Where will you spend fall days in New England?
You can have just about any type of experience in New England that you can imagine. Stay near a lake, the sea, the mountains, a valley, a forest. Visit historic sites, amusement parks, natural landmarks, museums, antique shops, farm stands, lighthouses. Eat at diners or gourmet restaurants. Stay in budget motels, cozy B&Bs or spa resorts.
5 Best Fall Foliage Drives in New England
It’s one of New England’s most popular national parks and a rare coastal destination where dense forests turn brilliant colors in the fall. The contrast of leaves against a backdrop of sea and sky makes for stunning visuals, and a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park will allow you to admire the scenery at an ideal pace. While you’re on the Maine coast, you have to eat lobster, of course, so head to Thurston’s Lobster Pound for this area’s ultimate lobster-eating experience.
During fall foliage season, this ski town in western Maine makes an excellent home base for travelers seeking to experience all of the wonders of autumn in northern New England. With its own line-up of fun fall festivals and activities and easy proximity to scenic drives, hikes and attractions in Maine’s Western Lakes and Mountains region and New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Bethel can be your launchpad for autumn adventures. The drive north from Bethel to Rangeley, Maine, is stunning in the fall.
Stowe is world-famous for four-season outdoor recreation, and fall’s vibrant colors are an added thrill. Hike, kayak, rock climb, go horseback riding, soar above the foliage on a gondola ride. Then, spend evenings enjoying the village’s diverse dining options and toasting your exploits with a Vermont craft brew. While you’re in northern Vermont, be sure to tour the Ben & Jerry’s factory and visit Cold Hollow Cider for fresh-pressed cider and hot cider doughnuts made by a doughnut robot.
The White Mountains can’t be beat for dramatic fall scenery, and the quintessential New England village of Jackson is convenient to everything including the famed Kancamagus Highway, yet it’s tucked enough away to feel like a romantic retreat. Once you cross Honeymoon Bridge—the red-painted covered bridge at the entrance to the village—you’ll feel in a little world all your own. Jackson’s at its most charming in October, when it is invaded each year by Pumpkin People.
If you’re flying into Boston, consider Concord for the first stop on your New England autumn itinerary. Here, you can step back in time to formative chapters in America’s history. Or better yet—bicycle back in time. Historic Concord, where the opening battle of the American Revolution was fought and writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau sparked the Transcendentalist Movement, is remarkably bike-friendly, especially on glorious fall days.
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