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October scenery, general driving & attraction questions

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October scenery, general driving & attraction questions

We are planning a trip to Niagara Falls the first week of October and now we are considering a small New England tour too. If we drive from Niagara Falls to Burlington...then on to Waterbury....then to The Cog in Britton Woods... Will this area be scenic and interesting before the fall foliage starts?? Are road conditions generally good this time of year? Any tips or suggestions? We are not familiar with this area.

Also, as for “attractions/stops” ... We will loop around to make sure we take a ferry into Vermont, go to the Ben & Jerry Factory, take The Cog, and possibly stop by the Fryeburg, ME fair that week. Any suggestions for other must-sees, attractions, or pit stops to consider?

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1. Re: October scenery, general driving & attraction questions

google a fall foliage map to get an idea of when foliage peaks. it is early October that far north. You should make lodging reservations asap

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2. Re: October scenery, general driving & attraction questions

October is very unlikely to be "before the fall foliage starts".

They leave the mountains and lakes out all year. I think the area is very scenic sans foliage.

As for interesting.....depends what you're expecting. Burlington is a small city and you're talking rural territory for the most part. Interesting to some, not to others.

Stranger things have happened but it's safe to assume road conditions will be fine in October.

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✔️Lodging booked throughout Vermont and New Hampshire yesterday although with a sting when we hit the weekend in North Conway, NH.

✔️Reviewing pictures from The Cog site here on Trip Advisor, it looked as though the rusty colors did not hit until after mid October but we shall hope for a nice mix.

✔️On the road trip forum there is a detailed trip report for this area stating they hit three inches of snow the first week of October. On the Niagara Falls board it was noted “It’s not unusual to wake-up to snow on an October morning” hence I was attempting to get an idea of average weather.

✔️Thanks for most of the responses, I suppose? We were in The Baltics on a group tour last year and encountered the same type of interesting yet offputting remarks from the two Vermont men on our trip...on a 12-day Eastern European vacation yet they were never happy.

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4. Re: October scenery, general driving & attraction questions

First week of Oct you should see some good foliage. Glad you have your lodging booked! What town will you be in?

Don't get your hopes up about Ben & Jerry's. Its really not all that exciting. Head on up to Stowe and bike/take a walk on the rec path. If it's a nice day drive to the top of Mt. Mansfield. The gondola ride at Stowe Mountain Resort is nice too. Drive through Smuggler's Notch. Visit Bingham Falls and /or Moss Glen Falls. You can stop at the Cabot Annex on Route 100 between Stowe & Waterbury and try some cheeses. OR...you could go to the actually factory in Cabot where they have tours and a visitor's center/store (yes..with samples!).

Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: October scenery, general driving & attraction questions

Thanks vtr ~ I will look into your recommendations!

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