The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Foliage Trips

Fall is one of the most exciting times to be in New England, and justifiably so. Nothing quite compares to the crisp fall weather, crackle of leaves below, and the stunning foliage that can be seen all around the homes of Boston area towns and the New England countryside.

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If you are looking to take a weekend roadtrip, the following towns have some of the most marvelous landscapes for viewing. Check out our list below and let us know your favorites!

Lake Waramaug in October

Near Litchfield, Connecticut, Lake Waramaug is located near Mt. Tom. The colors in the fall are so beautiful that Connecticut’s official Department of Environmental Protection website provides daily updates on the foliage for visitors.

The Berkshires

Massachusetts' very own Berkshires offer a vast landscape of fall colors. It's great for hiking, strolling, camping, and canoeing. The Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts shines in the fall and is perfect for a drive. There are many great towns to stop in for shopping and dining, too.


If you're in the mood for a long drive, take a trip down the Kancamagus Highway in Vermont. It's particularly breathtaking in early October. You can count yourself among the "leaf peepers," a colloquial term for people who travel to take in the foliage.


If you live in a Boston home, you don’t have to travel far to find places that show off New England’s natural colors. The Boston Common and Public Garden are fantastic leafy places for a stroll. The Esplanade along the Charles River is great for walking, running, and biking with a background of vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows. You can dive deeper into fall by visiting the Arnold Arboretum, where you can learn about the trees that most captivate you and sip a cider from the visitor center after your tour.

Do you have places near your Boston home that you love to visit? Spots off the beaten path you love to tour in the fall? Let us know in the comments!

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