Fall foliage tours and cruises take you to to amazing harbors, hidden villages, through verdant mountains,
historical sites and great cities. The change of colors and views are
simply breathtaking. The area is also very rich in history. Smaller highways and back roads provide gorgeous foliage views as well as a quaint atmosphere dotted with small towns and villages, orchard and cider mills, cafes and unique shops.
For decades, New England has become synonymous with gorgeous fall foliage during the autumn months. Fall foliage tours visit Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. New England is truly the place to be when those leaves begin to change colors. Just as winter begins to creep in and a white wonderland takes over, leaves all along the Eastern seaboard will be dropping their green hues for brilliant shades of orange, yellow and red.
What is the best time to take a Fall Foliage tour? Although it can vary based on the first cold fronts from one year to another, the beautiful show generally kicks off in Maine in late September and goes straight down the coast to Connecticut where colors peak in early November. Fall Foliage Season is New England’s busiest travel season so booking your tour early is important.
More importantly, there is a fall foliage tour to suit everyone’s tastes. From tours that last a full week to tours that are more than three weeks in length, there is an excursion to fit any schedule.
Most tours have complete sightseeing stops throughout every city, a professional tour director and perfectly planned itineraries. The more deluxe itineraries stay in historic hotels and have all sightseeing included with no added costs.
Here are some of the places you can visit on a Fall Foliage tour or cruise:
Fall Foliage in Boston
One of the best fall foliage tours to take in New England is one that travels throughout the city of Boston.
A Boston tour gives you a city feel, but with stunning views of the New England countryside and a stop at the Willard Brook State Forest, which is a perfect location for taking many memorable photos. Along the way, you will also find yourself amongst ancient farms, quiet ponds, stately colonial churches and many roadside taverns.
Fall Foliage in Maine and Acadia National Park
One of the best areas to see lush fall foliage in Maine is by traveling to Acadia National Park. Leaves in this park begin changing their colors early in September, but the peak time to see the most vibrant colors usually occurs midway through October. Anywhere from the first week of the month to three weeks in usually yields luminous bright oranges, reds and yellows.
Arcadia National Park also offers expansive views to see the changing leaves. In fact, there are many miles of shoreline, 45 miles of carriage roads and 125 miles of hiking trails. In addition to the many trails, the park is also an ideal site to witness birds, including sea ducks and spring warblers.
Adjacent to Arcadia National Park is Bar Harbor, which draws visitors in by the thousands, thanks to the array of family activities the area offers, including whale-watching trips.
Fall Foliage in Vermont
The Green Mountains and surrounding farms, areas near Burlington and Lake Champlain all have beautiful colors during the fall. Stowe and Killington are popular stops as well. Stowe is known for gourmet cuisine having won more awards for cuisine that any other New England town of it's size.
There are so many ways to travel while in New England. Choose from escorted tours, vacation packages, rail journeys and cruises. Fall Foliage Tours can not only save you money, but provide the best value for traveling to New England.