HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Connecticut encourages leaf peepers to travel less and "Find Fall Faster" — by taking advantage of the state's close proximity to major Northeast cities as well as the fact it offers the longest foliage season in New England. And to help visitors plan the perfect fall getaway, the state is offering an array of new travel-planning resources, all conveniently accessible in one place: www.CTvisit.com/Fall.
"In half or even one-third the time it takes to drive farther north, visitors can enjoy a dynamic blend of quintessential and novel New England experiences right here in scenic Connecticut," says Randy Fiveash, Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
From the new Find Fall Faster hub on Connecticut's official state tourism website, travelers will discover:
- The Connecticut Fall Foliage Finder, a week-by-week report highlighting what areas of the state will likely offer peak colors when.
- Nine ways to enjoy 90 days of fall, suggestions visitors can use to create their own fall bucket list including such must-do activities as apple picking, pumpkin hunting, corn-maze adventures and antiquing.
- Leaf peeping guide full of unexpected ways to view the foliage — including zipline canopy tours, steam train excursions, wine trail trips, biking the 37-mile covered bridge route, hiking to the vistas and B&Bs with a view.
- Scenic driving loops with information on specific routes to take and suggestions on where to eat, stay and play along the way.
- Twenty pre-planned fall getaways that feature picturesque small towns, hotels and B&Bs with scenic fall views, great hiking/biking trails, fireside dining and more.
- Other inspirational articles and suggested attractions to help tailor a perfect New England fall foliage experience.
"We predict Connecticut will have a magnificent 2016 foliage season, with the vibrant colors that make a trip memorable," said Christopher Martin, Director/State Forester, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. "Better yet, Connecticut's foliage season typically runs longer than northern New England states — offering travelers even more opportunities to see and experience the autumn beauty."
"Visitors to Connecticut will find all the quintessential activities that make fall such a spectacular season in New England — all within close proximity to each other," says Randy Fiveash. "So rather than spending time driving the highways, visitors can get out and experience more of the crisp autumn air, scenic vistas and colorful adventures that make Connecticut the ultimate destination for fall."
More fall travel inspiration and resources are available in the 2016 Official Fall/Winter Connecticut Visitors Guide, which is free to view and download at CTvisit.com. The visitors guide features in-depth stories and interviews, travel ideas, event listings, a state map and stunning photography. The mobile-friendly guide is a great travel companion this fall and winter.
For timely updates on the foliage, consumers are encouraged to join the Connecticut tourism social media community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and use #CTvisit and #FindFallFaster all season long.
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SOURCE Connecticut Office of Tourism