Fall Foliage White Mountains update from VisitWhiteMountains.com
CLASSIC FALL FOLIAGE SEASON PREDICTED FOR THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
Strawberry, lemon, butterscotch, tangerine, cognac — you may be thinking recipe ingredients but think, instead, of the feast for the eyes that is fall foliage in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
“We are seeing some leaves changing already,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association (WMAA). “This early color is a result of a few cold nights and shorter daylight hours affecting some of the trees. Typically, the very bright colors appear during the last week of September into the first two weeks October, and this year is following that pattern,” continued O’Connor. When the foliage will be at its finest, or “peak” in leaf-speak, is anyone’s guess but in general, it occurs near the Columbus Day holiday.
The WMAA is forecasting strong tourism numbers for the 2013 New Hampshire fall foliage season. This prediction is based partially on requests received at their North Woodstock Visitor Center from tourists seeking information about the region’s lodging, dining and sightseeing options. Other elements factoring into the optimistic outlook are bookings from motorcoach tour operators for local guides, inquiries to the WMAA website, www.VisitWhiteMountains.com, as well as calls from travel writers and tourism professionals asking for familiarization tours of the area.
“Our spectacular fall foliage draws thousands of visitors to our region from around the world and this year is looking very, very good,” commented O’Connor. “Our major attractions are open for business and have great entertainment for everyone.”
Train trips through colorful countryside are available on a daily basis from the Conway Scenic Railroad, the Cog Railway, the Hobo Railroad and the White Mountain Central Railroad which is located at Clark’s Trading Post.
Attractions shaped by the hand of nature, namely the Flume Gorge, Polar Caves Park and Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, are open seven days a week into mid-October.
A bird’s eye view of the brilliant leaves can be had from a variety of highflying mountainside transportation. Loon Mountain’s Gondola Skyride and the Aerial Tramway at Cannon Mountain are operating daily and the scenic chairlift ride at Attitash Mountain Resort and gondola trip at Wildcat Mountain run on weekends.
Kids of all ages can still enjoy Santa’s Village, Six Gun City and Story Land during weekends and adventurous motorists can take a trip to the Northeast’s highest peak on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, open every day.
Driving tours along New Hampshire’s many spectacular roadways afford “Leaf Peepers” endless opportunities to experience nature’s annual kaleidoscopic event and the WMAA offers free maps and route suggestions. Detailed schedules of all the White Mountains Attractions can be found at www.visitwhitemountains.com.
About the White Mountains Attractions Association
The White Mountains Attractions Association was founded in 1958 as a co-operative marketing association for the region. In 1983, it was also designated the State’s official Regional Association for the White Mountains of New Hampshire, able to assist the press and visitors with information about the region.
The Association counts among its membership the area’s attractions, including Attitash Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain, Clark’s Trading Post, Conway Scenic Railroad, Flume Gorge, Hobo Railroad, Loon Mountain, Lost River Gorge, Mount Washington Auto Road, Mount Washington Cog Railway, Polar Caves, Santa’s Village, Six Gun City, Story Land, Whale’s Tale Water Park and Wildcat Mountain.
Fall Foliage White Mountains