Tip Two: Use a fall foliage map to see when the leaves will be at peak. You obviously want to plan the trip for when the leaves are at peak! We visited Vermont and NH from October 15-20 and it was the PERFECT time to be there… the leaves were brilliant.
Tip Three: Figuring out the details. Once you have specific states and your dates planned, the next step is figuring out all of the small details. I knew of specific towns and hotels that I wanted to visit, so I added those to our list and then mapped out how long it would take each day to get to the next location. Looking at a map is really helpful so that you can physically see the route you’ll be taking. My mom and I stayed in a different hotel every night which was really fun, but was honestly pretty difficult (especially packing, unpacking and carrying our stuff to/from the car each day). Looking back, we wish that we had stayed two nights at each hotel.
Tip Four: Be Spontaneous! New England is so charming… we would be driving along a highway and then come across cute country stores, pumpkin patches and apple cider mills. Make sure there’s room in your schedule to explore. You may see a pretty road and want to drive down it for a photograph… or you may see a sign for apple cinnamon donuts and get a craving. The best part of being on a road trip is making spontaneous decisions to just explore.
Here are some of my recommendations for towns to visit in New England:
*Burlington, VT (lots of great restaurants and shopping, right on the water. Check out my Burlington Guide here)
*Stowe, VT (stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge)
*Manchester, VT (stay at Equinox Resort)
*Grafton, VT (stay at the Grafton Inn)
*Hanover, NH (stay at the Hanover Inn)
*New Paltz, NY (stay at Mohonk Mountain House)
If you have any additional questions, let me know in the comments! 🙂