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How to Experience Autumn in New England

By Viator, July 2018

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New England is one of the United States’ top leaf-peeping destinations. Every autumn, nature puts on an unforgettable show here as billions of leaves change color from summer’s bright greens to fall’s palette of vibrant golds, oranges, and reds. Before you head for the forest, here’s what you need to know about foliage season in New England.

When to Go
New England’s fall foliage season typically lasts from late September to late October, with the northernmost states of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire peaking before the southern states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. While temperature and weather conditions influence the intensity and staying power of the foliage, light is the main catalyst for change—meaning the peak color season happens at roughly the same every year. 

Where to Go
New England has lots of leaf-peeping hot spots, with some of the most popular being Maine’s Acadia National Park, Stowe in Vermont, White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and Boston—both in the city proper at Boston Esplanade and the Arnold Arboretum, as well as out-of-town destinations such as the Berkshires and Willard Brook State Forest.

How to Go
During the season, fall foliage tours depart from Boston in Massachusetts, Manchester and Nashua in New Hampshire, and New York City and the Hudson River Valley.  You can do a day trip by bike, bus, or minivan, while helicopter tours offer a whole new perspective on the fall landscape. Multi-day tours often travel throughout New England, following the fall colors as they roll out across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

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Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour from Boston, Boston, null
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Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour from Boston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 383 Reviews

Marvel at the spectacular New England countryside on this scenic fall foliage tour from Boston. Bring your camera along for a drive east among gently rolling ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston, Boston, Seasonal Events
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Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston

4 star rating: Recommended 246 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials on this sightseeing day trip from Boston. First, visit Marblehead -- the birthplace of ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Fall on Cape Cod: Day Trip from Boston with Sightseeing Cruise, Boston, Day Trips
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Fall on Cape Cod: Day Trip from Boston with Sightseeing Cruise

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Autumn is a special time on Cape Cod, so enjoy it to the fullest on this luxury coach tour and scenic sightseeing cruise, affording amazing views of New ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.00
Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise, New York City, Seasonal Events
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Circle Line: Bear Mountain Full-Day Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 139 Reviews

Escape NYC and take a leisurely cruise up the Hudson River to historic Bear Mountain. You’ll enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise each way with an Onboard Oktoberfest – ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.99
Fall Foliage Bike Ride in Boston, Boston, Day Trips
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Fall Foliage Bike Ride in Boston

The Fall Foliage bike ride is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous green spaces in a ‘green’ way while the colors of autumn settle in. Discover Frederick ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Indoor Venue, New York City, Seasonal Events
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Indoor Venue

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Have breakfast at a local restaurant, stay warm, and take in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch as the parade passes just a half block away while ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Taste of Vermont Food Tour, Manchester, Seasonal Events
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Taste of Vermont Food Tour

This 1-day tasty tour of Vermont includes a stop at the Cabot Creamery where you'll enjoy tasting several varieties of cheese, a stop in Montpelier for a photo ...  Read more

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour, New York, Day Trips
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Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour

Take in the autumn colors of the Hudson Valley on a fall foliage helicopter tour. Departing from White Plains, New York, this flight is narrated by a ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $275.00
10-Day New England Fall Foliage Tour including Cape Cod, Manchester, Helicopter Tours
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10-Day New England Fall Foliage Tour including Cape Cod

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Enjoy the spectacular beauty of New Hampshire Fall foliage as the trees turn turn brilliant shades of red and gold. Explore the Light House Trail with the ...  Read more

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

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7-Day Best of New England Tour, Manchester, Multi-day Tours
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7-Day Best of New England Tour

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of New England on this scenic 7-day trip. Explore the Light House Trail with the first stop at Nubble Light. Continue onto Squam ...  Read more

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,669.00

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