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TIPS TO AID `LEAF PEEPERS’

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Depending upon where you may be in New England, fall can be discovered from early September into early November, with the "leaf peeping" rush under way in early through mid-October. "As colors vary from mountain tops to valleys and from day to day, there's no way to predict when fall foliage will be at its peak," notes the colorful handout "Autumn in New Hampshire's White Mountains." "This is a time of change, when each day is colored anew."

Color varies from tree to tree and may be affected by weather conditions, the guide notes. "When autumn is warm and rainy," it reports, "leaves may have less red coloration."Temperature, too, can vary, generally ranging from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime, and 30 to 50 degrees at night - with cooler temperatures the farther you go north or the higher in altitude you go.

The New England states all offer visitor guides, many tailored to the autumn season, as do regional travel associations. Here are some of the major bureaus to contact:

CONNECTICUT: The Connecticut Department of Economic Development's/Office of Tourism has a free map and guide. Call 1-800-282-6863, or write to the division at 865 Brook St., Rocky Hill, CN 06067

MASSACHUSETTS: Guides, maps and publications abound for the various regions of historic Massachusetts, from Salem on the north and Cape Cod to the south, and west from Boston to the Berkshires. For statewide information, contact the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, 100 Cambridge St., 13th Floor, Boston, MA, phone 617-727-3201.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The New Hampshire Office of Travel and Tourism offers a free guidebook and other information. Call 1-800-FUN IN NH, or write to P.O. Box 1856, Concord, NH 03302-0856 The state also has been subdivided into tourism regions. The White Mountains Attractions Association can be reached at P.O. Box 10TG, North Woodstock, NH 03262, and is on the Web at (www.whitemtn.org).

MAINE: The Maine Publicity Bureau will send a vacation package to those who call 1-800-533-9595. The mailing address is 325B Water St., P.O. Box 2300, Hallowell, ME 04347. For Acadia National Park, call 1-207-288-3338, or write to P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

RHODE ISLAND: Contact the Rhode Island Tourism Division, 1 West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903, or phone 1-800-556-2484.

VERMONT: The Vermont Department of Travel and Tourism can be reached at 1-802-828-3236, or by writing to 134 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602. The Vermont Attractions Association also publishes an admirable map and guide; phone 1-802-229-4581; write to P.O. Box 1284, Montepelier, VT 05601; or call up the Web site at (www.genghis.com/

vtattractions.htm).