or Quebec when visiting in the fall.

Ray
05/07/2015 01:16:30 PM · #19
come to Washington state, we have way more evergreens than fall colors but you can legally get stoned while you're here.....
05/07/2015 01:33:27 PM · #20
Originally posted by RayEthier:

... one really cannot go wrong with the eastern part of the USA or Quebec when visiting in the fall.

Ray

... unless you run over a skunk ... :-)
05/07/2015 02:58:36 PM · #21
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by RayEthier:

... one really cannot go wrong with the eastern part of the USA or Quebec when visiting in the fall.

Ray

... unless you run over a skunk ... :-)


Or go to Trenton, NJ
05/07/2015 09:34:02 PM · #22
Originally posted by Neat:

Is Prince Edward Island worth going to?


PIE is nice, but IMHO not remarkably different than any of the area around there. I think any of the small towns along the Maine/NB coast (Rockport,Queen Anne Etc.) would be better than the haul up to PIE. The real star in that area is the Bay of Fundy The tides are the best I have ever seen. Video We have stayed on Deer Isle and got to see the Old Sow whirlpool go at it was pretty amazing

but as Bear said, it is a long way from Foliage. Coming from the west coast to the east coast I was amazed at how all the fast roads tend to run north/south with nothing really connecting them east/west.
You can drive from Boston to Montreal in 5 hours. Boston to Saint John (Bay of Fundy, on the way to PEI) is a 6 hour drive. Saint John to Montreal is a 9 hour drive.

Given enough time it would be a great loop to drive but they are way far apart and the drive across the neck of New Brunswick is not very exciting.

IMHO you should pick a road (87, 91, or 95) and plan on that being your route north. Each has advantages and disadvantages but they all have some great stuff to see but you want to spend more time on your feet than in your car. One thing to know, lots of people take weekend trips during foliage season the crowds can pack the freeways making a 3 hour trip into a 6 hour headache. If you can do it, plan not to take long driving legs on Saturday and Sunday.

As far as where the best color is, it all depends on the year and when you are there. The coast is not as good as the inland, and mountains have the advantage of differing climatic zones at different elevations. But if you can time it right and get a Vermont valley in peak color...that's pretty nice.

Here is a 700 mile, one week Boston to Boston all foliage tour.
05/07/2015 09:52:30 PM · #23
Thanks Brennan that's very helpful. We are flying to Portland from NYC actually, then driving to Canada, bc the car rental companies won't let us drive out of Canada to USA but you can do it the other way around. I will keep these facts in mind.
05/07/2015 10:54:00 PM · #24
Not sure if one needs a VISA to travel from Australia to the USA so you might want to check that out.

I do believe that you might find information Here

I do know that when I visit Australia that I need a visa but am not certain if the same applies to Aussies coming to Canada. You might want to check that out also.

Ray
05/07/2015 11:13:46 PM · #25
Originally posted by RayEthier:

Not sure if one needs a VISA to travel from Australia to the USA so you might want to check that out.

I do believe that you might find information Here

I do know that when I visit Australia that I need a visa but am not certain if the same applies to Aussies coming to Canada. You might want to check that out also.

Ray
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This is our fourth visit to USA and second to Canada. You need a visa for USA but not Canada.
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