Things to Do in New England in the Fall
Travelers all over the world make the trek to New England in the fall to admire brilliant displays of colorful foliage. Mid-September marks the start of the vibrant show farther north, with a peak occurring mid-October. Leaf peepers should visit New England’s more southern states for foliage displays that last until November. The Parking Spot has compiled a list of things to do in New England during your autumn trip. Maine As the most northeastern state in New England, Maine has a fall foliage season that begins in early September, with coastal regions climaxing through late October. An ideal place to witness the natural beauty is atop the new Penobscot Narrows Observatory, a structure built in 2007. Ride an elevator to a point 420 feet above the Penobscot River and admire a panoramic view that stretches for 100 miles. For a slightly different vantage point, head to the coastline for a boat tour; try a sunset cruise aboard a windjammer sailboat. Visitors can’t leave Maine without tasting famous lobster from Georgetown’s Five Islands Lobster Co. Massachusetts The Mohawk Trail in Western Massachusetts was designated the first scenic road in New England when it officially opened in 1914. The 63-mile road courses through 50,000 acres of state parks and forests, making it a great starting point for viewing fall foliage in New England. Hop out of the car at Natural Bridge State Park to admire North America’s only naturally formed white-marble arch. Visitors can even enjoy a fall foliage bike tour in one of Boston’s colorful parks. New Hampshire Enjoy bursts of bright red among New Hampshire’s tree-covered mountaintops and lowlands starting in mid-September. On a 100-mile scenic route through the White Mountains, visitors can admire fall foliage while passing mountain vistas, river gorges, caves, and idyllic villages. While driving north, leaf peepers will encounter The Flume Gorge, an 800-foot chasm surrounded by waterfalls, covered bridges, and glacial boulders. Before you leave, conquer Mount Monadnock dubbed the “most climbed mountain in North America.” Take a break at the top for prime autumn sights. Rhode Island Despite being the smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island is a top producer of wine. Autumn is harvest and a great time to visit vineyards and farms for local food and drink. After getting a taste of Rhode Island, visitors can observe fall foliage on the Blackstone Valley Explorer riverboat tour. Situated on the river’s banks is the historic Slater Mill, North America’s first successful water-powered, cotton spinning mill. The Prospect Terrace in Providence is another top destination for panoramic views of ultimate autumn color shows. Travel to New England to witness spectacular displays of fall foliage. What's on your list of things to do in New England?