As Woody Allen once jibed, LA’s cultural advantage is being able to turn right on a red light. One might add, too, that the city has some glorious fuchsia sunsets and delicious, freshly squeezed orange juice on just about every block.
What L.A. doesn’t have here, though, is a full palette of colors on branches during the autumn. Sure, there’s the NBC peacock, and the fine young drag queens of Hollywood Boulevard. The city has lots of man-made color.
But let’s get back to nature.
If you have some cash to throw around this time of year, disconnect from the 21st rerun of the Kardashian family telethon, the Honey Boo Boo trance and the stupor resulting from your last romance to end badly on that broken canal in Venice.
Hop a plane to Boston. Or Hartford. Or Portland, Maine.
From there, travel north and watch the leaves explode into various shades of persimmon, azure, scarlet, goldenrod and honey. A spray of chartreuse, burnt sienna, and heck, all the colors you dreamt about from the Crayola box, await you along and off I-95 toward Canada.
Yankee magazine has a dynamite site for all the info you need to get your compass squared. Click here to check out scenic drives as well as a live foliage map that shows where leaves are at their peak, still green, or gone, baby gone.
A round-trip ticket from L.A. to Beantown leaving Oct. 10 – 15 will run you about $400 per person on Delta, American or United.
Before you hop on that plane, remember a few tips from this native Californian who’s called New England home for over a decade:
- Don’t forget the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut – and all spots in between. Since Connecticut is lower latitudinally than Massachusetts, think about coming toward the latter part of October for peak.
- Bring binoculars, cameras, sneakers. You want to not only record what you see, but get out into nature and explore.
- No sandals on wet leaves. Or flip-flops. They get soggy quickly in the rain and you’ll slip and slide.
- Pick some apples while you’re at it. Numerous orchards dot the New England landscape, with many vendors also selling along the roads that jut off Interstate 95. Here is a list of the orchards in The Nutmeg State, by county.
- Finally, some areas of Maine such as Hancock Co. are already at peak. So don’t wait, if you are inclined to peruse the northernmost climes.