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The Conway Scenic Railroad's Crawford Notch Train, seen (Credit: Conway Scenic Railroad)

The Conway Scenic Railroad's Crawford Notch Train, seen here at the Crawford Station, is part of Trains and Travel International's 10-day New England Fall Colors Rail Spectacular.

Fall foliage tours

It's not as if foliage season in the Northeast is a secret. Each fall, tens of thousands of leaf-peepers pour into New England from all over the country -- and even overseas -- to delight in Mother Nature's extravaganza for the eyes.

The Conway Scenic Railroad's Crawford Notch Train, seen
(Credit: Conway Scenic Railroad)

The Conway Scenic Railroad's Crawford Notch Train, seen here at the Crawford Station, is part of Trains and Travel International's 10-day New England Fall Colors Rail Spectacular.

Conway Scenic Railroad's Crawford Notch Train rounds a
(Credit: Conway Scenic Railroad)

Conway Scenic Railroad's Crawford Notch Train rounds a bend during a fall foliage tour in New Hampshire.

Tourists take a break from hiking while others
(Credit: Nikolaj Hines)

Tourists take a break from hiking while others take a closer look at the foot of Kaaterskill Falls in the eastern Catskills Mountains of New York. The two-tiered 260-foot waterfall is the tallest falls in the state and can be seen on a fall foilage bus tour.

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Leaf-peepers take in the foliage with Hines Tours,
(Credit: Nikolaj Hines)

Leaf-peepers take in the foliage with Hines Tours, which offers a full-day tour of the Catskills out of Manhattan on Oct. 9 that includes a 90-minute scenic train ride, chair lift ride to the top of Hunter Mountain for a bird's-eye view of the colors and admission to the resort's annual Octoberfest.

Hikers can get up close to Kaaterskill Falls
(Credit: Nikolaj Hines)

Hikers can get up close to Kaaterskill Falls in the eastern Catskills Mountains of New York on a fall foliage bus tour.

Hikers pose for a photo at Mount Lafayette
(Credit: The World Outdoors)

Hikers pose for a photo at Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which is perfect for leaf-peeping in the fall.

A group poses for a photo overlooking the
(Credit: Backroad Discovery Tours)

A group poses for a photo overlooking the mountains during the Backroad Discovery Tours in Manchester, Vt.

Leaf-peepers take in nature's spectacular colors on the
(Credit: AP File)

Leaf-peepers take in nature's spectacular colors on the Swift River in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.

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Hikers poses for a photo in autumn at
(Credit: New England Hiking Holidays)

Hikers poses for a photo in autumn at the Acadia National Park in Maine. New England Hiking Holidays offers hikers and leaf-peepers a guided hiking tour in Maine.

New England Hiking Holidays offers three- to five-day
(Credit: New England Hiking Holidays)

New England Hiking Holidays offers three- to five-day hiking tours of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine (Mount Desert Island) or Massachusetts. This hiker is seen in Acadia National Park in Maine.

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