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Update for Friday, October 19, 2018

Great North Woods: Past Peak
Color in the Great North Woods has definitely headed past peak- in fact, the region saw a bit of measurable snow earlier this week! You may still see the remains of some foliage mixed in among the bare trees, but it's more muted and rusty toned these days. The bright side to the leaf drop is the views- with clear cuts through the trees, the views are wide open and framed by the trees with a bit of remaining color as well as the dark evergreens. The sides of roads are covered in piles of orange and brown leaves, making for really picturesque drives throughout the region. Your best bet for remaining foliage will be in the more southern part of the region- try a ride from Lancaster down towards Carrol on Route 3 or Berlin to Gorham on Route 16.

White Mountains: Past Peak
The White Mountains have headed past peak, but there should still be plenty of options for leaf peepers here this weekend. The mountains actually saw a solid coating of snow early in the week, providing a dramatic backdrop for the fall color that remains.  If you're headed to the area this weekend, your best bet for leaf peeping will be to stick to the more southern part of the region. In Campton, the views are still quite pretty along Route 49 headed towards Waterville Valley. The colors have muted a bit, but you'll spot lots of rust tones as well as some reds and yellows. The Woodstock/Lincoln area is still pretty too, despite a bit of leaf drop. And though it's lovely year round, this may be one of your last real weekends for true leaf peeping on the Kancamagus Highway, so be sure to squeeze that ride in while you can!

Lakes: 100%
Peak color is holding on strong in the Lakes region! Despite a few browning trees and a bit of leaf drop, for the most part you'll find stunning vistas of color and beautiful tones reflecting in the regions many waterways.  Our leaf peepers are reporting all reds, yellows and oranges around the Newfound Area, particularly in Bristol, Alexandria and Hill. Route 104 in Bristol is stunning right now.  From there, take Route 3A south towards Hill for a very pretty ride, or head north on 3A towards Bridgewater to check out the views of the lake.  In Moultonborough, many trees are in their prime color right now, although there are others that have gone a bit past peak.  Route 171 in this area is still a nice drive, or try Route 109 as you skirt the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee towards Wolfeboro. Squam Lake in Holderness is beautiful as well. Try Route 3 in Ashland to Route 25 to 113 in Holderness for a nice scenic drive through this area. Another drive for leaf peeping this weekend will be Route 11 from Alton to Farmington.

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee: 100% - Past Peak
Some peak foliage is hanging on in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region, but it probably won't last long- head up this weekend! Route 4 and 4A are always a good bet for a scenic drive in this region. These roads will take you through a number of small villages and towns with stretches of beautiful color in between. Historic Canaan Street in Canaan is also a treat to drive this time of year. This wide, tree lined road is drenched in fall color and runs right along beautiful Canaan Street Lake. Our leaf peepers also suggest a visit to Enfield, where the color is still very pretty despite a bit of fading color. If you visit Enfield Shaker Museum, be sure to take a hike to the Shaker Feast Ground for a spectacular vista of the Shaker Village nestled along Mascoma Lake. Or take a drive around the Lake Sunapee area where the color continues to shine.  Other scenic routes to consider in this region include:  Routes 10, 11, 12 and 103.

Monadnock 100% - Past Peak
The Monadnock region woke to its first dusting of snow on Thursday, making things feel and look a bit more like November than October! But don't worry- there is still some nice color in the trees, and many of the leaves that have hit the ground are still vibrant, making for great photo opportunities! The hillsides in Keene, Dublin, and Peterborough have taken on a bit of a muted tone, with gold and bronze colors more predominant. The views are still quite stunning, especially at the hours around sunset.  Route 101 through Peterborough and Dublin is a beautiful drive, particularly as you wind your way around Dublin Lake.  Route 119 from Winchester through Rindge is equally picturesque.  And routes 12, 119, 32, 10 are all recommended drives for this weekend as well.

Merrimack Valley: 75-100%
Fall foliage is all over the Merrimack Valley Region, with much of the area nearing peak color! This time of year is always interesting in this region.  There is such a huge mix of color- some trees are already bare, while others are still yet to change, while others are full peak with bold, brilliant color.  Some towns even saw a light dusting of snow coating the leaves on the ground earlier in the week. In Pembroke, our leaf peepers reported some trees completely vibrant and fully peak, others that are past peak, and still others that are mostly green. It's quite a mix! In the Londonderry/Manchester area, there is more color coming out by the day as the area reaches near peak.  Route 4 from Boscawen, to Salisbury and Andover is quite a beautiful ride right now, with a mix of full peak color and leaves decorating the ground.  In Canterbury the trees are very close to peak. You'll definitely want to take a ride out to the Canterbury Shaker Village along Shaker Road. The village is drenched in gold, yellow and orange and is simply stunning.

Seacoast 65-75%
It's starting to really look like fall in the Seacoast region! Though the color isn't fully developed, there are many roads that are simply stunning already.  On some roads, you are surrounded by beautiful colors and a few miles away in the same town, the trees are predominately green with only a few turned leaves. This will last for a short while, and then all of a sudden, you will be back among the leaves that look like a box of crayons exploded on them. The picturesque town of Exeter is reporting lots of pretty color throughout the town. A drive through downtown along Main Street, Water Street and Front Street will be nice- find a parking spot and hop out to explore the shops and great dining by foot! Though you won't spot a ton of color along the coast, a drive along Route 1A from Hampton all the way to Newcastle and Portsmouth is well worth your time with gorgeous ocean views all along the way.