autumn leaves by lakeside

Leaf Peeping In New England

3 November 2016
Read Time: 2.3 mins

Tag it #naturefroth, #biophilia, or just #nature, USA’s New England region is famous for its fall foliage (#instafall). The rich autumnal tones herald the wane of summer’s warmth as the northeastern US states embrace the chill and the march towards the holiday season from Halloween through Thanksgiving to Christmas.

 Fall is a rush in Salem, Massachusetts. (Image: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)

 

The six states that make up the New England region – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – are a riot of russet, orange, purple, gold and rust tones in the autumn months. Known as ‘leaf peeping’ season, the changing hues of the falling leaves are the ideal backdrop to the quaint country houses, outdoor festivities, produce markets and, of course, all the seasonal fare you can stuff yourself with, that comes with fall.

Come on a road trip through New England to go leaf peeping and revel in the deciduous details during these fall activities.

 An autumn mountain scene in Vermont. (Image: Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing)

 

Hot-air balloon it over the Green Mountains

Of course the ubiquitous Adirondack chair is named for the Adirondacks – what better way to survey the ombre tones that blanket this stunning area of Vermont than from a classic timber chair? Well, how about ballooning above the tree canopy to admire the patchwork effect of autumn leaves? Popping Champagne on your hot-air balloon only elevates the experience.

 Autumn leaves by zip-line. (Image: Alpine Adventures)

 

Zip above the trees in New Hampshire

Take matters into your hands with a thrilling zip-line experience above the treeline in New Hampshire. The Super SkyRider tour at Alpine Adventures incorporates nine zip-lines and six suspension bridges where you can whiz along at heights of up to 76 metres and at speeds of almost 100 km/h. The scenery may be a blur, but when you do catch your breath, the outlook will be truly breathtaking.


More seasonal experiences in the USA:

Have an oar-some time. 5 Reasons To Fall For Lake Tahoe In Autumn

Visit twice a year for double the fun. Summer Fun At The USA's Ski Resorts


 SUP boarding on a Massachusetts pond. (Image: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)

 

Stand-up paddleboarding along the Nashua River

‘Sup? SUP boarding on Massachusetts’ Nashua River will have you up close and personal with the fall foliage from the vantage point of the water. Grab an oar and make your way through the atmospheric surrounds of the main stretch of Nashua River, the smaller tributary of the Squannacook, and the pond-like Dead River. Quirky? Most certainly.

 Fall fun in and out of the water. (Image: Maine Office of Tourism)

 

Whitewater rafting in the Kennebec River

Dial up your SUP adventures with a whitewater rafting expedition in Maine. Ride the rapids along the Kennebec River, famous for its fall foliage and high-volume whitewater. Following the quirky naming conventions along the Nashua River in Massachussets, Maine brings us rapids with monikers like Big Mama, Whitewasher, Rock Garden and the Magic Falls.

 The 2016 Corn Maze at Salisbury Farm. (Image: Salisbury Farm)

 

Run through the Corn Maze at Salisbury Farm

For chills of the supernatural kind, braving a corn maze is a favourite Halloween ritual. But you don’t have to limit your fun to October, the Corn Maze at Salisbury Farm (this year the design is Rhode Island-themed) is open from August to early November so you can spot the fall foliage as you weave your way through the two-hectare field of corn with over a kilometre of trails to navigate.

 Connecticut in the fall. (Image: Connecticut Office of Tourism)

 

Take a vintage riverboat trip along the Connecticut River

A more sedate sojourn to survey the vibrant autumn hues can be had meandering along the Connecticut River Valley on a Mississippi-style riverboat. MV Becky Thatcher, named for the character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, does a 2.5-hour trip down the Connecticut River – head to the promenade deck for a panoramic view.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.