White Mountains Foliage Drive 9/17/19

It’s that time of year again- the White Mountains begins its transition from one season to the next. The mornings get cooler, the days get shorter, the air gets crisper, and the leaves prepare for their annual show. One of the (many) nice things about the White Mountains is the fact that regardless of the weather, there is always a scenic drive waiting for you. You may be familiar with some of the more popular ones like the Kancamagus Highway or Franconia Notch. This time of year, we like to get out of the office to explore the region first-hand. Then, we report our findings to you and you can get foliage updates from the White Mountains in real-time. Join us every week for our suggested drives and leaf-peeping tracker.

This week, we ventured out heading northbound along Route 3. Our travels took us into Twin Mountain and then eastbound towards Bretton Woods. Early in the foliage season, you will notice vibrant shades of red that can often fade as the season progresses. We enjoy this period of the transition.

Many of the trees are still dawning cloaks of green, but the bright shades of green are fading and several rogue trees are ahead of the curve. Some pockets are much further ahead than expected. You can find hues of yellow, orange, and the aforementioned red.

Some highlights along this journey:

The Hugh J. Gallen scenic overlook bridge just north of Franconia Notch State Park is a great stop for photos. The have the slop of Lafayette right next to you which is already speckled with yellow. If you look out over the interstate, you can see the valley spanning northward. This area is changing quickly. You will notice several pockets of bright color and the viewfinders are available should you want to look even further north towards the towns of Littleton and Bethlehem.

Bretton Woods is an area that can often turn early and this year is no exception. It was clouded over by the time we got here so our photos don’t do the foliage justice. To observe the color from a different vantage point, consider taking a trip up the Mount Washington Cog Railway or visiting Bretton Woods.

If time allows, travel further east to view the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort. One of the original grand hotels of the White Mountains, the hotel offers a lot of rich history and stories. There is a great spot to stop across the street from the resort entrance. On a clear day, you can see the summit of Mt. Washington towering above the property.

Remember, stop back weekly for a new scenic drive suggestion and to see our updated foliage tracker. In the area and looking for information or maps and guides? Stop in to see us at Exit 32 in North Woodstock.