Let’s face it: this summer is hot. And while we love daydreaming about our summer vacations, for a lot of us around the country, there’s something to be said for daydreaming about fall vacations. Cool breezes during the day, nippy temperatures at night, and, of course, the unbelievable fall colors changing the landscape from vibrant summer green to a tapestry of warm reds, oranges and yellows.
There’s a reason why fall foliage tours of New England are a perennial favorite: no one shows off their autumn finery quite like the majestic mountains and quaint villages of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. So if you’re looking for a reason to dream of fall vacations, we recommend you book our Classic New England tour before it sells out!
This tour travels from Boston to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and up into rural Vermont. Along the way, you’ll enjoy picturesque towns like Stowe, Vermont. It’s the quintessential New England town, with white spires a shimmering contrast to the canvas of fall colors behind them. If everything is starting to remind you of a Norman Rockwell painting, it’s not a coincidence; compare real life to the painted one at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
The Berkshires give way to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. During a stop in beautiful North Conway, you can climb to new heights on Mount Washington.
This peak, the most significant east of the Mississippi, is home to some of the most extreme weather conditions on the continent. Luckily, it’s not usually coated in snow and ice during the fall months, which means you can ride the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway to the summit. The world’s first cog railway, the rack-and-pinion style trains have been climbing the second-steepest track in the world since 1869.
Of course, autumn’s charms aren’t limited to the mountains. There’s something remarkable about the New England coast during the fall season, as summer’s somewhat-frantic tourist season slides to a close and the local culture is a little more apparent. In Kennebunkport, Maine, you can enjoy the Seashore Trolley Museum, home to the world’s oldest and largest museum devoted to public transportation, from trams and trolleys to rail cars and buses. You’ll also find a coastal town brimming with charm, home to galleries and unique shopping.
New England fall vacations aren’t complete without a stop in Hyannis, Cape Cod. It’s an old-fashioned town with the slow pace your summer may have been missing. With trolleys and penny candy, picnic tables and ice cream parlors, you can recapture a little piece of Americana as you wander this quintessential coastal town. Or you can head out on a steamship cruise for a glimpse of the Kennedy compound, visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, or watch kite-surfers catching waves on Kalmus Beach.
There are more treats in store with the New England Fall Foliage, like visiting a cranberry farm, touring the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, a tour of Boston’s historic sites, and even a visit to Plymouth Rock. Fall vacations: the new summer vacation? With this itinerary, we think so!