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Fall Foliage Day Trips

Best Ways to Spend a Day in New England This Fall


Photo - Vermont Pumpkins

You never know what you'll discover when you hit the road and explore New England in the fall.

© 1999 Kim Knox Beckius
Updated September 19, 2013
If you live close enough to New England to visit for a day, then fall foliage season is the perfect time of year to plan a winding drive through colorful autumn scenery to a festival, a museum or even to nowhere in particular. If you're looking for day trip ideas this fall, this is your place!

Here are New England day trip ideas, driving tours and more autumn travel ideas. The free About New England Travel weekly email newsletter will have more ideas for fun this season, too, so subscribe today!

Fall Weekends 2013 -updated!
During the fall foliage season, New England is a popular destination for weekenders and day trippers. If you're trying to decide when to plan your day trip or if you're looking for a reason to visit in addition to pretty leaves, here is a weekend-by-weekend round-up of festivals, fairs, harvest celebrations and other fun events in the six New England states and neighboring New York.

Fall Foliage Driving Tours in New England
New England's country roads beckon to city slickers throughout the year, but there's no more magnificent time for a drive than autumn. Here are some tours for exploring New England's winding highways, covered bridges and secluded spots.

Fall Day Trips From Boston
If you live in Boston or are visiting the city in the fall, here are some suggested fall day trips you can take by bus, or set out in your car for scenic autumn destinations within a two-hour drive of Boston, Massachusetts.

Fall Day Trips from New York City
Leave the Big City behind on one of these autumn adventures in New England or upstate New York.

Fall Day Trips from Portland, Maine
Explore Maine's mountains, coastal villages and Lakes Region on one of these suggested fall day trips.

You'll Be A-Maized!
Corn mazes are cropping up all over New England. They're fun places to lose yourself for a few hours this fall.

Catch a Leaf Lift
View New England's colorful panorama from a chairlift this fall. It's a spectacular way to see the scenery!

10 Fun Things To Do at Red Apple Farm in Massachusetts
Visit a fourth-generation farm in North Central Massachusetts this fall for adventures ranging from apple picking to digging your own potatoes, from hayrides to sipping apple soda.

Spooktacular Salem
There's no American place spookier than Salem, Massachusetts, and October is a bewitching time for a visit.

Visit the Home of the American Michelangelo This Autumn
The New Hampshire estate Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens called "home" is one of America's least-visited national parks, but this inspiring place is a perfect day trip destination for lovers of autumn and art.

New England's Most Photographed Farm
Located in Reading, Vermont, Jenne Farm is reputed to be New England's and perhaps even North America's most photographed farm.

It's Apple Harvest Time in New England!
Plan to pick your own apples during your New England autumn day trip, then cook some of these wonderful apple recipes from New England inns.

The Great Pumpkin: Pumpkin Picking in New England, Recipes, & More!
Plan your invigorating pumpkin picking outing, then cook up these great New England pumpkin recipes.

If I Could Walk With the Animals...
...You can! Hike with llamas in Central Massachusetts this fall.

The Bridges of Bennington County Vermont
See five picturesque covered bridges on this southern Vermont driving tour.

New England Wineries Guide
Autumn is the perfect time to celebrate and sample New England's grape harvest.

Down By the Old Cider Mill
Tucked away on a winding country road in Old Mystic, Connecticut, is the only remaining steam-powered cider mill in the United States--B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill. Clyde's is the oldest continuous maker of hard cider, too!

The Bounty of Bennington
Spend a perfect fall day in Vermont's southern gateway.

The Grape Pie Capital of the World
During the fall harvest season in 1965, Al Hodges introduced patrons at his Redwood Restaurant in Naples, New York, to a new dessert made with sweet-tart Concord grapes. More than 300,000 pies later, this unassuming village at the southern tip of Canandaigua Lake has earned its reputation as the world's grape pie capital.

Take Your Family on Safari at Action Wildlife!
Want to share a memorable and educational animal adventure with your kids this fall? Action Wildlife, a 116-acre zoo and museum in Northwest Connecticut, is an affordable family day trip destination.

Natural Bridge
This scenic attraction just off the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts is an ideal place to contemplate the power and artistry of nature.

Visit Yankee Candle
Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, is the second most visited tourist attraction in New England and a great day trip destination for pre-holiday shoppers this fall.

Five Mountains to Drive
See the scenery from up high with these five New England summit drives.

8 Best Places to See Foliage in Connecticut
Why leave your leaf peeping to chance? Get out and explore Connecticut's eight best places to see autumn scenery as selected by the state's Bureau of Parks and Forests.

Spend a Day in Shelburne Falls
The Bridge of Flowers draws 15,000 visitors to the village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, each year, but the sleepy, riverside locale offers more attractions, shops and Victorian architecture, making it a perfect New England fall day trip destination.

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