Autumn is here, a time when people shed their shorts and flip flops for a warm fleece and their favorite pair of jeans. Nights get a bit chilly, the sun sets earlier, and the trees blaze with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows, bringing thousands of tourists to Maine to celebrate fall harvests.

In fact, fall foliage is a favorite activity for 43 percent of American travelers, according to a recent survey by TripAdvisor. And mobile device can help one enjoy it all, including help finding the best apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes in the area.

“With advances in mobile technology, travelers can find new ways to use their mobile devices to simplify and enhance their fall foliage adventures,” states Matt Kasper, director of sales in New England in a news release. “The latest mobile devices have great cameras and are a handy and convenient tool to help you find and enjoy the best fall foliage.”

The experts at U.S. Cellular suggest the following apps to help leaf peepers find the best fall foliage in Maine, share experiences, and get to those destinations.

There are a number of websites to help you determine where to go to view the best fall foliage. TripAdvisor offers a list of their top 10 Fall foliage destinations. Many New England destinations made TripAdvisor’s list this year including, Portland and Bar Harbor in Maine, and North Conway in New Hampshire. Visit MaineFoliage.com if looking for a weekly update on where to find the best foliage in Maine. The Fall Color Report features a statewide map that tracks fall color as it unfolds in every Maine county.

 

Whether it is finding the way to a small town nestled in the mountains or along Maine’s rocky coast or finding a hiking trail to enjoy the foliage, mobile devices are great navigational tools. Google Maps can help one navigate those out of the way, quintessential New England towns to find the best fall foliage. Google Maps offers voice guided turn-by-turn directions. For hitting the trails, AllTrails is a free app that helps you find the trails nearest to you and provides more than 40,000 trail guides and maps. The Maine State Parks & Land Guide is also a free app that enhances visitors’ experiences at Maine’s state parks. Users can search for a park, get a list of things to do, use GPS to track friends and family around the parks, use the built-in compass, and get GPS terrain maps.

There are a lot of great fall activities for families to enjoy in Maine, from apple picking to finding the way out of a corn maze, there is something for everyone. For a listing of Maine apple orchards visit maineapples.org. To find a corn maze, go to themaize.com. The website has a listing of mazes by state and will directly link you to the farm’s website or contact information.