Insider tips on Maine, United States in GlobetrotterGirls at Pepo - Sep 8 2017, 05.09.25 AM UTC
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Top 5 places to see the fall colors in New England πŸπŸƒπŸ‚πŸƒπŸ

Summer is almost over, which means I can finally get started on my autumn travel plans! I have been wanting to visit New England in the fall for a long time - to see the spectacular autumn colors up there! Especially Vermont, where you find many maple trees, whose leaves turn into a striking scarlet color in the fall, is a must for anyone who loves the feeling of fall. The small New England states in the north east of the US (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island), named after the 17th century English settlements, do not only offer breathtaking fall colors, by the way, but also some of the quaintest coastal towns in the US, the quintessential small town feel and gorgeous landscapes, and thanks to their compact size, can easily be combined into one trip.
I have put together a list of the top five places to see the fall colors in New England – must visit destination for any passionate leaf peeper:

1 The Green Mountain Byway (Vermont Route 100), Vermont
Vermont is every leaf peeper’s dream come true: 80% of the state are covered in forest, making for an explosion of colors in the fall that begs to be photographed. The Green Mountain Byway is a scenic byway that is best visited during the second week of October, when the maple leaves reach their brightest scarlet. The road goes past mountains and farms, through Green Mountain National Forest, and connects the picturesque small towns of Stowe and Waterbury, which are both worth a stop.
2 The White Mountains, New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the White Mountains make for an unforgettable road trip with views of the Presidential Range and Mount Washington, which is New England’s highest peak at 6,288ft. There are stunningly beautiful vistas at every turn of the winding road, and along the way you can eat in small, family-run restaurants and sleep in charming, old-fashioned inns. The most famous roads here are Route 302, which passes through Crawford Notch, a beautiful valley where yellow-leafed birches and scarlet-colored maple leaves are perched along the hillsides, and the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112), a scenic byway that crosses the White Mountains from East to West.

3 The Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

The winding roads of the Mohawk Trail in western Massachusetts offer some of the best vistas for leaf peepers – the road gets quite busy during the weekends in October, but that’s for a reason! The Mohawk Trail goes through the Berkshires and offers an array of trees that will leave you in awe for sure: birch, maples, beech, ash, dogwood, oak, sassafras and tulip trees all contribute to a colorful leaf cover along the road. In addition to the fall colors, artsy small towns contribute to the charming atmosphere of this region – make sure to stop in North Adams, which even has a Fall Foliage Festival each year in early October, stop in historic Greenfield where the 3-story lookout at the Poet’s Seat Tower provides magnificent vistas, and take a short detour in Charlemont to the impressive Bissell Covered Bridge.

4 Route 7, Connecticut

Route 7 is the main north-south artery through western New England, and 78 miles of the 313 mile long route go through Connecticut. The most scenic part starts in New Milford, going north. The town of Kent has been voted the Number One spot to see the fall colors in all of New England, and not far from there, Kent Falls State Park in Litchfield County offers a short, but lovely hike to a 250 feet tall waterfall, which is even more striking when it is surrounded by brilliant autumn colors. Make sure to stop at the West Cornwall Covered Bridge further north, and in Litchfield, a delightful little town with art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops worth a visit.

5 Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. No matter where you find yourself in the park, you’ll be wowed by unforgettable vistas of the rocky coastline, the mountains, little lakes and lush forests. Mount Desert Island is famous for its historic carriage paths – make sure to plan in time for a stroll along these trails as well as a visit to Seal Cove, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor, all located on the island. If you continue your trip westwards along the coast of Maine you’ll get to the nearby Schoodic Peninsula, which also makes for a scenic drive.