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Fall Foliage in New England

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 04, 2012

It’s officially fall, and there is no better place to be than in New England! Visitors travel from the world over to experience the time of year when the days are warm, the nights are cool and leaves change from green to brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. This years’ fall foliage season is already underway and is nearing its peak in the northern New England states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Here in Boston it is estimated that prime “leaf peeping” will be the weekend of October 20th to the weekend of the 27th, but throughout the month and into early November all of New England will be covered in the bright colors of fall. Here’s a guide to some famous locations and the weekends of their peak foliage.

October 6th to 13th

During this time New England’s northern states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire will be experiencing the peak of their fall foliage.  In Maine, the Oxford Hills and Lakes region is highly recommended, with fewer tourists than the coast, rural roads, picturesque lakes and beautiful scenery, only a two and half hour drive from Boston. Vermont boasts the most scenic drives of any New England state and is known for its rolling mountains and protected forests. Add the historic farms, quiet country roads and pristine villages, all which make Vermont one of the most popular states for leaf peeping. The town of Stowe is at the heart of Vermont’s scenery and is a three hour drive from Boston. New Hampshire holds the regions highest mountains and is known for its gorgeous fall days when early morning fog covers the deeps valleys and the color of the tree stands out beautifully. North Conway is at the edge of the White Mountains, and is a great place to begin a tour of New Hampshire, located just three hours away from Boston.

October 20th to November 3rd

As the nights turn colder and winter approaches, northern New England’s foliage seasons passes and the colors peak in the southern New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. In Massachusetts the Berkshires area is known for its beautiful hills, small artsy towns and perfect fall foliage. Located only two hours west of Boston, the Berkshires are the complete opposite of the hustle and bustle of the city! Small Rhode Island has just as much fall scenery as any other state, especially in the Newport area, located only and hour and a half from Boston. This historic city is a great place to visit and the surrounding country has classic New England architecture, tightly constructed stone walls, rolling farmland, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The “quiet corner” of eastern Connecticut is only an hour and a half from Boston and features giant trees, quaint bed and breakfasts and "uninterrupted tranquility".  Historic Lisbon is a great place to start your tour of the state.

In Boston

Remember that you don’t have to leave the Boston area to see some of the best fall foliage in the world! In the Boston Commons, the local parks and any of the suburbs easily accessible by the MBTA system you will find trees changing to the same beautiful colors seen elsewhere in New England. Take the commuter rail to the north shore and explore Massachusetts historic fishing towns with fall colors at their peak, or go to the south shore and walk along the ocean during a brisk fall day. In the city Urban Adventures offers a guided bike tour of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace”.  "The tour begins on the shaded boulevard of Commonwealth Avenue, goes along the popular shores of Jamaica Pond and ends on the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum.  This chain of gardens, reserves, and open space displays some of the most colorful flora as the fall sets in". The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) offers guided walks in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton. They’re FREE and held throughout October and November. Their website also has information on local hikes and bike paths that are great to explore.

No matter if you’re a visitor to Boston or a local; this is the best time of the year to be outside! Explore Boston, New England or your own neighborhood, and make sure to share your fall adventures with Global Immersions! 

Source: Yankee Foliage 

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