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Autumn in New England
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The autumn in New England marks the transition from summer to winter in New England, United States. The autumn color of trees in New England has been said to be some of the most brilliant color in the United States. Travelers from many areas of the USA and even Europe flock to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and parts of Massachusetts to see the colors each fall. [1] [2] Hiking has become popular among the tourists, and several areas offer guided tours. [3]

The combination of the natural rugged landscape with the rural and small town villages has made several areas in New England iconic in terms of fall color photography. The numerous barns, church buildings, farmhouses, and villages combined with the bright oranges, reds, and yellows makes for iconic foliage photographs. [4]

Natural change

Across most of New England, by mid September the days are still warm, but the nights have become cool, and this is the process that begins the colorful change in trees that occur each fall. Trees sense the lowering of the solar angle and reduced hours of daylight, this starts the process of the chlorophyll breaking down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible. This change is most acute in sugar maple trees. This change in color starts in far Northern New England in northern Maine and the higher elevations of Vermont and New Hampshire in mid September, reaching central New England areas of southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire, and Massachusetts by early October. By mid October the color peak reaches northern Rhode Island and northern Connecticut.

As one reaches southern Connecticut southward toward into New Jersey and points south, the number of sugar maple trees declines as the climate changes to a more temperate zone and oaks become more dominant, thus there are less bright colors. [4] [5]

In popular culture

Autumn in New England has also become a popular theme in American popular culture, with many fictional stories being set in autumntime New England. [6]


  1. ^ "New England Fall Foliage". Discover New England. Archived from the original on 2014-09-22. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "When autumn leaves fall". CNN. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Walking & Hiking". Discover New England. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b Paul Wade and Kathy Arnol (16 September 2014). "New England in the Fall: Trip of a Lifetime". Telegraph. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  5. ^ Paul Wade and Kathy Arnold (4 October 2016). "Everything you need to know about visiting New England in the Fall". Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  6. ^ Andrea Greb (7 September 2014). "Fall in Love". Hellogiggles. Retrieved 16 September 2014.

External links

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