The north east region of the United States, known as New England, is celebrated each autumn (September-November) for its miraculous show of colour as the leaves turn and fall. Start and end this 1,125km tour in Boston, one of America’s favourite historical cities. This path holds an abundance of visually rewarding routes for those seeking the gorgeous hues for which this region is known.
Start your drive from Boston and go south east to Providence, Rhode Island where you’ll find a booming wine scene just an hour away from your starting point. Follow the Coastal Wine Trail and taste regional wines before spending the night in Rhode Island’s capital.
Head back in to Massachusetts for the town of Deerfield, a historic village covered in Maple trees and family homes from the 18th and 19th centuries. On your way to Deerfield, make a pit stop at Old Sturbridge Village and have historic interpreters in authentic costumes transport you back to the 1830s or enjoy fresh cider while apple picking at a nearby farm.
Next, you’ll head north to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, following the Connecticut River through the state of New Hampshire. Known as “Old Man River”, the colourful foliage on this path is sure to please even the most seasoned travellers. Traverse through the White Mountains via Fraconia Notch State Park, where you can take in the sights from the Cannon Aerial Tramway, then follow the Kancamagus Highway to rest in the town of Conway.
Moving back east toward the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy freshly caught lobster on the coast of Maine in the aptly named city of Portland. Once you’re well-fed and ready to move on, head to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a small city offering quaint cafes and beautiful gardens. Upon your return to Boston, stroll through the Boston Common or take a trip across the Charles River to Cambridge and walk the grounds of Harvard University.