SOUTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) - The fall foliage reaches it's peak at this time of year in the northern region of the Pioneer Valley and make's it's way south; just in time to set the backdrop for all things fall.
"This weekend we're heading for the corn maze, with the family. That's an exciting fun annual trip that we do every year, so that's very autumnal," Joe Muto of Westfield said.
As you make your way to your favorite spot to celebrate the fall, you may want to plan ahead: the Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports that last year, the Friday before Columbus Day was the second busiest for transactions on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
There were 690 thousand toll transactions on that Friday, second last year to the Friday before Mother's Day, which had just over 700 thousand cars traveling through.
Traffic congestion is also expected on the routes where people travel to check out the foliage, like in New Hampshire and Maine.
- Map: Fall Foliage
If your keeping your fall activity close to home prepare yourself for some crowds.
The family-owned Bashista Orchard in Southampton had a quiet morning Friday, but Tom Bashista, the co-owner told 22News weekends in their store have been picking up…
"Yea it's been busy. Once the leaves start turning people start thinking apples. We've been picking since July but everyone's favorites come out now," Bashista said.
He expects flow of customers to increase even more for the coming 3-day weekend.
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- Photos: Fall in western Mass.