New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley is spectacular in any season, but fall is especially fantastic as an explosion of color leaves the region ablaze in rich reds, oranges and yellows. The foliage's shift from green to gold is brought on by crisper temperatures and shorter stretches of sunlight each day, causing the leaves to turn before falling to the ground where they'll be crunched underfoot or put into piles for playing.
Leaf-peepers flock to the White Mountains in the fall as the shores of the region's lapping lakes and the peaks of its many mountains provide perfect panoramas for taking in this natural wonder. The area's topography and types of trees only accentuates the colors, as brilliant yellow is born from birches and reds are revealed when sugar maples and mountain ash turn.
Enjoy the fall foliage in the Mount Washington Valley by taking a walk through the woods on the Appalachian Trail or one of mountains that make up the Presidential Range including Mt. Washington, Mt. Madison or Mt. Adams. Or cruise into the colors with a drive down a winding country road like the Kancamagus Highway or up the Mount Washington Auto Road. And however you view this vibrant season, make sure to bring your camera and make time to stop and savor the other splendors of fall in New Hampshire, like fresh apples and cider, pick-your-own pumpkins and fun-filled fairs and festivals.
The period of peak foliage is dependent on the weather, as Mother Nature controls this color shift. Typically, the mountains that surround the Top Notch Inn and the greater Gorham area will begin to brighten in mid-September and the colors will continue to intensify through October. The Visit New Hampshire website provides a foliage report with updates throughout the fall as to where the boldest colors can be found at http://foliage.visitnh.gov.ns1www.silvertech.net/index-flash.html.