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Maine fall foliage guide kicks off the season

It's that time of year again, when the buzz for fall foliage travel begins. First up: Maine, which has had a good year of tourism, especially with increased summer cruise traffic. Now it looks like the state is going to ride the wave into fall with a prominent position as an early leaf-peeping destination. Its guide to fall includes all sorts of information on foliage tours and apple-picking outings.

Here are the stats for serious foliage fans: Maine has 17 million acres of forest, 76 tree species, and nine state and national scenic byways. The time to go is from the last week in September to the third week in October. The color change starts first in the far north and ends in eastern, coastal, and southern parts of the state. Foliage updates are available online.

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The National Park Service should release information about its fall color hotline in early September, and I'll post on that as soon as I get the details.

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