New Eng­land

The whole re­gion of New Eng­land, in the north­east corner of the U.S.A., cel­e­brates the be­gin­ning of au­tumn with the start of the "Leaf Peep­ing" sea­son, a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion show­cas­ing the area's va­ri­ety of au­tum­nal col­ors for the six states that m


Visitors from the world over de­scend from mid Septem­ber to mid Oc­to­ber to sam­ple the sea­son’s finest leafy hues, cov­ered bridges, quaint ar­chi­tec­ture and sea­sonal fare, with the full flush of rusts, or­anges, pur­ples, golds and ver­mil­lions on show through­out all six states. Leaf peep­ing is nor­mally done by way of a road-trip but why not get off the beaten track with New Eng­land’s more quirky and ad­ven­tur­ous ways of get­ting ac­quainted with the fo­liage.


The ul­ti­mate leaf peep­ing ex­pe­ri­ence would have to be glid­ing over the rolling foothills of the stoic Green Moun­tains of Ver­mont with the sparkling shores of Lake Cham­plain and the ma­jes­tic Adiron­dacks to the west by way of a hot air bal­loon. Pop­ping cham­pagne while tak­ing in panoramic vis­tas of fall fo­liage as far as the eye can see is a truly mem­o­rable au­tumn New Eng­land ex­pe­ri­ence. Or fancy view­ing the con­stantly chang­ing fall fo­liage panorama from a ski resort’s chair­lift? Ver­mont’s eight pas­sen­ger Killing­ton Gon­dola ride takes you to the high­est Ver­mont peak ser­viced by a chair­lift, where views of the fo­liage stretch into five states and Canada on a clear day.


Open Wa­ters of­fers new ways of view­ing the chang­ing fo­liage close up on the river banks from the com­fort of your Old Town kayak or stand-up pad­dle board cruis­ing down the Nashua River in West Gro­ton, Mas­sachusetts. Have fun ex­plor­ing and pad­dling the main chan­nel of the Nashua, the smaller trib­u­tary of the Squan­na­cook and the pond-like ox bow of Dead River. Along the Fall Fo­liage pad­dle guides will share the amaz­ing story of the Nashua River and glim­mer­ing re­flec­tions of au­tum­nal colours on the wa­ter en­hance the three miles of nar­row, me­an­der­ing chan­nel into ar­eas of lily ponds and wood­lands.


For an ad­ven­tur­ous au­tumn fo­liage road trip, em­bark on the Old Canada Road Scenic By­way. This 78-mile by­way winds through Maine’s Ken­nebec Val­ley for con­tin­u­ous fo­liage views. The road be­gins in Solon and stretches all the way to the Cana­dian bor­der. Be sure to stop at Rob­bins Hill for un­ri­valled views of the val­ley. Take a two-mile round trip hike to see one of Maine’s high­est wa­ter­falls with a 92-foot ver­ti­cal drop in Moxie Falls Scenic Area, or spend your day white­wa­ter raft­ing the Ken­nebec River while en­joy­ing breath­tak­ing views of the fo­liage.

Rhode Is­land:

The most dra­matic leaf peep­ing in Rhode Is­land is found in the mostly ru­ral ar­eas of rolling hill­sides and dense forests, in­ter­rupted by coun­try stores, pump­kin patches and or­chards. Be sur­rounded by over­whelm­ing fall fo­liage at the corn maze at Sal­is­bury Farm in John­ston, the first maze of its kind in New Eng­land. The Corn Maze at Sal­is­bury Farm has chal­lenged peo­ples’ mem­o­ries, team­work and sense of di­rec­tion for more than 15 years. Thou­sands of peo­ple en­tered the maze last year, most of them got out.

New Hamp­shire:

For the ul­ti­mate au­tumn fo­liage thrill, why not fly 225 feet above ground level through the fo­liage and up and over a car­pet of au­tum­nal colours near Lincoln, New Hamp­shire. The Su­per SkyRider, Alpine Ad­ven­ture’s ul­ti­mate zip tour, boasts an as­sault course of 18 zip lines and sus­pen­sion bridges and trav­els at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Talk about breath­tak­ing.


Board a vin­tage car­riage on the Es­sex Steam Train & River­boat for the ul­ti­mate au­tumn fo­liage tour of the un­spoilt Con­necti­cut River Val­ley. This 2.5 hour ex­cur­sion trav­els through boldly hued coun­try­side. Then, from the open decks of the Becky Thatcher River Boat, take in views of hills burst­ing with colour and a river en­gulfed in or­ange and red. www.dis­cov­erneweng­







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