New England Fall Foliage Guide

Autumn in Boston's Brighton Neighborhood
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New England fall foliage is simply unparalleled. Autumn's crisp chill and vibrant colorations provide the perfect backdrop for a visit to this historic and scenic region. For many travelers, it's a life-long dream to experience the New England region in all of its blazing fall foliage glory. For others lucky enough to live in New England or within a short drive, it's the most anticipated time of the year.

Whether you're planning a once-in-a-lifetime leaf odyssey or a day trip or even just dreaming of fall days in New England, bookmark this page for the latest and best fall foliage travel tips and updates.

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Planning

Red Fall Leaves in New England
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Want to plan a visit to New England during the spectacular fall foliage season? At a bit of a loss as to where to start? Help is here! Turn to our insider guides to New England's best fall foliage destinations and lodgings for leaf peepers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York State, and you'll be on your way to planning a memorable and fun New England fall foliage vacation. Thousands of leaf peepers descend on New England each year for a glimpse of the foliage that is unrivaled anywhere in the world, so don't wait until the last minute to book your fall lodgings.

If New England is unfamiliar territory, you may want to leave the planning to someone else and book a guided fall foliage tour.

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Fall Foliage at Its Peak

Fall Foliage Colors at Peak in Vermont
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It's the #1 question on leaf peepers' minds: When will leaves be at their best? If you know a bit about the science behind the scenery, you'll understand why the answer is so tricky. Still, there are definitely some things you can do to boost the odds of seeing peak leaves.

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Best Experiences

Apple Picking in Vermont
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Foliage is not New England's only fall enticement. Here are some of the activities New Englanders cherish, which you simply must experience while you're visiting:

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Day Trips

Early October in Lincoln, New Hampshire
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Only have a day or two to get away? Autumn is the time of year when people who live in or near New England eagerly check fall foliage reports, then make spontaneous plans to hit the road! Discover some of the best fall day trips including.

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Travel Planning Tools

Autumn in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
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Here are some of the best apps and online travel tools to take on the road in New England this fall:

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