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fall4colors Sep 18th, 2015 07:50 PM

Acadia or white mountains for photography
Question specific for a photography trip. I have two days Oct 7 to 9. Which is the most beautiful Acadia or white mountains during this time for photography.

simpsonc510 Sep 19th, 2015 05:54 AM

I love the White Mountains. So scenic! Many beautiful drives in the area. But I've never been to Acadia.

Ackislander Sep 19th, 2015 11:21 AM

You don't say where you are coming from, so I will assume Boston in the following.

If you have two days on the ground and two days to travel, Acadia will give you trees 'n' rocks 'n' coastline for a four day investment.

The White Mountains are closer, and you can drive well into them and be out on the trail in half a day. So three days invested for two behind the lens.

If you only have two days for both travel and photography, the White Mountains and the Meredith-Chocorua area to the south are your only real choices.

clarkgriswold Sep 19th, 2015 12:29 PM

That depends on what kind of photographs you want, mountain/lakes or coastal/ocean.


Generally I would say you get more color and more vibrant colors in the mountain and lake regions, but more color combos ie red, orange, green and golds altogether, on the coast.

fall4colors Sep 19th, 2015 04:27 PM

Ackislander thank you. I will be in VT for fall colors that week. So it's either drive from VT to Acadia or VT to White mountains. How is the travel from VT to Acadia? Leave VT Wed morning arrive in the afternoon at acadia spend 2 nights and leave Friday mid-day, will this work?

Calarkgriswold,thanks. I have been to Smoky mountain several times during fall. Wondering if White mountain experience would be different. Of course Smoky doesn't have lakes only streams. Acadia seems different something I've never photographed before.

dfrostnh Sep 20th, 2015 02:16 AM

where in VT are you starting from? Gorham NH on the eastern edge of NH/Maine border is almost 4 hours to Acadia. Brattleboro in VT's SE corner to Acadia is 5 1/2 hours (most of the way on I95). Do you plan to start early and stop for lunch?

Ackislander Sep 20th, 2015 03:02 AM

The White Mountains are generally rockier and have much larger areas above treeline than the Smokies (I am pretty familiar with both). There are any number of lakes and ponds where you will get reflections of the mountains and foliage, if that is your thing. There may well be snow on the summits, which makes for great photos.

Acadia may be/is perhaps likely to be less colorful than inland because it is just that much warmer at the coast. But I am hedging like crazy here because all color is local.

New England will be pretty crowded with leaf peepers at the time you are here, and Columbus Day weekend is perhaps the height of traffic, so you will be well out of it.

If you could find cancelable lodging in both Acadia and the White Mountains region, say, Littleton NH or Bethel, Maine, you wouldn't have to make a decision until local conditions were known.

gail Sep 20th, 2015 06:11 AM

I vote Acadia - since you get trees, rocks and ocean. But I love the ocean, so am biased.

fall4colors Sep 22nd, 2015 05:58 PM

Sorry for late reply and thank you all for the suggestions very helpful.

dfrostnh, I'm staying around Waitsfield area in VT and it's more than 300 miles from Acadia. Travel time will eat up the precious days. I'm leaning towards White mountains instead.

Ackislander, perfect that's the answer I was looking for. So if it's definitely different than Smokies won't mind spending time here. I love the reflection photos. Thank you.

dfrostnh Sep 23rd, 2015 02:33 AM

Given your time and distance to Acadia, I agree the White Mountains are a sensible choice. I'm not a big fan of the mountains since I prefer the area around Sandwich and Squam Lakes which is further south between the White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee. I think the big difference is more houses and open landscapes with mountains in the background.

Since nights are cool, early mornings tend to have heavy ground fog in low areas. Hope you have some great photo ops.

FourSeasonsLodge Dec 27th, 2015 06:29 PM

I vote for the White Mountains!

It's pretty hard to get away from the tourists at Acadia and the White Mountains have so many photo op spots where it will be just you and the fall colors!

Start in Gorham and drive south to North Conway. You will be amazed at how many places there are to stop for great shots!

Once in North Conway make your way to the top of Cathedral Ledge, Diana's Baths, Chocorua Lake, Kearsage Firetower or give us a call and we can suggest lots more locals only spots!

janisj Dec 27th, 2015 06:54 PM

You keep topping these threads where the trip is over/done/ finished. . .

You may not be including your website, but pretty darn close to advertising :?

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