Fall Foliage Tour
Fall is right around the corner, which means that before you know it, New England will see an explosion of color. Notorious for its brilliantly colored leaves, New England attracts leaf peepers from all over the U.S. who seek the autumnal palettes of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. Maine’s rugged coast to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, nowhere does Fall like New England
What makes for a great Fall foliage season?
The weather from earlier in the year plays a significant role in how brilliant the foliage will be that Fall. Ideal foliage will come from warm, sunny days and crisp, cold nights: Cooler temperatures make the leaves reveal the orange and yellow shades that they’re hiding underneath. Bright sunny days bring out their brilliant reds.
Even a ‘bad’ year of foliage in New England is a great year to take a Fall Foliage Tour with RoadStallion.
When do Fall foliage typically “peak”?
Preferred “peak” colors vary from person to person, depending on whether you prefer the brilliant reds or the soft yellow hues of the leaves. In general, September through October will be the peak times for a Fall Foliage Tour.
New Hampshire’s foliage season begins the final two weeks of September and runs through the end of October. The season will begin in the north and gradually head south.
New Hampshire’s foliage season is unique because of the variety of landscapes. How many places can you visit the seacoast, the mountains, and the lakes all in one day?
New Hampshire is also home to Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. Mount Washington creates the perfect backdrop for your Fall Foliage Tour.
The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5-mile stretch of New Hampshire’s Route 112. It runs through the White Mountains from Lincoln to Conway and is renowned for its colorful autumn display. Known by locals as “the Kanc,” the route is now designated as an American Scenic Byway, due in large part to its reputation as one of the country’s top leaf-peeping spots.
Vermont will be on track to have an excellent Fall foliage season. Much of the brilliant reds, oranges, and golds are from native sugar maples, which are abundant in Vermont. Look for peak color during the last week of September through the first part of October.
Visitors should find the best color in the northern counties and then as the season progresses, you’ll find it in the southern counties.
The state’s mix of elevations allows leaf peepers to actively view optimum Fall colors as Fall progresses. Peak color arrives first in the northern third of the state, where Mount Mansfield—Vermont’s tallest peak will sometimes delight viewers with a light coat of autumn snow to contrast with the colorful leaves below.
We recommend the 60-mile Stowe and Northern Mountains Loop Fall foliage drive.
This drive starts and ends in Stowe, Vermont — the #1 ranked Fall foliage destination in the United States, according to TripAdvisor.
This route takes you by two of Stowe’s favorite water falls, Moss Glen Falls and Bingham Falls. We suggest jumping out at each water fall and taking photos. This Vermont Fall foliage drive also passes Lake Elmore State Park, which features a beautiful Vermont mountain lake.
With classic images of Vermont’s Green Mountains around every twist and turn, this enchanting Fall foliage drive is sure to delight.
Northern Maine is at or near peak viewing conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. Central and western mountains of Maine are at or near peak starting around Columbus Day. Coastal and southern Maine generally reaches peak or near peak conditions mid-to-late October.
All parts of Maine, especially the Western Lakes and Mountains, present a colorful Fall foliage showcase. In the Western Lakes region, Sunday River ski area in Newry and Sugarloaf ski area in Carrabassett Valley offer foliage viewing from above on gondolas and luxury chair lifts. Viewing foliage at the Acadia National Park is always a treat. Located on the coastline of Maine, Acadia offers visitors the added bonus of seeing both incredible leaves and breathtaking shorelines. The nearby town of Bar Harbor is also fun to explore. Park Loop Road is a 27-mile Park Loop Road starts at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and delivers striking views of the park. The road was constructed over the course of more than 30 years, from the 1920s to the 1950s. Not only that, but part of the funding for the road came from John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Leaf-peepers looking for color close to Boston should think about the Emerald Necklace and Public Garden. You can also choose from seven different loops in the Berkshires or head to Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts, for a breathtaking panoramic view.
The Blue Hills Reservation, a 6,000-acre state park feels like a Fall foliage retreat, but without requiring too far a drive outside the city. As is a trip along the Charles, but that usually isn’t peaking until the last week in October, or even early November.
The 60-mile path of Mohawk Trail is the pride of Western Mass in the Fall. Avid foliage fans come from all over the country to take in this Berkshires drive. The must-see part of the Mohawk Trail is the 37 miles from North Adams to Greenfield. This trail has been drawing carloads of sightseers since 1914. Perhaps the most famed parts of the drive are the Hairpin Turn and the view from the summit of Hoosac Mountain. This scenic byway follow an old Native American trail used to travel between the Connecticut and Hudson valleys. Today, it’s one of the best drives to enjoy Fall foliage.
Treat yourself to the experience of beautiful Fall Foliage Tour with RoadStallion!
All tour routes are customizable. Routes and sites may vary depending on the foliage and weather conditions for each day.
Tours are limited to 2-8 passengers, you will have plenty of opportunities to stop along the way and take photos, eat or look around.
Call us to book your Fall Foliage Tour, (800) 684-4724. Many guests book months in advance, and we always sell out…so don’t delay, book your Fall Foliage trip today.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TRAVEL & TOURISM