It's time to take a step backward and figure out how exactly you'll be getting to New England and how you'll get around once you arrive in the fall.
A car is almost a complete necessity. For starters, backroads scenic driving is one of the most popular fall foliage pastimes. Second, public transportation in New England isn't exactly prevalent once you get outside of big cities such as Boston, and cities aren't where you'll want to be during this time of year anyway.
If you won't have a car, an organized trip is likely your best bet for experiencing autumn in New England (although read on for a few more ideas).
Getting to New England in the Fall
New England Airports
Flying in this fall? Here's your guide to airports in the region. Boston's Logan Airport is the region's busiest. Be sure to check alternate, smaller airports, where you can often find better fares, and you might just put yourself closer to your autumn destination.
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Getting Around New England in the Fall
The Best Places to Get Free Driving Directions Online
Which online driving directions tools are the best and most accurate? During my many travels, especially while writing Backroads of New England, I've had the opportunity to field test many free driving directions services.
Here's my review of six sites where you can get free driving directions online. Keep in mind that the most direct route may not be the most scenic route during fall foliage season.
Fall Foliage Driving Tours in New England
New England's country roads beckon to road trippers year-round, but there's no more spectacular time for a drive than autumn.
Here are suggested driving tours for exploring New England's winding highways, covered bridges and secluded spots.
Five Mountains to Drive
If you think New England's fall scenery is spectacular at ground level, wait until you see it from up high. New England is tops for scenic summit drives that take you above the trees for an entirely different view of autumn's brilliant foliage. Here's your guide to five mountains you can drive this fall.
5 Ways to Leaf Peep in New England Without a Car
If you don't drive or don't own or wish to rent a car, don't despair! Here are five strategies for seeing New England fall leaves without a car.
Consider a Guided Fall Foliage Tour
New England Fall Foliage Tours
Why drive, when you can sit back and watch the leaves go by? Your New England fall travel planning can be as simple as a click or a call when you book a guided biking, hiking, walking, bus, train, cruise or aerial tour.
A Slower Pace
Trek with Llamas in Massachusetts
Once you're here in New England, it's time to slow down and really savor fall days. One unique way to do just that is to hike with llamas! Pinetum Farm Llamas in Granby, Massachusetts, offers outings that last from one to six hours. Tours are customized to match hikers' abilities and can be designed to be appropriate even for young children.