With the end of summer, countless travelers from all over are looking forward to one of the most amazing spectacles of the year: the colorful turning of autumn leaves.
The annual displays can be seen anywhere where there are broad-leaf trees. Places known for their fall foliage include the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains, where several different types of tree produce a multitude of reds, golds, browns, and oranges. Places in the Rocky Mountains, too, can produce memorable sights, as golden-colored aspens glow among dark-colored evergreens like pines.
In my personal opinion, there is no place that puts on as beautiful an autumn show as New England! There are countless drives throughout the region that not only provide gorgeous autumn panoramas, but also take visitors through many of the area’s small towns, where they can often also celebrate at a fun fall festival or two. Many of the best drives are part of the National Scenic Byway system, a program that recognizes certain roadways as especially notable for their recreational, historic, or scenic value.
The Rangely Lakes Scenic Byway takes visitors through the beautiful Rangely Lakes region of Maine. During the fall, travelers can take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of a handful of picturesque towns nestled among the colorful trees. Attractions in the area include miles of hiking trails, boating and fishing on the area lakes, and all kinds of specialty shopping in town. There’s even a sea-plane service for those who want a bird’s eye view of the colorful trees and blue lakes.
White Mountain Trail winds its way for about 100 miles through three passes in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In the vicinity, there are many things to do that would enhance a leaf-gazing trip: take a train ride, visit an arts festival, zip-line through the trees, and countless other activities.
Of course, there are many other options for fall foliage tourism throughout the states of New England. With a little research, anyone can find a route and activities to make the perfect autumn trip.