With the autumn now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to think about visiting lovely New England. Featuring a kaleidoscope of beautiful red and orange foliage, fantastic roads for driving to the mountains, and delicious fall-themed drinks, New England is the place to truly enjoy the fall.
Here are our top five reasons to travel to New England this fall, and also a list of some of the best places to see the fantastic autumn colors!
Of course, this had to be the first reason! The foliage in New England is truly some of the best you will see in the world. The vibrant reds, eye-catching yellows, and burning oranges will astound you. Colors around the New England States are better once you head northward, and I highly recommend seeing Maine, Vermont, or northern New Hampshire during this time. If you can’t decide, hit all three!
The small towns in the northern parts of these states will charm and enchant you with classic New England design, and old-school main streets lined with quaint shops and a backdrop of colorful trees and mountains.
Perfect Roads for Driving
Planning a road trip in New England is one of the best ways to see the fall foliage. Heading into northern New Hampshire, you’ll love to drive along the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) and view the incredible scenery through the White Mountain National Forest.
If you’re looking for a bit of history, head into Massachusetts and drive to Old Sturbridge Village, an outdoor history museum, and then through beautiful and historic Deerfield, following its mile-long main street and viewing the gorgeous colonial homes.
If you’d like to see coastal towns dressed in lovely fall colors, then follow Route 302 in Maine through Raymond, up to Portland, and head northwards along the coast while seeing places like Wells, Kennebunkport, and some of the beautiful capes the stretch out into the Atlantic.
Have Fun at the Fair
New England is known for its country fairs, and they are one of the best ways to enjoy these northeastern states in the fall. You’ll be able to see fantastic horse riding shows, including trick riding, get in on a pie eating contest, and have non-stop fun on the fairground rides and mini-coasters! And don’t forget to take in some true New England fair grub with fried dough, giant hot dogs, deep fried Oreos, caramel apples, and more! We recommend the Deerfield Fair, sprawling out over a vast wooded area and full of fun experiences! Don’t miss out on this upcoming event, happening this weekend (Sept 29 to Oct 2, 2016) in Deerfield, New Hampshire.
Autumn in New England has to be one of the best times for weather in this area. With the cool, crisp air descending upon you, you’ll get a break from the summer heat but not have to worry (too much) about snow or other plan-breaking weather. Take a breath of fresh air up in the mountains and smell the wonderful scent of fall!
Fall Activities Done Right
New England knows exactly how to do fall activities, such as apple picking and corn mazes. If you want to get your own fresh apples off the tree, then head to places such as Gould Hill Farm in Contookcook, New Hampshire. If you’re looking for a place to spend the night turning in circles and getting lost, then don’t miss out on a classic New England corn maze, like the great setup at Beans and Greens Farm in Gilford, New Hampshire.
So are you ready to plan your trip? By far, New England has plenty of reasons to visit in the fall, and these are just some of them. Get ready for bonfires, marshmallow roasting, delicious pumpkin drinks and sweets, and so much more! Your travels around New England will show you incredible views and introduce you to this charming corner of the United States. Here are our top recommendations for viewing New England’s fall foliage:
Where to Go For Fall Foliage:
Check out this link to see where and when peak foliage will be this year!