Autumn colours across the pond are a huge tourist draw.

If taking a stroll around the park and waxing lyrical about autumn colours is an ad hoc thing in the UK, across the pond the Americans take their ‘Fall’ very seriously. Nowhere is autumn celebrated in quite the same way as it is in the US, and the annual show of fall colours in the country’s National Parks proves to be a huge tourist draw.

So if you’re planning an autumn trip to America’s east coast, New England is especially famous for the brilliance of its foliage and spectacular show of nature at this time of year. And despite damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, especially in Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of New York state, it’s business as usual with fall officially beginning on the 23rd September.

The trick is to work out when your choice destination reaches its picturesque peak and time your trip accordingly. You can find peak colour times at www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage, where a colour-coded map points you in the right direction. For example, if areas on a map of northern Vermont are coloured green, that means the forests are still green in that part of the state, reports BBC Travel.

In general, New York state and Minnesota peak first in mid-September, the former with red and yellow from sumac, oak and poplar, the latter with gold and crimson from aspen, tamarack and red maple. Maine, Michigan, Ontario, Rhode Island, New Hampshire Vermont and Washington peak late September, with colours that between them, cover a good part of the spectrum.

If you’re planning on travelling to the US in early October, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are the places to be for a colour extravaganza, while Massachusetts typically peaks early October to mid October, and Connecticut and Virginia peak late October.

So remember to time your autumn trip to see maximum colour. You’ll be able to catch one of the sates at its height of stunning colour over the next couple of months.

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