The Best New England Fall Foliage Tours

Tour New England in the Fall
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With leaf peepers descending on New England each autumn from all parts of the globe, it might be easier to leave the planning to someone else and enjoy a guided biking, hiking, walking, bus, train, cruise or aerial tour of New England this fall. Here is your guide to some of the best available New England fall foliage tours this season.

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    Fall Bus Tours
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    Explore more than a dozen bus tour options, such as Caravan Tours, which offers an eight-day New England Fall Foliage guided motorcoach trip leaving from Boston on a variety of September and October departure dates. Sit back and enjoy vivid views of changing leaves in all six New England states as you visit the region's iconic attractions.

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    Fall Biking Tours
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    If you're passionate about biking and looking to head out on a "last hurrah" trek before autumn yields to blustery winter, then these New England fall foliage biking tour providers are your best bet. Book yourself, for example, on one of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations' scheduled outings this fall. The tour company offers a number of autumn trips in Vermont, on Cape Cod and in Maine's Acadia National Park. Trip leaders provide support and encouragement all along the way, and your tour includes specially selected accommodations and great regional dining throughout your journey. Use Vermont Bicycle Tours' online form to request a free catalogReservations may also be initiated online, or by phone.

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    Essex Steam Train
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    If chugging along the tracks aboard a historic locomotive through tree-lined miles decorated by nature's paintbrush sounds appealing, you'll want to check this guide to fall foliage train excursions in New England. Among fall's best railroading adventures is the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. From September 1 to September 24, land and water tours are available Friday through Sunday, and from September 28 to October 22, departures from Essex, Connecticut, are available daily except Wednesdays. A variety of other autumn excursions—including dinner train trips—are also available. Tickets are available online or by phone.

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    Scenery of Kent Pond lake and forest in autumn
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    The crunch of leaves beneath your feet adds to the charm of fall days in New England. so consider claiming a spot on one of the region's best guided hiking or walking tours. You can even get a head start on the new year by making a resolution to get fit this fall, starting with an inspiring stay at Jimmy LeSage's New Life Hiking Spa near Killington in Vermont's lush mountains. With walks and activities for all levels, from beginners to walkers seeking a challenge, LeSage's programs are designed for more than just weight loss. You'll retrain your mind in healthy ways, too.

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    Windjammer Cruise
    Media photo by Lee Lansinger courtesy of the Maine Windjammer Association

    A guided tour of New England's colorful coastline aboard a seaworthy vessel is sure to be a memorable outing. This guide will help you choose a cruise, such as a multi-day sailing trip you'll never forget aboard one of the Maine Windjammer Association's historic ships.

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    Hot air ballooning. Quechee, Vermont. USA
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    It's one thing to pick up the prettiest fallen leaves that catch your eye, but how magnificent would it be to soar above the foliage, tickling the treetops? Well, these aerial adventures offer the chance to do exactly that. When you set sail on a hot air balloon flight this fall with Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides, for example, you'll enjoy views few other leaf peepers will ever experience. This tour company flies regularly from its home base in Essex Junction (near Burlington), Vermont.