In Transit, A Guide to Intelligent Travel
Chris Manshio, Chicago
New Hampshire's official site, VisitNH.gov, has a 2009 interactive map to view by dates of travel, plus itineraries and driving tours. Vermont's official tourism site has a forecaster as well, at www.vermontvacation.com/seasons/forecaster.asp, plus drives, tips and weekly reports from last year.
Both the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont are among the best forests for fall visits. Waterbury is just 20 miles away from the edge of Green Mountain parkland and about 10 miles from Stowe, which hosts an annual Foliage Arts Festival (www.craftproducers.com/festival-details.php?id=31), with food and entertainment, during Columbus Day weekend.