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Fall Foliage in New England

Fall Foliage in New EnglandLike a million Monet-painted dominoes tumbling one after another across a football field, the fall season transforms the lush landscape of America with its gentle palette of reds and yellows until each tree becomes a masterpiece. Nowhere is this fall foliage transformation more visually striking than in New England.

The six states that comprise New England enjoy some of the most sensational fall colors, thanks to the dominance of only a few types of trees that all turn at the same time. Add to this seasonal explosion of colors the rolling hills, accessible mountains and reflecting lakes that make up New England's geographical canvas, and you have a fleeting Grand Canyon of fall foliage, creating breathtaking vistas at every glance.

As a good travel agent will tell you, peak fall foliage in New England begins up north and works its way down, visiting each state like a loving aunt. For Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont peak fall foliage is the last week of September through the first week or two of October. While the three-day weekend around Columbus Day works best for peak fall foliage in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

You know Where. You know When. You'll be surprised to discover How! While the traditional method of leaf peeping is to hop in your car and fight traffic, many exciting options exist that showcase New England's fall foliage in ways you never considered. Beyond the traditional lies the unforgettable.

The problem with driving through the New England countryside is, well, the driving. It's difficult to view the scenery with your eyes stuck on the flat-gray surface of the road. So let someone else do the driving for you on your fall foliage tour.

Fall Foliage in New EnglandFall foliage bus tours allow you to relax in comfort and take in the scenery with ease. Motorcoach excursions range from delightful afternoons to week-long expeditions through many New England states. The drivers know their way around, so expect only the most scenic routes through picturesque back roads, covered bridges and lake areas on your fall foliage vacation.

Yet the beauty of bus tours is getting off the bus. You'll have many chances to stretch your legs, as you stroll around small villages or jump on a lobster cruise into the Atlantic. Tour operators plan dozens of activities along the way-with plenty of time to enjoy each one-including gourmet meals, museums capturing America's early years, and even stops at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory or Robert Frost's gravesite.

Get off the road and into the heart of the wilderness on a scenic railroad foliage tour. Coal-fired locomotives are stocked and ready to tow splendidly restored cars through mile after tree-lined mile. This truly authentic experience comes complete with a bellowed "All aboard!" from the engineer, followed by a hiss of steam to signal the start of a journey you won't soon forget.

Or ride up Mount Washington (New Hampshire) on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway, where on a clear day from the summit you can see not only four states, but also Canada and the ocean! This unforgettable ride on the second steepest mountain-climbing train in the world rewards its passengers with a stunning view that is limited only by the curvature of the earth.

Fall Foliage in New EnglandIf you want your ocean views a bit closer, then come aboard a tour of New England's colorful coastline and see the foliage through the eyes of a seal...well, not literally. Sailboats and catamarans are ship-shape and ready to take you away for a thrilling afternoon past lighthouses, islands, seals and wildlife sanctuaries while hugging the coast for the best possible views of the trees.

Stretch a wonderful afternoon into an unforgettable week on a fall foliage cruise. Premier cruise lines-such as Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian and Princess Cruises-offer week-long cruises that effortlessly combine comfort and splendor. Climb aboard and watch the turning leaves glimmer in the waves as you glide up the coast to disembark in such classic sea-towns as Boston, Halifax (Nova Scotia), St. John's (Newfoundland) and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), only to end up in mesmerizing Montreal.

As the best and most relaxing foliage tours in New England happen while someone else drives, the same can be said for your travel arrangements. Travel agents specialize in navigating you away from stress and into the vacation of a lifetime.

Travel agents know all the little secrets of New England and the best ways to experience the bursting scenery of fall. Through your travel agent, discover hot-air balloon rides that fly low enough to touch the tree tops, the best bicycle tours in Vermont for your skill level and chairlifts that ascend into the most picturesque villages.

By land, sea or air, you're in for a spectacular show. You won't be alone, however, for fall is New England's busiest tourism season. The good news is that there's plenty of room for everyone, so planning ahead and selecting a tour beyond the traditional can be your ticket to ensuring a fabulous experience for you and your family.

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RELATED WEB SITES

When to find peak color in New England (YankeeFoliage.com)
Fall foliage acoss the US (accuweather.com)

AREA FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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Potato Blossom Festival (Fort Fairfield, ME) — July
Shakespeare Festival (Bangor, ME) — July
Zucchini Festival (Ludlow, VT) — August
Annual Wild Blueberry Festival (Machias, ME) — August


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I would like info on taking a trip from WA to the east coast to see the color change and the maple gathering. Would prefer to go by train and see the country. Would be a group of us from 4 to 8
By: Roberta Dickinson At: 06/12/2009 00:00:00: AM


Greetings Roberta, May I recommend contact one our travel agent members, we have 118 agents in our 'Find a travel agent directory' who specialize in rail travel -- look at the nav on the upper left hand side of this page
By: ASTA At: 06/12/2009 00:00:00: AM


I am looking for a vacation by rail across Canada to Prince Edward Island to New England to Seattle......................all in one train trip
By: sHARON nORTHROP At: 09/28/2010 12:00:00: PM


Looking for a bed-and-breakfast in NH, VT, 3-nights during Dec, preferably 17th-23rd or 27th - 30th
By: Tom Jackson At: 03/01/2011 12:00:00: PM


Check out this interactive color forecaster from the state of Vermont - http://www.vermontvacation.com/fallfoliage2010/fallfoliage.asp
By: Vermont Season Forecaster At: 08/30/2012 12:00:00: PM


Would like to inquire about a Bus tour to Vermont for Fall Foliage. Would like to travel from Boston, MA. And would prefer 4 days or less
By: Sue Larson At: 09/13/2012 12:00:00: PM


Would like to inquire about a Bus tour to Vermont for Fall Foliage. Would like to travel from Boston, MA. And would prefer 4 days or less. Is there a telephone number we can call?
By: Sue Larson At: 09/13/2012 12:00:00: PM


Greetings Sue, thank you for you message. I recommend you contact one of our travel agent members who will be able to assist you. You can search for a travel agent in the upper right hand corner of this page. This fall is looking to be beautiful, enjoy your trip.
By: ASTA Representative At: 09/13/2012 12:00:00: PM


3 couples will be flying into Portland, ME and staying in a house in Southport, ME from 9/29/12 through 10/6/12. We need info on activities and tours to take while there to see the color change...what is there to do along with seeing the change of color?
By: Gloria Cortez At: 09/15/2012 00:00:00: AM


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