Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | September 23, 2010

Fantastic Fall Foliage

Ever wanted to take in the wonder of Mother Nature in the Fall? Below are some of the best locations to view Fall foliage:

Moosehead Lake Region, ME

The Route: 75.2 miles.

Foliage Update: http://www.maine.gov/doc/foliage

Visit  Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead. Begin at The Forks, Maine’s white-water-rafting hub, then head to Jackman, in the North Woods. The Attean Overlook offers an extraordinary view of the Moose River Valley all the way to the Canadian border. Head to Rockwood on the shores of Moosehead Lake and spend the night in Greenville. In the morning, drive beneath tree canopies on unpaved logging roads.

Where to Stop: Stay overnight at the Blair Hill Inn where you can book a moose safari, go white-water rafting or hike to Moxie Falls, and take a scenic floatplane tour for a bird’s-eye view of Moosehead Lake.

The Green Mountain and Mad River Byways, VT

The Route: 23.9 miles.

Foliage Update: http://www.foliage-vermont.com

Vermont is well known by serious leaf viewers in the Eastern United States. Drive on one-lane highways winding  through valleys and mountains painted glorious shades with yellow alder leaves, purplish-red pin cheery, and brilliant orange and red maple trees. Start your journey in Waitsfield where the Mad River runs, continue through Waterbury, and end in Stowe to see Vermont’s highest colorful peak, Mount Mansfield.

Where to Stop: Stop in at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill for a tour and cider tasting; dine at Michael’s on the Hill with panoramic views of Green Mountain; and shop for local products at Cabot Annex, home of eight specialty shops including Cabot Cheese, Danforth Pewter, and Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Lake Placid, NY

The Route: 45 miles.

Foliage Update: http://www.iloveny.com

The Adirondacks, the largest natural wilderness region in the Eastern United States, offers an amazing array of autumnal colors in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, designated “forever wild.” Start in Lake Placid and go northeast on Route 86 along the high cliffs of the Au Sable River where you can see the sugar maples, American beech, and yellow birch trees’ color display. Pass Jay and Keene, continue up the mountain along Cascades Lake, then head back into Lake Placid.

Where to Stop: Make sure to visit Lake Placid’s Flaming Leaf Festival, October 9th; stay overnight at the Lake Placid Lodge; take the Whiteface Mountain gondola ride; and go to Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington.

The Driftless Region, WI

The Route: 158 miles.

Foliage Update: http://tourism.state.wi.us/fallcolor_report.aspx

Wisconsin offers some of the best Midwest foliage driving routes, including The Driftless Region, a loop starting and ending at Mineral Point. Head north on Highway 23 to Baraboo, where sumac and maple trees streak the hillsides, and twisted oak and wild hickory blaze orange and yellow along the river valleys.

Where to Stop: Visit the historic Pendarvis miners’ homes in Mineral Point, Cave of the Mounds at Blue Mounds, and Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Spring Green. Sample artisan Black Sheep Truffle and Goat Cheddar at Carr Valley Cheese in Prairie du Sac; ride the free Colsac III ferry across the Wisconsin River.

Information from Travel and Leisure.

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