The Best Places in New England to See Fall Foliage
- New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway
New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, otherwise known as “The Kanc” is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along New Hampshire’s Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire. It starts in Lincoln and continues through the White Mountain National Forest; including breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Lower Fall and Rocky Gorge. It is one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas within the entire country- with it’s peak time being Late September/Early October.
- Vermont’s Route 100
Vermont’s Route 100 will take you through some of Vermont’s villages, even with cider donuts and country stores along the way. You will see Mount Killington (which is recommended to hike), but the great destination is the 11-mile Green Mountain Byway that runs between Waterbury and Stowe.
- The Shires of Vermont Byway
The Shires of Vermont Byway, otherwise known as the southwest corner of Vermont, includes the historic towns of Bennington and Manchester. There are also 15 other towns and villages connected by the scenic ribbon highway, known as the Historic Route 7A. In Bennington, it is recommended to climb to the top of the 36-foot-tall monument that commemorates the Battle of Bennington.
- Maine’s Coastal Route 1
Maine’s Coastal Route 1 will have you start in Portland and head north on “Old Route 1” to enjoy one of New England’s most scenic fall foliage routes. You will get to see seaside mansions, lighthouses, etc. if you stop in Brunswick, Bath, or Rockport.
- Maine’s Acadia National Park
Maine’s Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre park that sits 70 miles northeast of Camden on Mount Desert Island. The 27-mile Park Loop Road has dozens of places to observe the beautiful fall foliage, with Mid-October being the best time to visit.
- Connecticut’s Route 7
Connecticut’s Route 7, otherwise known as Northwestern Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills region, is filled with the fall foliage you need to see. Starting near Norwalk, travel through Kent Falls State Park- which is a hike that includes bridges, waterfalls, and everything scenic. Continue your travels through Woodbury and be sure to end in Litchfield Hills, where you will see classic and rural New England.
- Connecticut’s Route 9
Connecticut’s Route 9 is located in the Lower Connecticut River Valley and also known as “the next New Hamptons”. One of the featured towns, Essex, was named “The Perfect Small American Town” in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. You can also visit the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, which is located just across the Connecticut River.
- Massachusetts’s Mohawk Trail
Massachusetts’s Mohawk Trail is a 63-mile trail that runs east to west throughout the northwest part of Massachusetts. It follows a Native American trade route, and straddles the Berkshire Mountains between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys.
- Massachusetts’s Route 6A
Massachusetts’s Route 6A is a rural route that starts after the Sagamore Bridge and continues down through Sandwhich. You will then travel to Yarmouth Port and continue on through Dennis and Brewster. In Brewster, you can visit the Nickerson State Park- which has a 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail with plenty of views.
- Rhode Island’s Ocean Drive
Last but not least, Rhode Island’s Ocean Drive is an 11-mile waterfront route that starts out on Bellevue Avenue and passes through the American yellowwoods and European beeches. You have views of both Rhode Island Sound and jaw-dropping scenic colors.
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The Kancamagus Highway. The Unofficial Guide to the Kane. Kancamagus Scenic Byway. October 2018.
TOWN&COUNTRY. Dangremond, Sam & Giacobbe, Alyssa. The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England. October 2018.