Learn from the editors of Yankee, and from our readers, where to find the most colorful views in New England!
Autumn is that precious time of the year when New England’s rural roads radiate a kaleidoscope of colors. And as anyone who has experienced fall traffic on a pristine October weekend knows, this reliably draws a lot of people to the region. But with a little effort (and a bike, a paddle, or some good walking shoes), you can find your own slice of personal autumn splendor and leave the crowds behind.
Vermont’s pastoral setting is ideally suited to taking in the sights on a bike. Lightly traveled back roads are rarely used outside of a handful of dairy farmers. Around every bend, there’s another meadow greener than the last, another mountain standing tall in the distance, another quintessential New England village with a gleaming white steeple. Add fall foliage, and it’s hard not to stop every five minutes to take another picture. Or if you prefer saddles to seats, head to a horse farm for a 15-mile ride through the foliage-saturated woods.
Isolated waterways in Maine are a dream come true for an active canoer. The shoreline is ablaze with fall colors, and moose come down to the shores and shallow waters to find a mate. Closer to the Maine coast, thickets of maples turn crimson, adding to the already spectacular show of dark blue ocean and evergreen forest.
In Rhode Island and Connecticut, the roads turn more bike-friendly as the summer tourists leave the beaches. Wind your way through temperate farmlands along the Atlantic coast, or ramble inland along one of the numerous, quiet bike paths.
Leave the tourists (and your car) behind and take in some of the best autumn views in New England. We share our secret picks in New England Foliage Without the Crowds—one of many great guides in our Fall Destinations Collection!
Our Fall Destinations Collection shares tips to finding the small towns, gorgeous waters, breathtaking foliage, and mountain excursions in New England, from the coast to the forest. With your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership, you have full access to everything in the Fall Destinations Collection, including: