The Best Leaf Peeping in New England: A Roadtrip

For those of us in New England, fall can be a magical realm of apple orchards, stunning foliage, and outdoor fun.

Jim Salge Photographing peak autumn colors
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For those of us in New England, fall can be a magical realm of apple orchards, stunning foliage, and outdoor fun.

From cider to scenery, fall in New England is famous all over the world for unique experiences. It’s something that those of us who live here look forward to all year. The corn mazes, county fairs, and fiery foliage never disappoint. In fact, one celebrated corn maze takes an average of three hours to complete. The 24-acre setup includes an underground tunnel and a 28-foot cabin cruiser parked amid the corn. Just be warned: The owner of the maze requires people to start by 1 p.m. because, “I’m not going to hold your hand to find your way out.”

If something more low-key is your scene, one 1830s church hosts an art festival that attracts 200-plus exhibitors from across North America. Or you could enjoy independent films from around the world at America’s longest-running film festival.

Of course, we can’t ignore the signature fall holiday: Halloween. Start with a lantern tour of a cemetery that dates back to 1864. On only one night each year, the cemetery welcomes visitors to its graceful grounds, while actors portraying the departed share dark tales.

Go trick-or-treating with long-dead sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers, and wayward privateers in an old New Hampshire neighborhood. Walk through a display of 5,000 jack-o-lanterns in Rhode Island, or enjoy an entire month of haunted happenings in what may be the most haunted city in the country.

The September/October issue of Yankee lists over 100 activities and destinations across New England, including all of our favorite place to enjoy pie-eating contests, seafood festivals, carnival rides, plenty of apple pie, plenty of pumpkin pie, a pumpkin catapult, 16th-century fairgrounds, hundreds of artists and craftspeople, lighthouses, stargazing, and so much more.

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Our September/October issue shows you five of the best New England day trips for families. Tour a Massachusetts home that hides an art museum and antique showcase behind its doors. Slow down and enjoy a 400-foot long bridge adorned with hundreds of flowers, plants, and trees. Learn what it’s like to work the rails along the train tracks of New England. And, naturally, Yankee’s Ultimate Foliage Road Trip is a must read.

The latest edition of Yankee is your source for everything New England. From the rural woods of Maine to the rolling hills of Vermont, from the mountain villages of New Hampshire to the bustle of Massachusetts, and from the coast of Rhode Island to the art fairs of Connecticut, Yankee will give you the best of New England.

Find out more in our September/October edition of Yankee, which is FREE with your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership!

Discover the best antique shopping, the best Octoberfest celebrations, the best getaways, and best fall foliage views in the latest edition of Yankee. With your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership, you have full access to everything in this issue, including:

Road Trip through New England in Autumn
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