The most beautiful New England season is upon us, the perfect time to head outdoors and experience its unmatchable beauty. Stick close to home this Autumn with these wonderful ways to experience Fall Foliage.
Make it a Destination
Don’t just take a leaf peeping drive, pick a locale to stay overnight, and the drive to your destination becomes a beautiful multicolored ride. According to Yankee Magazine, these are some of the best places to visit in New England during the Fall.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway: Built in 1869, the only mountain climbing cog in the world and currently the only operating one in the U.S., this historical ride can provide you with amazing views.
Mount Greylock State Reservation: At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. From its peak on a clear day, you can see as far as 90 miles away. No matter when you visit, there’s plenty to do and see.
Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm: Offering lodging, treks and trail rides, this is one stop you’ll never forget.
New England Fall Foliage Train Tours
Let’s face it, there’s probably no better way to be among the trees than on a train. Get out from behind the wheel, sit back and relax and take in the views. View the full list of railways from Yankee Magazine.
Downeast Scenic Railroad: Leaving out of Ellsworth, Maine, this scenic 10-mile round-trip ride, allows you to view uninterrupted foliage. This is also a recommended trip for bird lovers, as passengers will see wildlife abound.
Cape Cod Central Railroad: Partake in one of their “Oktoberfest” tours and breathtaking ride through one of the most beautiful areas of Massachusetts.
Green Mountain Railroad: Possibly the most “New England” of your choices, you’ll pass quaint towns and villages, rural farms, covered bridges and so much more on any trip you take.
Get a Bird’s Eye View
Remember earlier when we said taking the train might be the best way to see the foliage? We could be wrong. If you’re up for something new or challenging, why not take a peak from above? Visit New England has some unique ways/places for the adventurous types to experience these views.
The Stratton Mountain Gondola Chairlift, Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Misty River Ballooning, Florence, Massachusetts
Alpine Adventure Treetop Canopy Tour, Lincoln, New Hampshire
High Five Ballooning, Derry, New Hampshire
Newport Helicopter Tours, Middletown, Rhode Island
White Mountain Express Gondola, Loon Mountain, Lincoln, New Hampshire
Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
New England State Foliage Hotlines
For daily updates on where to see the best color, call the following state hotlines. Calls to 800/888 numbers are free only within North America.
New Hampshire: 1-800-258-3608
Rhode Island: 1-401-222-2601