There’s almost no region better than New England for bright fall colors and cool, crisp autumn evenings.
This six-state region (any guesses which six?) in the northeast corner of the United States is one of the oldest and most beautiful. Much of the area retains rural charm and low population (BnB’s for days.) And it’s not just old-school charm and quirky American accents. Some of the world’s best fall colors are here, every autumn.
The big draws here are Hartford and the Knowledge Corridor, Mystic Seaport and the restaurant and nightlife scene in downtown New Haven. But in the fall, the real action is in the rural countryside of the Litchfield Hills and the northeastern “Quiet Corner.”
The seafood here is top notch thanks to the many fishing villages. But the real secret is to head inland to the wooded and remote interior for a fall experience all to yourself. The Acadia National Park is also stunning, with views of the Atlantic Ocean from the tops of the outcrops of rocks.
Massachusetts is the heavy hitter of this bunch with well-known destinations like Cape Cod and Boston. But when it comes to fall, the Berkshire Mountain regions is where it’s at. Lofty peaks plummet into river valleys. It’s the ideal place to see leaves change color during fall foliage season. Hike a trail or venture on one of the many scenic drives.
New Hampshire prides itself on being a fiercely independent state. Some of the best spots for fall foliage are the White Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee and the scenic drive along Kancamagus Highway (Route 112).
It might be the smallest state in the United States, but Rhode Island in the fall packs a punch. “Idillic” doesn’t even begin to sum up the beauty of the woodlands. Roam the island for dense forests and rolling meadows and the occasional country store.
The fall foliage in Vermont is a big deal. Forests cover about three-quarters of the state and the highest percentage of maple trees in the United States is found here. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say the state explodes with colors once the leaves start to turn.