Every year during fall, the Northwest US state of New England transforms into a dazzling display of autumnal foliage. A kaleidoscope of colours, ranging from rich reds and vibrant oranges, to deep purples and bright yellows, carpet the region’s vast landscape of lush grasslands and foothills.
For travellers keen to see New England’s leafy vista and experience all that is on offer during the fall, we have a fantastic guide to help you make the most of your visit. Read on to discover the
Top 10 Places in New England to Visit in the Fall
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
A drive along the scenic Mohawk Trail in Western Massachusetts will take you deep into the heart of the Berkshires. Here you will discover the true essence of New England in the fall, as winding roads reveal beautiful blankets of autumnal colours stretched across mountain summits, farmland and vast forests. The best displays can be found along the waterways, where trees tend to be more vibrant and their reflection in the water is truly mesmerising.
Best time to visit: The leaves in Berkshire County are at their most vivid during mid-October.
Rhode Island is a haven of fall colours, where beautiful foliage and autumnal colours can be found in every corner of the region. The island’s marsh grasses are often the first to show the signs of fall, transforming into a vibrant carpet of coppers and golds as October arrives. The riverside forests of Blackstone Valley also reveal the beauty of Rhode Island during fall, while the town of Providence offers a picturesque cityscape interwoven with rich red and brown trees.
Best time to visit: The brightest leaf colours can be seen during October, but the season lasts from late September to early November.
The northernmost state of New England is a delightful place to visit to discover some of the best autumnal displays. Throughout Maine – especially inland and near the Rangeley Lakes – dazzling hues of orange, red and yellow paint the landscape, enhancing the already great beauty of the lakeside parks, mountain ranges and vast forests. The Camden Hills State Park offers 30 miles of hiking trails for stunning foliage viewing.
Best time to visit: The peak time for leaf peeping in Maine is October.
Dotted with historic towns, quaint villages, pristine lakes and vast mountain ranges, New Hampshire is the place to go for stunning scenic views – especially during the autumn months. Vibrant fall foliage decorates every part of the region, hugging the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee and lining the valleys carved out by the majestic White Mountains. Endless hiking and biking trails allow for spectacular views of New Hampshire during fall.
Best time to visit: Early October is peak season for seeing the colourful autumnal displays in New Hampshire.
There is a postcard picture to be taken in every part of the ‘Green Mountain State’ during fall. Lined with thick forests and vast grasslands, Vermont offers an unrivalled range of foliage colours – with oranges and russets, intense yellows and dark reds creating a memorable autumnal display. The towns of Bennington and Burlington are popular choices for making the most of the harvest season and bright autumnal colours, while apple picking, corn mazes and family-friendly hikes are dotted throughout the region.
Best time to visit: Late September and early October is leaf peeping peak season in Vermont.
Connecticut is where you’ll find New England’s juiciest apples, America’s oldest steam-powered cider mill, and dazzling displays of colourful autumnal leaves. Litchfield, located in the heart of Litchfield County, is one of the best locations for the latter, where foothills are ablaze with beautiful colours that light up the landscape during the fall.
Best time to visit: Mid-to-late October is peak time for autumnal foliage.
Acadia National Park
This 47,000 acre park is a diverse landscape that really comes alive during the fall. The vast woodlands, mountain peaks, and rugged Maine coastline are highlights for leaf peepers who want to enjoy the sights in crisp, comfortable temperatures. As well as colourful foliage, Acadia National Park during fall is a hotspot for activities such as hiking, biking and wildlife watching. Visit Just America’s New England Fly-Drive Tours page for more travel information.
Best time to visit: Fall foliage peaks during mid-October in Acadia National Park.
Connecticut is abundant with leaf peeping opportunities during fall, and the historic village of Kent is a particular highlight. Located on the edge of the Housatonic River, this pre-Revolutionary War town is home to the Falls State Park which transforms into a picturesque scene of reds, oranges and rich yellows during the fall. Visitors can wander through the beautiful landscape, admiring the colours of autumn and the region’s many waterfalls.
Best time to visit: The colours of autumn are at their most vivid after mid-October.
Fall on Martha’s Vineyard – an island south of the Cape Cod mainland – is a fantastic time to see the region at its most splendid. Although recognised as one of New England’s summer holiday hotspots thanks to its sandy beaches and stunning coastal views, Martha’s Vineyard offers dazzling displays of autumnal colours of reds, bronze, coppers and golds. Visitors can enjoy leaf peeping alongside the many other activities on offer on this island retreat.
Best times to visit: Fall foliage on Martha’s Vineyard peaks in mid-October.
Mount Greylock State Park
The vast forested region of Mount Greylock State Park is home to the highest peak in Massachusetts, and some of the best autumnal colour displays of New England. The wild and rugged environment is an absolute gem to behold during the fall, and offers plenty of opportunity for hiking, camping and driving to explore the beautiful seasonal colours.
Best time to visit: The Massachusetts region is at its most beautiful during mid-to-late October.
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