The ideal New England fall foliage road trip

By Marta Gintowt

As late September bids farewell to hot summer days and October welcomes sweater weather, each region of the country experiences fall differently. Synonymous with pumpkins, apple cider, and changing leaves, New England undoubtedly boasts the most magical fall scenery that the United States has to offer.

Cruising along Interstate 95 is the perfect way to take advantage of the vibrant fall foliage happening during the autumnal months. With impressive forests, charming small towns, and peaceful terrain, each state has something special to offer road-trippers making their way through New England.

New York

New York State is much more than just the Big Apple, and in just a matter of a few hours, you can trade sterling skyscrapers views for vibrant, chromatic vistas. The mountains of the Catskills and the Adirondacks are famous for their lush woodlands and nature escapes, especially in the fall. Whether you're spending the weekend or just passing through, New York will certainly be an unforgettable first stop.

Massachusetts

Home of the perfect summer getaway, Massachusetts also beautifully embodies cozy in the fall months. College campuses are filled to the brim, and cities are preparing for the winter ahead. From the hills of the Berkshires to the shores of Cape Cod, spending a day on the road embracing the best of what autumn has to offer can be experienced best in Massachusetts.

Vermont

Mostly known for motifs like winter sports and ice cream, the state of Vermont boasts a lesser-known secret: stunning watercolor vistas from late September to winter's commencement. An afternoon hike through the Green Mountain National Forest or a picnic along Lake Champlain will be accompanied by striking, fragrant foliage, allowing the perfect backdrop for a photograph or oil painting.

New Hampshire

Travelers who are reluctant to leave Vermont will regain their enthusiasm when crossing the state line into New Hampshire. With similar topography like lush forests, rolling hills, and peaceful farmland, it's the ideal place for a relaxing afternoon drive to absorb all of the scenery. The White Mountain National Forest stretches across the northern part of the state, while the south is sprinkled with lakes and meadows, so there is something to suit everyone.

Maine

The northernmost state in the continental US is the final—and perhaps most picturesque—stop on this New England road trip! Maine's idyllic landscape is covered by thick woodlands dotted with crystal clear lakes and sleepy, coastal fishing towns. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the crisp, cool autumn air perfumed with the nostalgic aroma of a new season patiently waiting.


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New England's Fall Foliage

By Elizabeth Young

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Although not New England, Upstate New York is a great place to see the leaves change

There are many things that we all love about fall, but apart from the return of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, the changing of the leaves might be our favorite. As the leaves shed their verdant green summer dress for shades of red, orange, and yellow, escape the city and head for the country where you can truly appreciate New England's colorful chorus. Book one of these rentals today and spend your vacation apple picking, visiting orchards, and hiking!

Where to stay: Fairy-Tale Cottage in the Berkshires
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One-of-a-kind rentals like this make for an unforgettable fall break.

This fairy-tale cottage is nestled in the heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Be swept off your feet by the magical ambiance of the cottage while you enjoy exploring the surrounding area, only made more beautiful by the changing of leaves.

Where to stay: Rustic Log Cabin in Maine
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Enjoy the fall colors as you stroll down the beach.

If you're looking out an office or classroom window and wishing it was still summer, check out this rustic log cabin in Maine, where you can contrast the changing leaves with the sandy beach. While it may be too chilly to swim, the hiking trails surrounding the rental perfectly showcase the region's fall colors.

Where to stay: Luxury Cabin on Stratton Mountain, Vermont
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What could be better than relaxing on the deck surrounded by a range of fall hues?

If you're looking for a place where the whole family can get away, take a peek at this luxury log cabin. Not only can you spend days hiking and biking through the surrounding, colorful forest, but come winter, you'll find yourself right near the Stratton Ski Resort.

Where to stay: Tree House with Jacuzzi near White Mountain National Forest, Maine
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Remember, tree houses aren't just for kids!

Near the White Mountain National Forest, this tree house is the perfect place to see the leaves change among the trees. With room for family and friends, plus a private hot tub, this is sure to be a fall break you won't forget.


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