Fall Vacations in New England

You know it's fall when the leaves change color and nowhere can you find a more spectacular view of this change then in New England. It’s a pretty sure bet that no matter which charming New England town you make your fall vacation home, you’re sure to be treated to some amazing views. But it’s not just the scenery which makes fall vacations in New England so special. Festivals, food and fun abound all throughout the region.

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American History Begins In Massachusetts

If you like a strong dose of history on vacation, fall vacations in New England can definitely deliver. Your first stop should be Boston, Massachusetts. Sure, the Declaration of Independence was written in Philadelphia but without the rich Boston history that preceded that writing, there might not have been a Declaration. You can literally follow in the footsteps of our founding patriots as you take the walking Freedom Trail along a red-brick tour of the city’s many historical spots. After taking in all that history, you will have worked up an appetite which you can satisfy at any one of the North-end’s famed Italian eateries.

Traveling outside of Boston can lead you north to Salem, another perfect spot to explore history. Of course the best time to visit Salem would be around Halloween as this “witch capital” gets into the spirit by providing tours of local haunted houses. You can continue your tour through Massachusetts with a stay at seaside Gloucester where you can immerse yourself in the rich whaling and fishing history. And naturally, you’ll have to try some fresh clam chowder! On your way out of Massachusetts, consider a leisurely driving tour of the Berkshires and Mohawk Trail. This is where the first wave of the changing fall foliage will occur. There are many quaint vacation rentals in this region which will warmly welcome visitors for a cozy stay.

Get Carried Away By the Mystic River

In Connecticut, you’ll find the always entertaining Foxwoods Casino Resort. You’ll still be surrounded by all the amazing fall colors but you’ll be treated to great shows, amazing meals and of course plenty of gaming fun. Heading south will take you into Connecticut’s shoreline where you can stay in Mystic and be treated to the Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium. At the seaport you’ll discover an abundance of shopping and dining choices. You can also check one of the countries’s last known wooden whaling ships which is on permanent display in the Mystic harbor. That’s not the only history you’ll find at the Mystic Seaport. There is a complete recreation of a 1800’s fishing village that serves as a living museum chock full of working silversmiths, blacksmiths, bakers and candlestick makers!

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Small Town Feel In the Shadow of a Big Mountain

Fall vacations in New England have no shortage of small-town charm. This is especially true throughout New Hampshire where practically every town could be considered a “small town.” Ironically, the tallest mountain peak in New England is Mount Washington, which is nestled in New Hampshire. There will be plenty to see and do in the fall in this region. You can take another journey into the past with the Conway Scenic Railroad tour in North Conway. For the more adventurous you can opt to go spelunking at the Lost River Gorge and the Boulder Caves located in North Woodstock. As with other places in New England, you’ll have some great accommodation options for living like a local by renting a vacation home. One thing to keep in mind: don’t forget your camera!

We hope our list of the top fall vacations in New England has helped you plan your next getaway.