Fall Foliage By The Numbers

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fall foliage is an art show put on by nature. It occurs when the green leaves of deciduous trees change colors as winter starts to approach. These colors include deep crimson, bold orange and dark yellow. Fall foliage is very popular among tourists and many people visit a city in the fall just to see this magnificent display in the making. There are a lot of numbers that can be associated with fall foliage which makes this phenomenon even more interesting.

Fall Foliage By The Numbers

  • 3 out of 10 people that come to Massachusetts in the fall are specifically visiting the area to see fall foliage. This is equal to thousands of people!

  • The 2 best months to see fall foliage are September and October.

  • There are 3 factors that greatly influence how vibrant the colors will be during a fall foliage season: cool air, water stress and photoperiod. Because of this, it’s hard to predict when exactly fall foliage will occur and when it will be at its peak.

  • 4 items are essential to having a good fall foliage trip. These include food, drinks, a camera of some type even if it’s just your camera phone and a bag to collect all of the leaves that you might find.

  • The majority of the United States sees fall foliage with the best viewing being in the following 8 states: Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin.

  • 3,165 is the number of feet that visitors hike up to the top of Mount Monadnock to see some of New Hampshire’s fall foliage.

  • $3 billion is the amount of money that tourists spend each year on activities related to fall foliage. This includes everything from hotel stays, to airfare or rental cars to even tours.

  • 950,000 is the amount of visitors that Vermont will see, with many of them visiting in the fall months.

  • Millions of leaves are shed after fall foliage has taken place.

  • Thousands of trash bags are used by individuals to collect the numerous leaves that are scattered about their yards when the leaves shed the trees after the fall.

  • $1250+ is the average amount a couple spends on a weekend trip to see fall foliage.

  • 100+ is the number of countries that fall foliage occurs in all throughout the world with popular places to see it besides America being Canada, Australia and J

 

 

Popular Fall Foliage Tours

Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

One of the most popular Fall Foliage Tours year after year is the Trafalgar “Autumn Colors" This 9 day tour hits the highlights of the dazzling fall colors around New England, featuring classics from Acadia National Park to North Conway and Woodstock. In 2017, this tour operates from September 10 - October 10 with just 16 departures, the most popular being in the first 2 weeks of October. Included sights are Woodstock, the top of Cadillac Mountain and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. Enjoy the scenic drives along the Kancamagus Highway and Mohawk Trail. Early payment savings with Trafalgar are offered in January to save 10%, by February 28 to save 7, 5% and by April 27 to save 5%.

Colors of New England is the very popular Collette Vacations Fall Foliage Tour operating in September and up to October 12.This tour starts and ends in Boston with stops in Woodstock, Stowe, Vermont, North Conway, New Hampshire with a one hour cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and Kennebunkport .

Classic Fall Foliage by Globus includes a Lobster bake in Bal Harbor, a carriage ride through Acadia National Park, a visit to Billings Farm and museum in Woodstock, a colonial style dinner at the Salern Cross Inn at Sturbridge Village, Mystic Seaport and a farewell dinner at the Breakers mansion in Newport. This tour also conveniently starts and ends in Boston with tour dates from September 23 - October 13.

The icing on the cake is Tauck's Hidden Gems of New England, an 8 day tour telling the stories of visionaries and ordinary people that shaped the places that define New England with filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. This tour visits Ken Burn's private studio in Walpole, New Hampshire, guided tours of the Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, guided visits to Billings Farm and museum, Minute Man National Historic Park, saint Gaudens National Historic Site, Marsh- Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and so much more. Tauck never offers options and their tours are chock-filled with sightseeing, the finest restaurants, the best hotels and the most interesting highlights. Tauck offers only 6 departure dates for this tour with 3 in late September and 3 within the first 2 weeks of October.

Best Time To Book A 2017 Fall Foliage Tour

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016

When researching a 2017 Fall Foliage Tour, the one thing to keep in mind is the small window of time you have to catch peak fall foliage. That being said, New England fall foliage normally begins in the north by early September and peaks by the first week of October... Therefore, the faster you begin planning the higher the probability of you confirming your space.

When Should I Begin Researching My 2017 Fall Foliage Tour?

If peak time is normally early October, then you should already be planning your 2017 Fall Foliage Tour eleven months in advance... You have a very small window of time to work with; therefore, you want to be able to have enough time to research all your options before booking your 2017 Fall Foliage Tour.

When Should I Already Be Booked On A 2017 Fall Foliage Tour?

This is the whole reason why you want to begin researching so early on so you could be booked on your 2017 Fall Foliage Tour early on. Being booked on a 2017 Fall Foliage Tour  between ten (10) and nine (9) months prior to departure means you will have the invaluable option of booking the least expensive flights to the east coast! Booking your 2017 Fall Foliage Tour ten months prior to departure as opposed to five months prior to departure means the difference between paying $500+ per person for flights you could have for $200 per person.

Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016

Where does the color come from in leaves, and why do they change in the fall?

It's amazing how complex the answer really is, so we are only covering the basics.

There are 3 pigments in leaves:

  • Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color. Chlorophyll does more than produce color, it catches the sun's ray and converts them to food (photosynthesis.) Chlorophyll dominates carotenoid which is why leaves have a green color.
  • Carotenoid gives leaves yellow, orange and brown colors. Carotenoid is also found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, bananas, squash and sweet potato.
  • Anthocyanins gives leaves leaves red, purple and magenta colors. Anthocyanins is also found in fruits and vegetables such as purple tomatoes, acai berries, cherries and strawberries. Not all trees produce anthocyanins, and those that do, it normally only occurs in the fall. It is found with trees that have a sugary sap, such as maple.

    When summer ends, the days get shorter, and the nights get longer and colder as well. During winter there is not enough water or light for photosynthesis, so trees live off of the food stored during the summer. Green chlorophyll production is minimal, so the green color fades and allows the carotenoid and anthocyanins to come through.

    What happens to the leaves once they have fallen? They break down and provide nutrients for the soil.

    As we have mentioned in previous blogs, every fall foliage season is different, with Mother Nature being very unpredictable. For example if there is an early frost, it can turn the leaves brown and cause them to fall early. A lot of rain can lower the brightness of the leave's colors.

Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015