Money really does grow on trees in New England in the autumn — and all six states are raking it in.
Officials say leaf-peeping tourists will spend upward of $3 billion this fall to catch a glimpse of what's shaped up to be an exceptionally brilliant autumn display.
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The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development projects the state will see 8.2 million visitors this fall, and they're expected to spend $1.6 billion. Megan Smith, Vermont's tourism and marketing commissioner, says fall visits to the Green Mountain State have grown between 3 and 6 percent every year since 2009, when the Great Recession bottomed out. Visits to Vermont's state parks are up 8 percent and now at their highest level since 1989.
Maine and Massachusetts also report increased spending.