Apps to Experience the Brightest & Most Colorful of New England Fall Foliage

Smartphone Travel App Showcase

October is when autumn leaves transform into an ocean of oranges, yellows, and reds, with the best region to experience this captivating seasonal change within the deciduous woodlands of New England. The region offers a quiet, peaceful, and romantic getaway, a trip up to Yankeeland offering an opportunity to get cozy in your finest coats while sipping hot drinks comfortably from a picturesque inn. Here are several apps we think can make your first or tenth trip to the land of Leaf-Peepers a memorable one...

Getting Around & Accommodations

Pin it button big

Left: Amtrak - Right: New England Inns and Resorts

Amtrak - Android
If you have the time to travel by land, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to travel by train to experience autumn's spectacle. Amtrak's routes span across 46 states (and 3 Canadian provinces), with over 21,200 miles, including across postcard perfect New England rural and wooded regions. The Amtrak app condenses their entire service down for smartphones, making it possible to buy train tickets, store them as an eTicket, and look through the timetables, and routes.
Free - Also available for iOS

New England Inns and Resorts - iOS
Lodging in New England can range from luxurious to downright rustic, with plentiful options for all budgets. The New England Inns & Resorts app can aid in choosing from over 200 properties found across all 6 New England states; search by town, property type, price, quality, size, and make a booking all within the app. It's also worth noting that when you use New England Inns & Resorts you'll have access to exclusive rates and deals.
Free - Also available for Android


Maps & Shopping Guide

Pin it button big

Left: New England At-Hand - Right: Freeport

New England At-Hand - iOS
The New England variant of the At-Hand app series possesses powerful location-based and keyword search to help travelers find everything from seasonal events, places of interest, restaurants, hotels, and hidden gems across New England's 6 states, especially helpful if this is your first time in the region. The app can help create a travel itinerary ahead of time, making travel from planned visits easier with the built-in map. If you want to find new and interesting activities, destinations, or spontaneous adventures, New England At-Hand is worth the modest fee.
$5

Freeport - Android
Shopaholics who need their boutique fix should drop by Freeport, Maine, a coastal village that's a little bit city and a little bit country. Freeport boasts over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, bed and breakfasts, hotels, great restaurants & casual cafes and is all condensed in one place with their official iOS and Android traveler's guide app.
Free - Also available for iOS


Tourist Attractions

Pin it button big

Left: Foliage Leaf Peepr - Right: Maine Coast Revealed

Foliage Leaf Peepr - iOS
Foliage Leaf Peepr comes courtesy of Yankee Magazine, providing users an opportunity to report and rate foliage across the US. The app offers regularly updated reports about the color/state of regional foliage using a slider, ranging from "green", "turning", "moderate", "peak", "fading", or "gone". An absolute must for maximizing leaf watching outings while visiting New England in fall.
Free - Also available for Android

Maine Coast Revealed - Android
If the salty winds of the Atlantic Ocean during Fall is your idea of the ultimate getaway, the coast of Maine is often cited as a destination to mark down on the itinerary. Maine Coast Revealed is a travel app for everything to do along and on the coast of Maine. Acadia National Park, Ram Island (all 21 of them), 2000 islands, 65 lighthouses, and over 3,500 miles is fully detailed from the app, alongside basic details/background of many of the sights.
$3 - Also available for iOS


Wine & Dine

Pin it button big

Left: Great Maine Food App From Down East Magazine - Right: Maine Lobster

Great Maine Food App From Down East Magazine - iOS
When one thinks of Maine, seafood definitely comes to mind. Great Maine Food from Down East Magazine is a two-for-one app: the app recommends the best eateries and restaurants that Maine has to offer, as well as offering over 100 recipes based on the New England palate. Great Maine Food's comprehensive guide to Maine's restaurants, wineries and breweries, culinary events, and Inns with dining throughout the Southern Coast, Greater Portland, Midcoast and Acadia regions make it worthy of a download for the price of a cup of chowder.
$5 - Also available for Android

Maine Lobster - Android
If you have a hankering for Maine lobster, you'll probably want to download this free app. Not only can the app steer you to a variety of lobster-centric eateries nearby, it also delivers fun facts and recipes to take home. Maine Lobster also offers shipping options to send the region's crustaceans back home or even send out as a present for friends and family. Free - Also available for iOS


Nightlife & Travel Necessities

Pin it button big

Left: Haunted Happenings Magazine - Right: Travelnapp

Haunted Happenings Magazine - iOS
After the sun sets, the spookiness of colonial America can reveal itself, especially in October. Do you dare set foot in the town of Salem knowing full well the dark history that took place in the late 1600's? Explore events happening in Salem, such as costume balls, parades, cemetery tours, the Psychic Fair/Seance, haunted houses, and more? There are many autumn events happening in the month of October, however many events are also available year round.
Free - Also available for Android

Travelnapp - Windows Phone
"Simply genius" is how I would describe Travelnapp. My wife and I love long trips (especially train rides), since travel by train gives us not only an opportunity to watch the landscape go by during the day, but intimate time with our e-readers and other such handhelds during the evening. Travelnapp takes care of that 'where am I now?' conundrum once and for all by using GPS to tracking traveler's current location. This app can alert you at specific checkpoints in your journey or notify you of upcoming transfers. Working in the background to optimize battery life, the best thing about Travelnapp is that it works under a locked screen so it's always there keeping tabs on your travels, whether by train, bus, or car.
Free

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

1 Comment