Road Trip: New England Fall Foliage + Best Time to Visit

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This seasonal event eagerly awaited and deeply cherished, transcends mere sightseeing—it’s an annual rite of passage, making a New England road trip a quintessential American experience in the fall. 

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The Kancamagus Scenic Byway, often called “The Kanc,” is a 56-mile route that winds through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. One of the best places in the United States to witness fall foliage, the drive offers unforgettable colors, from vibrant reds to golden yellows and deep oranges.

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Kancamagus Scenic Byway (New Hampshire)

Route 100 in Vermont is often hailed as one of the most scenic drives in New England, particularly stunning during the fall foliage season. The road stretches approximately 216 miles from the Massachusetts border to Canada, passing through charming villages and farms. Covered bridges, waterfalls, and local farmers’ markets.

Route 100 (Vermont)

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The route provides plenty of overlooks and stops, such as the iconic Cadillac Mountain. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or driving, the changing leaves of the park’s varied tree species, create a display that makes Acadia National Park a unique and unforgettable fall destination.

Acadia National Park Loop (Maine)

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The Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts is one of the oldest auto-touring roads in the country and offers an exceptional showcase of New England’s autumn colors. Spanning about 69 miles from Greenfield to Williamstown, the trail winds through the scenic Berkshires, offering a range of vistas from towering cliffs to sprawling valleys .

Mohawk Trail (Massachusetts) 

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The Catskill Scenic Byway in New York is a 52-mile route that takes you through the heart of the Catskill Mountains, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, valleys, and waterways adorned in autumn’s vibrant colors. As the leaves turn, the route becomes a panorama of brilliant reds, golds, and oranges.

Catskill Scenic Byway (New York)

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