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Fall Trip Planning Ideas in New England

Scenic fall foliage drives... apple, pumpkin and seafood festivals... state, harvest and traditional New England fairs and festivals...apple picking... some delicious apple cider...it's all so beautiful and fun here during the New England fall season!

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Adams Farm, Cumberland, RI

Adams Farm, Cumberland, RI (photo by Eric H.)

Our first travel choices to help you plan a fall vacation in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

by Eric H.

Fall might just be the best time to visit New England. The increasingly hot, humid summer weather takes a

back seat to day time temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s and nighttimes have that special chill in the air. The good weather provides the perfect climate for watching the leaves transform into brilliant colors, having some apple cider or ice cream at a local farm stand, going to state fairs, and taking long aimless, country drives where you can make your own special discoveries.

In the northern sector of New England, my favorite fall foliage vacations destinations include White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire where the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (Route 112) showcases some of the region's most brilliant fall foliage for about 34 miles; and Stowe, VT, a classic New England mountain town with wonderful foliage, area country stores and a bike path that provides the perfect route to see all the colors and magnificent rural scenery. Keene, NH, and the Monadnock Region are also wonderful destinations, the former being a college town with a Currier and Ives look and the latter providing some of New Hampshire's best and most unspoiled scenery. A hike up Mt. Monadnock or  Miller State Park's Pack Monadnock provides some breathtaking views, enhanced by the foliage season.

We also enjoy fall time in Wrentham, Mass., northern Rhode Island, and the northeast Connecticut. The quiet northeastern section of Connecticut has old-fashioned little towns that seem stuck in time with classic New England village greens that lead to winding roads with perfect views of fall foliage. Woodstock and Pomfret might just be the best examples of this beautiful area. Route 169 from Woodstock to Canterbury offers nearly 200 pre-1855 homes along with farms, historic churches and classic Connecticut village green centers, making it one of the most beautiful country drives in New England. It's also a great place to go apple picking with several farms providing this great autumn pastime.

Where Wrentham, MA, and Cumberland, RI, meet offers a relaxing autumn oasis from the hustle and bustle of Boston, MA and Providence, RI. In this area, you'll find The Big Apple Farm with farm-fresh produce, pumpkin and apple picking, an ice cream stand, bakery, horse-drawn carriage rides of the rural countryside and view of its apple production plant. Adams Farm in neighboring Cumberland provides a more laid-back setting with farm animals, a maze for the kids to navigate, apple picking, excellent produce and plants, and some of the most pleasing countryside you'll ever see in southern New England.

There's plenty more to recommend in New England during the fall season. Take a look at our "Best New England Fall Foliage Travel Destinations, Vacations and Scenic Drives" article where you will find the best places to pick apples, enjoy fresh apple cider, take a scenic fall foliage ride, locate the best leaf peeping spots, take a hike or walk surrounded by the fall colors, dine at restaurants perfect for the fall, and discover hidden fall travel gems from us "New Englanders. 

If you are on a budget and wondering how you are going to afford a New England fall vacation or even a day trip, check our "50 budget fall travel ideas in New England" article at our Thrifty New England Traveler blog. From fall harvest festivals to refreshing foliage walks, we cover a lot of New England ground here in regards to affordable or free things to do during autumn.

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More info on the New England fall travel season...

Read "Travel Tips for Enjoying Fall in New England" at The Weekly New England Travel and Vacation Gazette.

For learning more about the best places to stay during the New England fall foliage sesaon, we recommend reading "Where to Stay in New England During the Fall Foliage Season." Here, you'll find idyllic New England fall travel spots... and resources to hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns, resorts and motels near them! 

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