An RV Autumn Vacation in Stowe Vermont

Visiting Stowe, Vermont this autumn will treat you to some incredible fall colors, from the brilliant gold and yellow colors of the poplars, birches and elms to the gorgeous red hues of the sugar maples, red oaks and sourwood trees. Driving an RV through the Vermont countryside enhances any fall trip as you will be traveling in comfort the entire way. Be sure to make this drive any time from the end of September to the middle of October to experience the best autumn foliage.

Church and Autumn Leaves - Stowe, VT

Church and Autumn Leaves – Stowe, VT

While in the area, a visit to Mt. Mansfield cannot be missed, as it is the highest point in the state and offers views of Chittenden County that won’t be believed. Hike the Long Trail to get to the upper reaches of this fabulous mountain. Of course, you can always drive to the summit. The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is the way to get there. The amazing views will take your breath away. See distant Lake Champlain and the lovely Adirondack Mountains. If the skies are clear and sunny, you will even catch a view into Quebec.

Hiking is always a plus to any trip to Vermont, particularly in the fall. Spectacular views, old-fashioned wood bridges, forest splendor with autumn colors – all this and more await you on the Stowe Recreation Path. You can walk, cycle, run or rollerblade this path for a little over five miles, beginning in Stowe Village.  There are numerous places to stop for a picnic and just let all your workaday woes fade away.

Fishermen love the upper section and the tributaries of the Lamoille River and find fishing on any of the nearby lakes offers a wide variety of catches. In Smuggler’s Notch State Park you can fish or hike to your heart’s content. The Green Mountains welcome you with open arms, the cliffs towering above you as you enjoy the blue skies and sunny autumn days.

Wine tastings are available at Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits, located in the beautiful Lamoille River Valley. Winery tours are a pleasant change from driving and you can sample a Cream Liqueur or a French Gourmet Cheese Plate.

Scenic driving is the best as you head out from Stowe Hollow on a 37.4-mile trip. Stop at Little River Dam for a snack and a short break from driving, and then carry on until you reach Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where you’ll have to get a cup of fresh cider. Want a treat? Make your way to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory to savor some samples.

Before you head home, east of Stowe you will find the Pinnacle Trail where hiking is wonderful. It is only a little over a mile and a moderate hike to the summit of Pinnacle. And at 2,740 feet above sea level the views are breathtaking. You can even take your dog along with you if he is on a leash. Once done with this hike, you are ready to head home with a lot of wonderful autumn memories.

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A Fall Foliage RV Adventure in Minnesota

Minnesota offers the traveler some special treats as far as fall foliage is concerned. What better way to see the brilliant autumn colors than to take an RV trip! In this way you can relax and drive comfortably through the countryside, taking in the sights. The red and orange leaves will just be starting to turn in September and they will peak between late September and early October in the central part of the state.

Mississippi River, Minnesota

Mississippi River, Minnesota

For a Central Minnesota fall foliage trip, there is nothing much better than taking the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Otter Tail County. This is 150 miles of pure pleasure. Follow the signs containing a happy otter. Delight in the maples, oaks and birch trees’ lovely hues and watch the lakes sparkle in the sunlight. Plenty of outdoor recreation is available along the way. Allow yourself enough time to take in all the wonders this Minnesota route will provide.

Start your adventure in lovely Fergus Falls. While in town, you will find many museums to visit, great concerts or plays at the town’s Center for the Arts and of course, great shopping. If you love hiking, you’ll have access to the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail where you can get out and become one with nature. Visit the nearby lakes and fish for a trophy catch.

Fall is the best time to stop at Maplewood State Park, because the trees are magnificent. A maple forest shows gorgeous colors in the autumn and it is something you won’t want to miss. Have a picnic on the shore of Lake Lida or hike into the woods and catch some glimpses of wildlife. Fishing is wonderful for walleye, bass and perch.

Pelicans are the big thing at Pelican Rapids.  This is an art scene and a real introduction to western Otter Tail County. Friendly folk will welcome you with open arms, and you will find plenty of outdoor fun all around. Easy access to over a thousand lakes is only one advantage to coming to Pelican Rapids. While here, a definite must-see is the Phelps Mill, a truly historic site.

The History Museum of East Otter Tail is in Perham and is a must to put on your itinerary. You’ll view historic photos, interpretive exhibits and see some early motion pictures. The stories are memorable. There is also a fascinating doll museum located in the Chamber of Commerce building.

You will now follow your route and drive past Rush and Otter Lakes and finally come to Glendalough State Park, a unique spot where you will see the fall’s changing grasses on a wet meadow. Take Beaver Pond Trail to see the best the park has to offer.

Continuing on your drive, when you come to Battle Lake you may want to stop and admire the artistic work of regional artists and grab a tea in one of the coffee and tea shops. Fall festivals are likely going on too, so don’t miss that. Then you will shortly be back in Fergus Falls and at the end of your trip. What a wonderful fall adventure this has been!

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Enjoying the Connecticut Fall Colors on an RV Trip

The beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves of fall are never better than in Connecticut. You can take an autumn RV trip to this state from the middle to late September to enjoy the brilliant displays, and you can remain until the beginning of November if you so desire, marveling at the fall foliage the entire time. In addition to the leaf peeping, you can also take part in many outdoor activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Two areas within Pachaug State Forest, near Voluntown, offer tremendous fall color viewing. These are the Green Falls Area and the Chapman Area. Two rivers run through the forest and you will discover why many tribes came to live in this area long ago. Fish, hike or mountain bike here. You will find nature trails to explore.

Mohawk State Forest is another spot where you can witness the changing colors and take in panoramic views. This is a wildlife sanctuary where you can hike and get to feel more one with nature. Two of the favorite trails here are the Mohawk Trail and the Mattatuck Trail. Looking out over the Catskills is an inspiring experience.

Thomaston, Litchfield, Connecticut in Autumn

Thomaston, Litchfield, Connecticut in Autumn

This is the perfect time of year to visit the Peoples State Forest, near Barkhamsted. The outdoor activities in this forest include hiking, bicycling and fishing. Stopping for a picnic is a treat, surrounded with blazing colors of autumn. Take the Henry Buck Trail into and through the woods and climb up to the overlook. The Turkey Vultures Ledges Trail is an easy hike and will take you less than a half a mile to a scenic view. Be sure not to miss the Nature Museum where you will see local historical artifacts and other geologic wonders from this region.

Camping time is almost over in Macedonia Brook State Park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this park to the utmost during this autumn season. There are overlooks which provide magnificent views to the Catskill Mountains and the Taconic Mountains. To really get a full taste of fall leaf views, hike the Blue Trail across Cobble Mountain and a few other peaks. Enjoy the bubbling brooks and streams as you go.

The observation tower in Shenipsit State Forest is the main attraction. The Shenipsit Trail will take you right to it. Gaze into the distant landscape while imagining you can fly. There is nothing more relaxing. If you have your mountain bike along on your RV vacation, you can find trails for mountain biking. You can also hike here and there are spots to have a picnic and plenty of fishing available. The Connecticut River Valley has never looked better than from this vantage point in Shenipsit State Forest.

Check out the Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park. The Farmington River Valley will be a blanket of color from autumn’s glory. Then there is the stone tower in Sleeping Giant State Park near Hamden, Connecticut. This tower provides a 360-degree view looking south to Long Island and also to the north past Hartford. An extensive trail system will fulfill your every desire for hiking through the forests.

For more fall colors, you may wish to make your way to Mt. Tom State Park. This is near Litchfield where, once again, a stone tower offers stunning views from the top of Mt. Tom. It is a mile hike to get there and well worth the effort. If it isn’t too chilly, you may wish to go boating, or even swimming. But perhaps fishing will satisfy the desire for water sports this time of year.

Grab your camera to take some photos while you visit Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut. The leaves are reflected in Pine Acres Pond and make viewing such an adventure. Stand on the wildlife-watching platform and take in the sights. There are fourteen miles of trails for hiking on this 2,000-acre property as well as the Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens to enjoy.

Last but not least is Dennis Hill State Park. From the summit of Dennis Hill you will be looking out over New Hampshire and the gorgeous Green Mountains of Vermont. At 1,627 feet above sea level, the air is fresh and clean, the views spectacular and the peace incredible.

Pick one or all of the destinations above for an amazing fall trip in an RV. There is nothing more relaxing and inspiring than a Connecticut road trip to marvel at nature’s beauty.

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Traveling to Montreal, Quebec for Incredible Fall Colors

When the leaves begin to change in Montreal, Quebec, you want to be there. Arriving in mid-September will bring you the start of this seasonal display, while early October brings you the peak of the colors. An awesome fall trip in an RV to Montreal will also take you up through New York State where you will catch some fall foliage as well. Interstate 87 will take you right where you want to go.

Nicolas Viel Park, Montreal QC

Nicolas Viel Park, Montreal QC

There are a number of places in this Canadian city where you can enjoy autumn’s brilliant hues. For instance, Mount Royal Cemetery is a rural garden with shrubs, fruit trees and some wildlife. A serene spot for reflection and solitude, these gardens are an inspiration, particularly with the autumn beauty to enjoy.

One place you won’t want to miss on your trip is the Montreal Botanical Garden with its greenhouses and gardens. The themed gardens are enough to amaze and thrill any visitor, but wait until you see the exhibition greenhouses. You will be surprised at how many tropical food plants there are when you tour the Tropical Food Plants Greenhouse. See what the private gardens were like in the Ming Dynasty when you walk through the Chinese Garden.

Visiting the Morgan Arboretum you’ll discover autumn leaf displays that will truly let you know that this is the season to come to Montreal. The many species of trees include maples, oaks, birches and many other varieties which will change color.  This forested reserve is the perfect place to walk and watch the wildlife, with thirty species of mammals and twenty species of amphibians and reptiles. Bird watchers can get their fill of bird watching too, since this is the home base of many birds who winter here as well as a stopover for those who fly south about now.

With more than 490 acres of trees, the Bois de l’Île Bizard Park presents a striking picture in the fall. The boardwalks take you over the marshes and you can enter the dense wooded areas with beech trees, sugar maples and cedars.  This park contains a wonderful beach called Pointe-aux-Carrières where it is fun to sit and watch the sun go down. While you are here, you will likely spot some beavers, Canada geese flying overhead and turtles sunning themselves on rocks.

Two more places to stop while in Montreal include the Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Floralies Gardens with all sorts of trees showing off their marvelous colors and Biodôme De Montréal – Space For Life for a change of pace. As you tour the Montreal Biodôme, you will find four very different ecosystems, each with its own species of plants and animals. Your guide will lead you through a rainforest, maple forest and underwater views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence as well as into the cold lands of the Sub-Antarctic Islands. This is more than you expected! A visit to Montreal always exceeds a person’s dreams!

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Check Out the Fall Colors in Colorado on an RV Trip

This autumn is a great time to drive through scenic Colorado and enjoy the colors of the trees changing. You can drive Colorado Highway 550 to see the brilliant colors, with the foliage peaking in late September and early October. This is one of the most beautiful drives through the Rockies and filled with so many opportunities for marvelous outdoor activities. And this route is ideal for an RV trip!

Highway 550 Silverton Colorado

Uncompahgre Gorge and Mount Abrams between Silverton, Colorado and Ouray, Colorado on Highway 550

Begin this autumn journey in Ridgeway, Colorado surrounded by mountain ranches and towering peaks. The Uncompaghre River offers many unique opportunities to see wildlife, particularly bald eagles that nest in the trees lining the banks.  This is a western town which holds a number of events throughout the year, so when you arrive you should check the town schedule. The time spent here allows you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while.

While in Ridgeway, be sure to visit the Ridgway Railroad Museum.  They are open until the colder and snowy winter months arrive, but until then you can tour the museum to see exhibits that commemorate the significance of the railroads in area history. There are historic artifacts, railroad equipment and photographs you will love to see.

Ghost towns are always a pleasure to visit, particularly in the Rocky Mountains. Some were small and some were large, but all give testimony to the past fortune-seekers, folks who risked their life to mine valuable gold and silver from these hills. Camp Bird Mine was one of the richest, Red Mountain Town was one of the largest and Ironton one of the most fascinating. Don’t miss any of the ghost towns you have the chance to see on this route.

Besides marveling at all the amazing colors on display, you will want to stop in Ouray, Colorado and take in the sights. This community is at the head of a valley and surrounded by tall snow-capped peaks. At 7,792 feet above sea level, the air is clean and fresh. In town you can walk the streets and see the old Victorian homes that have been restored. Outside of town, you can take to the jeep trails and hike or climb the surrounding cliffs. Capture some of the lovely waterfalls with a camera so you can take some tangible memories home.

Next stop – Silverton, Colorado and its historic sights! This was a mining town which has attracted people for many years to come enjoy the scenic vistas and outdoor recreation. The surrounding San Juan National Forest offers landscapes conducive to many activities. Fish the streams or hike the forests. Mountain biking is also a favorite activity for those up to it. From Silverton, you can take the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to get even better views of autumn foliage.

Durango is your last stop on this fall drive in an RV. More history and lots of outdoor fun awaits you here. Vallecito Lake is a wonderful place to sail and soak up the last of the summer sun. It will be difficult to say goodbye to the Rockies and head home, but this region is going to be here for a long time to come. You are always invited to return.

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A Fall Foliage RV Trip to New Hampshire

Driving to New Hampshire this time of year is one of the best times to go. The leaves start turning in mid-September and carry on displaying gorgeous colors through the end of October. Start your trip in an RV at North Conway, NH where you can enjoy all sorts of recreational activities along with fall foliage sights on all sides.

Berlin, NH in Autumn

Berlin, NH in Autumn

Twenty miles south on Highway 153, you’ll discover a great place for RV camping – the Danforth Bay Camping Resort in Freedom, New Hampshire. Many of their sites are lakeside and all of them are spacious. This RV campground has two outdoor pools and overlooks Danforth Bay. You can make it your home base and easily reach all the attractions surrounding.

Of course, you are also surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest and the natural beauty of this region. The forests are filled with old covered bridges which make it an inspiration to photographers everywhere. The scenery is truly breathtaking and you won’t want to miss a side trip to the tallest peak in the Eastern U.S. – Mt. Washington.

If you want an experience to remember while in North Conway, visit Diana’s Baths Waterfalls on West Side Road. It is an easy hike from parking to the waterfalls, and you can bring along your dog as well. If you look over toward the end of the falls you’ll see remains of a sawmill and further on you will be able to have a picnic at one of the picnic tables. Hiking is great here, and the trail gets rougher but you can continue to hike along the trail towards Moat Mountain. This is a wonderful way to get some time in the outdoors.

It might be too chilly for a swim this time of year, but it is not too far into the season to have a picnic by the lake in Echo Lake State Park. Hike the scenic trail around the lake and even to the top of Cathedral Ledge. The views here are marvelous! If there are rock climbers in your midst, they will enjoy climbing either Cathedral Ledge or White Horse Ledge.

Take your RV on an inspirational drive along the Kancamagus Scenic Highway for one of the best views of autumn foliage anywhere. Although it isn’t quite peak season yet, the leaves are turning and colors are still apparent. This is 34 miles of pure loveliness. More waterfalls to see too, like Sabbaday Falls and Lower Falls. Camping isn’t a problem here. There are a number of campgrounds along the way which take RVs.

Another great way to view the area’s colorful foliage is to take the Conway Scenic Railroad. An old-fashioned train ride is just the thing to really feel like you are stepping back in time and feeling the same joy the early settlers did as they moved through these landscapes.

Don’t’ neglect a visit to Crawford Notch State Park, north on Highway 302. Stop at the historic Willey House to learn the legend and some interesting history. All this will give you some extra treats before heading home. And remember, if you missed anything this trip, you can always return some other time.

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Experience Michigan Fall Colors in an RV Part 2

When you are finished with your RV excursion through the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, it’s time to head north to the Upper Peninsula where the colors will soon reach their peak. The reds and oranges will be peaking in the middle of the month, so plan your trip as early as possible.

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Your last stop was the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve and spending time here was a lot of fun, but it is time to move now before you miss the best fall colors that Michigan has to offer. Drive east to the middle of the state where you can catch Interstate 75 north to the Upper Peninsula.

St. Ignace, Michigan signals your entrance to the Upper Peninsula and the opportunity to enjoy marvelous fall colors. While here, make a trip to Castle Rock where you can climb up 200 feet for some incredible views. You also should visit the Straits State Park. This isn’t a huge park by any means, but you can hike, have a picnic, and if the weather isn’t too chilly, take a swim. Views of the Mackinac Bridge with the boats moving along the Straits are quite inspiring. You’ll find RV camping here too!

To continue on your journey, you will take Highway 123 through Sault Ste. Marie State Forest Area. This is where you will get to observe the changing colors as fall weaves its way across our continent. During the winter months there are ski trails throughout the region, but in summer and autumn you can ride off-road vehicles here to your heart’s content.

Moving on and stopping every so often to do a mini-photo shoot to capture the beauty of this land, you will come to the little town of Trout Lake. Use the lake for some of the best water activities you can imagine. Canoeing is fun but waterskiing is even better! Fish for… you guessed it – trout!

You will find RV camping here at Trout Lake offers many amenities that will make your stay a total pleasure. Sixty sites have electric hookups and there is a dump station too.

When ready to carry on with your RV adventure, keep following Highway 123, with Tahquamenon Bay to the east and you will eventually come to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This is another perfect location to enjoy some recreation. There are a number of hiking trails anywhere from one mile long to over seven miles in length. RV camping is available as well. Paddle the Tahquamenon River with lovely views of its waterfalls. One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi river is right here in the park – the Upper Falls. It falls almost fifty feet and is more than 200 feet across.

You can turn around now if you can bring yourself to go home. The combination of outdoor fun and fall foliage certainly has made this an awesome trip and it is hard to let it end. Come back again. It will be here next year too!

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Experience Michigan Fall Colors in an RV Part 1

Although the fall colors in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula peak anywhere from late September to late October, you have to travel the Lower Peninsula to reach the Upper Peninsula where the peak fall colors arrive mid-September. A trip up the western edge of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is worth taking this time of the year, however. You still may glimpse the turning of the trees, but you also get the chance to visit the lovely beaches and parks on your way.

Autumn leaves in Michigan

Autumn in Michigan

Start your fall trip in Grand Rapids. This city has been rated tops for recreation and fun for the whole family.  A favorite pastime is to take a chartered boating trip and do some salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. There is a children’s museum if you have kids with you, a beautiful sculpture park (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park) and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to explore. Everyone loves the John Ball Zoo for an afternoon of visiting with the animals.

But you want to get on your way up the coast along Lake Michigan. First stop will be Duck Lake State Park where you can hike or fish all day. All kinds of great adventures await you here. Traverse the terrain at the edge of the lake, climb the towering sand dune, or explore the hardwood forests. The Duck Lake Paved Trail is a half-mile hike worth taking. Five miles north you will come upon the White Lake area and you may find some great gifts when shopping in the fine gift shops.

Continuing your trip, you will reach Silver Lake State Park where the family will want to get out into nature, fit in some more hiking time and enjoy the lake in the autumn sun. The weather might even permit a dip in the lake, and there is a beach house where you can change. If you brought an off-road vehicle with you, there are trails to ride. Be sure to stay aware of the changing colors. This should be starting about mid-September.

Charles Mears State Park is the next stop. You can fish, hike, swim or have a picnic along the shore of Lake Michigan.  You will find RV camping here with electric service and a playground for the kids. Hike Old Baldy Interpretive Trail for one mile and see what sights there are to see.

Off to the east is Manistee National Forest and if time allows, you must venture into the forest and discover all the recreation opportunities. Wildlife viewing is one activity you will want to do while here. You can fish in any of the lakes, ponds or streams and hopefully make a trophy catch. Bird watching is the best in Manistee National Forest. There are more than 400 species of birds that make their home here. The Kirtlands warbler is an endangered species that lives in the forest and you can get a guided ranger tour so you can view these gorgeous birds.

Remember, you are actually headed north to the upper peninsula to catch the peak fall colors, but as you go, be sure to stop at Ludington State Park with some great RV camping, and the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve farther north so you can experience the coastal marshes.

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An RV Trip to Boulder Colorado for Beautiful Fall Foliage

Downtown Boulder Colorado

Downtown Boulder Colorado as seen from the foothills

Taking an RV trip to Boulder, Colorado is a wonderful experience, especially in the fall months. Of course, you have the aspen that turn vibrant shades and a wide variety of outdoor recreation to look forward to. You will find RV camping in Boulder is plentiful. There is a wide choice of campsites that will accommodate your RV with plenty of amenities.

Although the aspen spectacle of colors usually peaks in September, you never know when you will find a pocket of color. There are many other trees turning as well, and you will have plenty of views of marvelous autumn leaves. Bring a bike or your hiking gear, because you will want to get out into the forests to be right in among the beauty.

A popular place to go in the fall around Boulder is Flagstaff Mountain. There is a nature center at the summit, and you can hike there for amazing views. You are bound to see wildlife as well as panoramic views of fall foliage.

To get out into the forests, you will want to take some hiking trails. The East Portal Trailhead is always a favorite. Branching trails will take you just about anywhere you have the inclination to hike. The Switzerland Trail follows an old railroad grade. The full length is fourteen miles, so get ready for the long haul. Have an ATV with you? You can use it on this trail.

For more fall colors, be sure to get to Mesa Trail. The south end always shows the displays of the cottonwoods. Running along the Front Range foothills, this is a marvelous hike in the autumn. Eldorado Canyon Trail is another outstanding hike, although it can be somewhat steep as you start out. It is a 3.5-mile hike one way.

Within Boulder you will find there are a number of places to go, inside and out, for a great time. Sticking to the Boulder Creek Path will take you sixteen miles through town and up into Boulder Canyon. Boulder Falls offers the opportunity to witness a lovely waterfall just a few minutes west of town.

Want to get indoors and find some history of the area? The Boulder History Museum can give you a fine taste of the historic past of the Boulder region of Colorado. The significant collection of artifacts makes for an interesting visit. And then there is a contemporary art experience at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art on 13th Street in downtown Boulder. Something you shouldn’t pass up.

Fall is definitely a premiere time for an RV adventure. You can get away from it all, marvel at the colors this season brings and experience the outdoors as it should be experienced. In autumn you also avoid the summer crowds. But Boulder is a place of wonder, no matter the season. Be sure to come back again, next time in the summer, for warm weather fun.

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A Scenic Fall RV Vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Fall Foliage in Jackson NH

Fall Foliage along the Ellis River in Jackson, NH in the White Mountains

Take your RV for an incredible vacation in the White Mountains. The White Mountain National Forest is a truly special place for a getaway from spring through the fall. You’ll find hiking trails, historic sites and camping as well as gorgeous scenery with especially wonderful fall colors. This National Forest contains more than 1,200 miles of trails for the adventures of a lifetime.

First you travel up Interstate 93 to Highway 3 to North Woodstock, New Hampshire. This is where you will start your RV trip. This is a scenic drive that simply must hold the top place on your list of all scenic drives in the U.S. When in North Woodstock you will want to visit the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. Follow the Lost River through the gorge, walk the boardwalks and explore the caves.

When you get to Clark’s Trading Post you will want to stop and see the Bear Show, enjoy the entertainment and browse all the souvenirs available to take home with you. You can let the kids take a ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad and travel through a wonderful covered bridge.

To really experience some amazing scenery, stop at Flume Gorge at the base of Mount Liberty. From the Flume Visitor’s Center you can walk a two-mile loop, but be ready for a lot of uphill walking and stairs. You are in the absolutely amazing Franconia Notch State Park. Here the colors of autumn are simply beautiful, and you’ll definitely want to capture some on camera. Don’t forget your camera gear when embarking on your White Mountains fall RV excursion!

Also in Franconia Notch State Park you can see the Old Man of the Mountain Basin Waterfall, where rock formations and small waterfalls will please and inspire. Then on to Twin Mountain for more hiking, biking or wildlife viewing! You may catch a glimpse of a moose. You will find RV camping in Twin Mountain, such as the Ammonoosuc Campground, with a number of RV sites to accommodate you.

Take a little side trip and experience the thrill of riding on the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Heading up to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast is an exhilarating time. This railway is open through the beginning of December. You can look out on all the fabulous autumn colors surrounding. This is quite an experience.

Other places of interest on your scenic drive include Crawford House Artist’s Studio and Bretton Woods. Crawford House was built in 1880 and deserves your attention to this historic site. In Bretton Woods you can stay a while and get out into the wilderness surrounding for some autumn fun.

Take a walk on the wild side in Crawford Notch State Park, with over 5000 acres of wilderness landscapes, with trees of golden orange and red. Go fishing, take some short hikes, or simply enjoy the views. After some time spent here, go to Attitash Mountain in Bartlett. If you are brave, you can tackle the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster. You ride up the mountain calmly and come down the mountain on a thrilling ride with dips, curves and straight runs at the speed you control. This ride is open into December, so you have a chance to experience the thrills late into the season.

Another side trip you can take now is to Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, with a terrific 10-foot waterfall on the Swift River. Stop to admire the breathtaking beauty of this rocky gorge. Along the Kancamagus Highway you will find the Lower Falls, with a great picnic area where you can have your lunch.

Next move on to the Albany Covered Bridge spanning the Swift River. There are many covered bridges in White Mountains National Forest and this is one of the most beautiful. Although you have only seen a small part of these incredible White Mountains, you surely now have a concept of the true nature of this part of New Hampshire. There is more to see, so if you extend your vacation time, you can travel the byways of the park and marvel at more fall sights and have some more adventures.

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