Mid October is a special treat for I-95 travelers in the Northeast. That’s when fall foliage colors are at their peak all along the I-95 corridor… From Northern Virginia to Maine. This three-part series showcases fall foliage road-trips along I-95 state-by state. Let’s check out New Hampshire and Maine…
While fall foliage in nearly all of Vermont is past peak viewing, central and southern New Hampshire and all but the northernmost regions of Maine are at peak conditions.
In New Hampshire, you’ll find excellent color along I-93 from Salem, northward thru Londonderry, Manchester, Concord, to Laconia. There are also excellent conditions along I-89 from Concord northward thru New London to Lebanon. New Hampshire’s portion of I-95 is short (only 16 miles) and runs along the extreme southern portion of the state, but if you jump off any of its exits and wander a few miles east or west you’ll discover what fall in New England is all about… small towns with quintessential picturesque streets and white steepled churches every few miles.
Try this loop… From Concord, take I-89 north thru New London to Enfield. Leave I-89 at exit 17 and take US Route 4 east thru Canaan to Danbury. From Danbury take NH Route 104 east thru Bristol and onto New Hampton where you jump on I-93 south thru Tilton and on to Concord. You’ll find a little bit of everything along this route, panoramas, small towns, rural highways and plenty of stops along the way.
The entire length of I-95 in Maine passes thru peak fall foliage colors in Mid October. End to end… over 300 miles of color from Kittery to Houlton. Like New Hampshire, jump off just about any I-95 exit and you’ll find small towns worthy of all the storage space your camera memory has available.
Begin you trip with a little outlet shopping in Kittery, home to several large outlet malls. Travel north on I-95 thruKennebunk, Biddeford and Scarborough to Portland, or take US Route 1 which runs parallel to I-95. It’s a little slower and thru small coastal towns, but there’s plenty to see and do along the way.
What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-95, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.
Check out this handy fall foliage map to find peak colors in your area.
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