Fall Foliage Guide for New England
Guide to Fall Foliage in New England
Leaf peepers take to the scenic New England routes to see the beautiful colors of the autumn season each year. If you've ever visited New England in the fall, you'd understand the attraction of the regions fall foliage. Blazing reds, deep purples and rich gold leaves highlight the treetops and cover the landscape in a blanket of natural beauty. If you'd like to learn about best places to see New England fall foliage, this guide will point you in the right direction. Here you'll find fall foliage routes, maps, schedules, reports and information about New England fall foliage tours for the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and more.
Fall Foliage New England Schedule and Forecast
Though Mother Nature has her own schedule, knowing when the leaves are expected to reach their peak autumn colors is helpful. Factors that change the colors of the leaves include temperature and rain. In general, the peak New England fall foliage begins early in the northers states. Leaves reach their peak colors in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire as early as late-September and early October. In the Southern New England States, like Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island the leaves reach their peak around Columbus Day. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines; the best way to find the best places to see the New England fall foliage is to check out a current map or report.
Peak Viewing Maps and Driving Routes
Make use of current New England fall foliage maps when looking for the best fall foliage tour routes in New England or the Northeast states. YankeeFoliage.com provides a great service which includes maps, user submitted fall foliage reports and tips for planning your leaf peeping route. Here are some specific recommended driving routes by states:
Connecticut Fall Foliage Driving Route Map
This map, provided by Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection, shows the best scenic routes for Connecticut fall foliage. The routes on this map include drives through Scenic Fairfield, Traditional New England, Hartford West, Yankee Roots, CT Heritage, Connecticut River Gateway and New Haven & Neighborhood.
Learn more by visiting: *Fall Foliage Driving Routes in Connecticut
Autumn Leaves on the Road, Connecticut, USA
Maps of New England
Scenic Roadways: Rhode Island Fall Foliage Map
This map is a favorite route for bikers looking to enjoy the beautiful Rhode Island fall colors. According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, other scenic routes and hot spots for leaf peepers include Rhannock Road, Ministerial Road (Route 110), Veterans Memorial Parkway between Second Street and Route 103 in East Providence, Paradise Avenue, Wyatt Road, Wapping Road, and Hanging Rock Road in Middletown. Also check out the scenery at Sachuest Point on the Sakonnet River's entrance. See also Breakneck Hill Road (Route 123), Route 102, Route 1 and Route 114.
Visit New England's tourism site recommends specific routes and directions for those seeking to see the beautiful fall foliage. They suggest routes in the Blackstone Valley Region, Newport Region, Conanicut Island (Jamestown Island), Providence Region, Scituate Loop, South County Region as well as nearby attractions.
Read the detailed directions for each scenic route here: Fall Foliage Routes in Rhode Island
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New Hampshire Fall Foliage map
If you're looking for the best routes for leaf peeping during the peak New Hampshire fall foliage season, the best drives are said to be in the Dartmouth-Sunapee Region, the Great North Woods, the Lakes Region, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock Region, the Seacost Region and the White Mountains.
For driving directions through these New England fall foliage scenic routes, check out NewHampshire.com's Fall Foliage Driving Directions with maps
Massachusetts Fall Foliage Map
Massachusetts fall foliage routes include Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) in Western Massachusetts, heading to the Berkshire mountains. Route 20 from Boston to Central Massachusetts, to New York is another great route. Route 7 to the Berkshires is a popular route in October. Other hot spots for leaf peeping include the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Waiden Pond in Concord, Wachusett Mountain north of Worcester in eastern Massachusetts and of course, the Berkshire mountains.
Learn more about the best scenic routes for Massachusetts fall foliage: Massachusetts Fall Foliage Drives
Fall Foliage Driving Routes Vermont
They say the best scenic routes for seeing Vermont fall foliage is just about everywhere. According to VermontFallFoliage.com, Route 100 and Route 30 are beautiful in the fall. If you want specific driving routes, check out Foliage-Vermont.com's directions for scenic routes in South-Central Vermont, Northeast Kingdom, the Champlain Lowlands, Northern Green Mountains, Northern Vermont and the Stowe Area.
For more scenic Vermont fall foliage driving routes, check out LinkVermont.com's interactive scenic drive fall foliage directions which includes drives through Manchester, Brattleboro, Londonderry, Woodstock, Plymoth Notch, Okemo Valley, Smugglers Notch, Waterbury, Killington and Rockingham.
Vermont Guide To Fall Foliage
Fall Foliage Tours New England
Looking for guided New England fall foliage tours, train tours, weekend tours or vacation package. Whether you go by train, bus, car or bike, you'll be amazed at the beautiful New England fall foliage. Check out the resources below!
- New England Vacations; All Inclusive Fall Foliage Tours
Caravan's all-inclusive New England vacations are fully escorted and include Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Plymouth Rock and Martha's Vineyard.
- Fall Foliage Tour packages and information from Tauck
Take a breathtaking fall foliage tour with Tauck's Grand Autumn New England journey.
- Fall Foliage Train Rides in New Hampshire
Fall Foliage Trains in New Hampshire on the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Railroads. Full Day and Half Day Foliage Trains from the Lakes Region to The scenic White Mountains.
Videos: New England Fall Foliage
These videos are montages of photos featuring New England scenery during the fall. Notice the colorful landscapes, winding rivers, country roads and stunning mountainsides. The videos includes pictures taken in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Upstate New York and Rhode Island.