Many people are traveling to Franklin County for Columbus Day Weekend

Drivers are heading to Franklin County to see the colors and enjoy outdoor activities.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- A lot of us travel on Columbus Day weekend.

MassDOT urges you to plan ahead for the holiday, one of the busiest weekends on the road this year. It’s an important part of Franklin County’s economy.

“For me, It’s about taking advantage of the nice fall weather and the crisp air,” said Matt Hanlon of Spencer. “It’s one of my favorite place to ride the area you just can’t beat the scenery here.”

Many of the people traveling for Columbus Day Weekend choose to come to Franklin County. The time of year benefits the local businesses in the area.

“Columbus Day weekend is usually the top, it builds up to this weekend and will gradually taper off until foliage season is over another four weeks or so,” said Chip Hager, Owner of Hager’s Market in Shelburne Falls.

Hager’s Market is on the Mohawk Trail, where many tourists enjoy the fall colors. It may not be peak foliage just yet, but the leaves have been turning and there are splashes of spectacular color.

“We certainly expect bumper to bumper traffic, particularly along Route 2 the Mohawk Trail,” said Ann Hamilton, President of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. “Up on the higher elevations there is a lot of color from reports we’ve had, so people won’t be disapointed.”

Hamilton said you will see just as much color right now in Berkshire County as in Vermont and New Hampshire, where it’s closer to peak.

Hamilton told 22News that hotels and bed and breakfasts fill with tourists on Columbus Day weekend.