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THIS FALL, EXPERIENCE THE COLORS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE BY BOAT, TRAIN, ON FOOT OR EVEN INDOORS!
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The air is starting to feel cool and the leaves in some parts of New Hampshire are already showing a hint that fall is on its’ way. While we have had our fill of hot summer days, the approach of the fall foliage season now provides a reason to step outside and experience New Hampshire’s fall colors

(TRAVPR.COM) USA - August 13th, 2014Concord, NH – The air is starting to feel cool and the leaves in some parts of New Hampshire are already showing a hint that fall is on its’ way. While we have had our fill of hot summer days, the approach of the fall foliage season now provides a reason to step outside and experience New Hampshire’s fall colors. The Granite State offers many ways to experience the season off the beaten path whether through a hike, a drive, or a weekend stay. A foliage leaf peeking excursion can also be combined with a visit to one of the many state’s attractions. New Hampshire in the fall bursts with the colors of nature and adventurous activities to keep the entire family busy.

New Hampshire’s foliage season runs roughly from mid-September to mid-October, but this varies widely depending on weather, topography and geography. Just before the season begins, a sneak preview of fall can be found as swamp maples surrounding some ponds and lakes may turn a fiery red, and the deciduous trees of northern New Hampshire may have already begun their transformation.  Columbus Day Weekend is often the focal point of fall foliage excursions, but the White Mountains can present earlier colors.

There are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy for a day or weekend.

Here are a few tips for enjoying New Hampshire's fall colors:

By Boat:

TAKE A CRUISE FOR A COLORFUL VIEW

One special place to enjoy the foliage show is Lake Winnipesaukee. It's hard to see foliage while you're driving, so why not take a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington and let the captains do the driving (and save the gas). The big lake has amazing color and the juxtaposition of the water and sky can be breathtaking. Sundays in September and October they offer Fall Sunset & Foliage Dinner Cruises from Weirs Beach from 5–7:00 p.m..  For more information visit www.cruisenh.com or call (603)-366-5531.

By Train:

TAKE THE TRAIN THROUGH THE TREES OR A LIFT OVER THE MOUNTAINS

Climb aboard one of the region's three sightseeing trains for unique views of foliage: Hobo Scenic Railroad in Lincoln; the Conway Scenic Railroad in Conway, and the Cog Railway that chugs up Mount Washington from its base in Bretton Woods.

For a different aerial view, take the sky ride to get a bird's eye view of fall foliage. Ski mountains in the area offer trips on their chair lifts and gondolas to the tops of their mountains, where the views can be simply spectacular.  Consider the Loon Mountain Gondola in Lincoln; the Wildcat Mountain Gondola in Jackson, and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia.

For more information visit www.visitwhitemountains.com or call 603-745-8720.

Indoors:

FALL INTO REALITY

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester provides a reason to step inside to  experience the intricate geometric designs with one of their featured exhibits– M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion launching on September 20th, 2014.This captivating display illustrates artwork that can only exist on paper and in the imagination. Travel through stairways constructed upside-down, witness water running uphill, and appreciate the mathematical precision utilized for each individual object. This exclusive New England showing containing his best works of art which will question the potential reality and illusion of each piece is only offered for a limited time. For more information visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144.

In a Valley:

SURROUNDED BY FOREST AT WATERVILLE VALLEY RESORT

Waterville Valley is a full-featured resort area, which just happens to be surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes in northern New England.  The adjacent White Mountain National Forest features America’s oldest network of hiking trails leading to spectacular views in all directions.

After working up a big appetite with the fall hikes, Waterville Valley offers their 15th Annual Chili Challenge & Brews Event September 27th. For this annual favorite, area restaurants compete in Town Square for the title of best chili. Attendees can sample all of the contestants chili, $7.50/adults and $5/children (12 & under) as well as taste hot sauces from New Hampshire-based Jehu Host Sauce. A free live concert will play during the chili tasting from noon to 3 p.m.

 

To complement the brilliant fall foliage, Waterville Valley’s Town Square is hosting a Fall Foliage Celebration October 11 - 13, 2014. The weekend will feature a variety of family activities including free outdoor concerts, children’s games, pumpkin painting. On Sunday, there will also be a 5K run/walk hosted by the Waterville Recreation Department, a beer garden with fall brew samples, a corn hole tournament, and a stein holding competition. Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy this festival.

 

For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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