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20 Tips: Dos and Don'ts for Leaf Peepers

15. DON’T be a color snob and ignore everything except bright reds. Trees exhibit an astonishing range of colors. Foliage season means subtle shadings of peach and corals and apricot, the subtle yellows of beech and birch, the soft browns and purples. DON’T let rain keep you indoors. Wet weather brings out the most vivid colors.

16. DO go beyond where most people go. Vermonters have a saying: When good people die, they go to Vermont. When good Vermonters die, they go to the Northeast Kingdom — but relatively few tourists do.

17. DO visit northern Maine for wondrous color with few crowded roads. But DON’T ever think you have the right-of-way when approaching a logging truck on the narrow roads.

18. DO let New Englanders help you find the prime local foliage spots. Best bet for advice: district forest rangers. Many of them are “leaf spotters,” asked by the state to report daily and weekly on foliage conditions in their area. Their pride in their home vistas spills over if you stop in at their headquarters and ask where they would go.

19. DO include valleys and the seacoast in your travels. Though most people head to the mountains, in fact the lowland areas boast the brightest and earliest colors. Look for the swamp maples surrounding the marshes.

20. DO visit often to see color changes on the interactive map of New England, to find driving tours, to submit your digital photos to our foliage photo contest, and lots more!

ONE MORE: View the Foliage Peak Map before planning your trip.

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