Even if you consider yourself a big fan of spring and summer, a jaunt over to New England is sure to turn you into a fall-loving convert. The vibrant shades of scarlet and gold sweep over this beautiful region starting in September, covering hills and valleys with the season’s gorgeous finery. Traditional villages and pumpkin patches dot the hills, while the scent of warm apple cider and cinnamon encourages you to relax.
Visitors come from far and wide to tour the foliage in New England each year. The area’s rich colors is due to a combination of altitude and soil, with trees like maple and dogwood transforming into shades of vermilion and purple. You can spot the different types of trees and kaleidoscope of color on a foliage tour, road tripping from Maine to New Hampshire, on to Philadelphia or Connecticut. While the most famous byways will be busy on weekends during this time period, you can hit the back country roads to enjoy the autumn scenery to yourself. An example is Route 16 in New Hampshire or following the Connecticut River route in Massachusetts.
In addition to driving through the leafy roads, you can take part in the area’s abundant outdoor attractions during your stay. Vermont is famed for its Green Mountains, where you can take a zip line tour to get a bird’s eye view of the trees. Go sailing along the coastline, or rent a canoe to explore pristine lakes in the Adirondacks. The area is also best seen on foot, and with the Appalachian Trail winding its way through New England you can follow in the footsteps of many explorers. Vermont is particularly popular with hikers for its well-marked footpaths, like the Long Trail.
There’s another thing that New England is famous for in the fall: Halloween. If you happen to travel there in October, you’ll be rewarded with a month-long festival of all things spooky, from Salem’s witchy events to Rhode Island’s pumpkin patches. Visit the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence for their famous Jack-O-Lantern spectacular, where you’ll spot 10,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins on prime display. For those on the hunt for spook-tacular costumes, Boston’s Garment District is a great place to start, with multiple floors of used and vintage treasures. If you need a particular size, pick up plus size fancy dress from Funidelia or other suppliers before you pack so that you’re ready to brave the haunted houses and Halloween parties upon arrival.
When To Go – New England
The leaves start to turn in Canada in the middle of September, before sweeping down into New England by the end of the month. A good time to visit is right at the end of September when the first golden foliage appears, but the weather remains comfortable right through October and you’ll be bound to enjoy panoramic landscapes to remember.
Whether you decide to wander through pumpkin patches or take a leisurely drive through the Green Mountains, fall in New England is a wonderful time to visit.
What are your favorite fall foliage locations?
If you are thinking about visiting New England for fall, you may want to base yourself or visit New York City. Here are some posts that may give you some sightseeing ideas:
- Arthur Avenue: The Real Little Italy of NYC
- Why you have to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge?
- Where to Find the Best Street Art in Manhattan
Or check out the fall colors of California:
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