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Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

Maryland
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Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

We are driving from Baltimore, MD to Providence, RI and Boston in the 2nd week of October to visit some friends. Can you please recommend any places/stops along the way between Baltimore to Providence that we should stop at to enjoy the fall foliage. We’d like to do an overnight stop and spend some time at a location, to make the most of the fall foliage as it’s going to be at its peak around that time.

We do not mind going a couple of hours out of the way, but cannot manage any more than that. Any recommendations or suggestions?

Thanks!!

Newport, RI
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1. Re: Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

So I would go up 91 to Springfield, well really Northampton but not sure if that's too far to u. It's a beautiful town to begin with but a great place to walk around with great restaurants. Plus the drive up 91 is great with foliage along the way. Then the same for the drive to providence along the mass pike.

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2. Re: Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

From 95, the Merritt Parkway is a common alt route to get around NYC, and has nice folliage. The Deep River, Hadlyme area of the Connecticut RIver is quite nice, taking the back route to RI via Middletown, CT for example. We have done this several times as an alt route to NYC. The Northeast corner of CT is called the Quiet Corner, scenic and off the beaten path. I can't say any of these areas are worth an overnight though. Better just spend your time in scenic RI, or go further afield as the previous poster suggested.

Stonington, CT and Westerly, RI area is very nice. The casinos are nearby, Nordic Lodge for all you can eat lobster, Mystic. All nearby.

Edited: 9:11 pm, September 27, 2017
Rhode Island
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3. Re: Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

I'd just like to add that you're very early for this part of New England. The only foliage will likely be found along rivers and the banks of ponds and lakes.

Ellicott City...
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4. Re: Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

Thanks all.

@lauryc- we plan to travel from Oct 12-15. Do you think that is too early for peak foliage? Our basic purpose if traveling is leaf peeping. If we don't get to see color, it won't be worth it. We are busy the weekend after that. I am afraid Oct 27 and 28 might be past peak or too chilly. Please let me know your thoughts on this.

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5. Re: Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

I believe Southern New England, CT, RI, South Coast peak is mid-Oct right around the 15th it starts, so you would just be slightly early, but Boston area, and interior more northerly locations should be great. By Halloween it is still good here, but on it's way out.

Rhode Island
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6. Re: Overnight stay enroute to Providence and Boston

Check out this foliage map. It also has suggested tours etc.

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