The New England area is famous for its fall foliage, attracting people from all over the United States (and the world) to witness first-hand the beauty and splendor of this scenic countryside during the height of the fall season. One thing to keep in mind to maximize your experience – the leaves follow a pattern as they change, starting north and moving south from high elevations to low. Peak color in the New England area is a narrow window that generabloglly lasts from late September through mid-October, so plan your trip accordingly.
Take a Road Trip
Although there are countless routes you could take, here are a few highly recommended road trips through different sections of New England:
1. Maine: Route 302
In Portland, you’ll drive through the rolling hills and delightful villages of Oxford Hills and coastal Maine. Stop by the Maine Wildlife Park, a haven for orphaned and injured wildlife, or visit the Shaker community where the air is filled with the sweet smell of their famous herbs drying in the autumn sun.
2. Massachusetts: Route 6A
A good place to begin your journey on Route 6A, also known as Old King’s Highway, is in the quaint town of Sandwich at the Heritage Museums & Gardens. From this point, you’ll wind your way through charming towns full of antique shops and art galleries. The scenic views of this lovely 40-mile drive finish up in lively Orleans, where Old King’s Highway ends.
Take a Hike (No Pun Intended)
Learnings Run Gardens – Cape May, NJ
A must see in the Cape May County area, the Learnings Run Gardens has been a favorite place for visitors to relax and enjoy themed flower gardens seamlessly integrated into 15 acres of native woodland. Follow a path shaded by ancient trees that date back to the Colonial era and keep a watchful eye out for wildlife living in the ponds and wooded areas as you wind your way through.
New England is crisscrossed with countless rivers and streams that are perfect for canoeing or kayaking. Enjoy the peaceful wonder of the great outdoors and be one with nature as you traverse through the maze of waterways that are available. Choose from a guided tour or create your own adventure for an up close and personal look at the spectacular fall foliage.