Beautiful Fall Foliage Drives In New England
New England in Fall is probably one of the enduring images of America. Bright blue skies, white church spires and the vibrant colours of the changing leaves of maple trees, sycamores, elms and horse chestnuts all around. These are the colours that have made up many a holiday photo or postcard and are essential viewing for anyone planning a visit to this part of the country. If you want to make sure that you get to see New England at its most colourful then check out some of these routes that incorporate local foliage at its best, brought to us by Alamo who provide affordable car hire across New England.
Maine – Brunswick to Belfast.
If you want to combine some leaf peeping with some sweeping coastal views then this is a great drive to take in Fall. The drive starts in Brunswick, Maine’s oldest college town which is still much the same as it was when laid out in 1717, and then heads on to Bath, where you can see 400 years of history at the Maine Maritime Museum. Take route 1 to Wiscasset, where there are some amazing historic homes, then take Route 27 to Boothbay Harbor for some world famous clam chowder. Take Route 27 back to Route 1 before moving on to Damariscotta and Newcastle and then through Bristol on Route 32 to Waldoboro. From here, head for Thomaston, Rockland, Camden and then Belfast, and look out for the beautiful, rich Maine foliage along the route as you go.
Massachusetts – Route 20, Route 7 and Route 2
There are a number of routes recommended for foliage enthusiasts in Massachusetts, including Route 20, Route 7 and Route 2 (also known as the Mohawk Trail). Some particularly well known Massachusetts foliage beauty spots, include the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, which is awash with red, yellow and gold in the Fall, the Walden Pond made famous by Henry David Thoreau, as well as the ski area of Wachusett. If you want to continue on foot then the Appalachian Trail is more than 2,000 miles of scenic Appalachian Mountain land with simply stunning views.
Vermont – Stowe and Jeffersonville via Smugglers’ Notch
Driving 18 miles down Route 108 between Stowe and Jeffersonville will take you through some of Vermont’s most scenic Fall scenery. You’ll drive past Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak and see areas that are enormously popular with skiers in winter due to the steep slopes and high peaks. Look out for the bright red leaves of the Pin Cherry and the Red Maple, the golden Mountain Ash and Largetooth Aspen, as well as the gentle warmth of the Alder and the American Beech.
Connecticut – Lisbon – Woodstock
This drive along route 169 is 32 miles of ‘Quiet Corner’ where you’ll find yourself getting so relaxed you’ll have to be careful not to nod off at the wheel! Your route takes you through Lisbon to Pomfret, along a road lined with New England barns, apple orchards and enormous ancient trees, to the oldest agricultural fair in the country at Brooklyn, the Golden Lamb Buttery wine estate and then on to Woodstock.
As well as these specific drives, there are beautiful foliage routes all across New England, from New Hampshire to Rhode Island. If you’re feeling adventurous then just hop in the car and see where the drive takes you – wherever you go at this time of year there’s going to be plenty of fascinating foliage to see