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Fall Foliage Peep Show

Those of us who live in Massachusetts tend to take the fall for granted – autumn leaves tend to be an annoyance that litter our lawns and require numerous weekend afternoons to clean up.

The cycle of warm summers turning into crisp falls with a kaleidoscope of changing leaves has become so ingrained and expected that we rarely take the time to stand back and enjoy the beauty of fall.

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Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury). Photo by Bethany Groff

But for many visitors to New England this fall, the question on everybody’s lips will be “Where should I go to best experience the majesty of fall’s changing colors?”

…okay, maybe not in so many words, but if you are visiting the North of Boston this fall, here are some tips and tidbits about leaf peeping.

YankeeFoliage.com gives a great map overview of the changing of the leaves in New England.  (http://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/).  As you can see by the map, the peak time to see the leaves change in coastal Massachusetts is in mid-October (a fact supported by the Farmer’s Almanac. http://www.farmersalmanac.com/blog/2008/09/22/best-days-for-leaf-peeping/)

So, you’ve planned your trip for October – now what? Where should you go for the best view of the changing leaves?

We recommend taking a trip up Route 133.  While on I-95, take exit 57 (Newburyport) to get on 133 and travel through scenic Newburyport, Rowley, Ipswich, and Essex, ending up out on the coast in Gloucester and Rockport.  It’s a trip worth taking for the best of both worlds of Massachusetts’ fall – sleepy towns with a myriad of changing leaves lining the roads leading to the cool, coastal vista.

(For a complete guide to Fall Foliage in MA, visit http://www.massvacation.com/explore/seasons/fall-foliage/)

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Essex, MA. Photo by Cliff Amero

Another great spot for watching the leaves is Weir Hill in North Andover, MA.  Recommended by the Trustees of the Reservation for its “panoramic views across a colorful carpet of Merrimack Valley woodlands,” (http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/explore-on-your-own/archive/leaf-peeping.html), you can see as far out as New Hampshire on a clear day.  And that’s a lot of leaves to see in one vista.

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Stevens Pond & Weir Hill. From townofnorthandover.com