Five Little Known Facts about Fall in New Hampshire

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Central NH Chamber announces five fun facts about foliage in New Hampshire.

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New England as a whole is known as the premier fall foliage location, with scenery boasting the most brilliant and vivid colors.

Autumn in New Hampshire is renowned for its crisp yellows and bold reds, but not many visitors know why the state is so well known for its season splendor. Below is a list of five little known facts that many visitors- and residents- don’t know about fall in New Hampshire.

1.) The Granite State is expecting 8.5 million visitors this foliage season, up 5 percent from last fall. With $1.30 billion dollars in estimated spending from these visitors, fall is historically the second busiest season in New Hampshire, attracting more than 25 percent of annual visitors overall.
2.) Bright yellow leaves found on trees such as the birch have the same amount of yellow pigment in summer as they do in the fall. The yellow can only be seen in fall, however, when the masking green chlorophyll begins breaking down. Although the birch is New Hampshire’s state tree, in fall the state is better known for its crimsons and light reds. Trees such as maples do not contain the same amount of red pigment throughout their lifetimes, however. They produce their color chemicals in late summer.
3.) New England as a whole is known as the premier fall foliage location, with scenery boasting the most brilliant and vivid colors. This reputation is primarily due to the region’s maple and birch trees, which change colors within days of each other. The best time to visit central New Hampshire for peak foliage sightings is during the end of September through the middle of October.. Keep tabs on the color changes at http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/autumn-white-mountains.
4.) New Hampshire has over 70 native tree species of hard and softwood, including varieties of cherry, beech, chestnut, elm, cedar, and balsam fir. Pines and balsam firs do not shed their green needles, but they do add a pleasant fragrance to the season and during the cold winter months.
5.) Sandwich and Waterville Valley made Yankee Magazine’s list of Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England. The list was compiled based on 14 criteria, including scenery, leave reflections in water, culture, and quietness.

To find out more about visiting central New Hampshire during the fall, visit http://centralnh.org for lodging information, what to do, and where to eat.

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Shanna Hale
Central NH Chamber of Commerce
since: 03/2015
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