Exploring Fall Foliage in Boston


The New England States are known for offering beautiful opportunities for viewing fall foliage. If you are interested in taking a look for yourself, here are a few tours or travel ideas that you might want to consider for fall in Boston this year.

Grayline Bus Tours

Grayline has an 8.5 hour Fall Foliage Tour that will take you out to see the beautiful colors of the New England countryside while also giving you the opportunity to enjoy a Yankee lunch. Not only will you have the opportunity to take great pictures at one of the many photo stops, but you will also get to enjoy a coffee stop, lunch at a New England style tavern and a stop at a native farm stand for apples and cider. Along the way, you will pass quiet ponds, ancient farms, colonial churches, weathered roadside taverns and beautiful foliage displays.

PhotoWalks Photo Tours

PhotoWalks offers a number of photo tours that are a great option for exploring fall foliage. The Beacon Hill Photo Tour takes you for a walk along the picturesque streets of Beacon Hill. On this tour, you will learn how to compose amazing pictures of the English-inspired neighborhood’s diverse architecture. The most photographed street in Boston, Beacon Hill is rich in history and hidden surprises. This 90-minute tour take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 am and meets at the Shaw Memorial across the street from the Massachusetts State House at Beacon and Park Streets.

The same company also offers a Freedom Trail Photo Tour, during which you can visit the actual sites of where patriots protested against British rule. These sites include Old City Hall, the Old State House and where the Boston Tea Party meeting took place. This 90-minte tour takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 pm and meets on the front steps of the Park Street Church at the corner of Park and Tremont Street.

The Back Bay Photo Tour is another great fall tour option. The tour includes visits to iconic landmarks and historical commentary while exploring the French-inspired residential area. This 90-minute tour takes place on Sundays at 10:00 am with an occasional Friday tour available. It meets at the bronze sculpture near the front entrance of the Boston Public Library on Dartmouth Street in Copley Square.

All PhotoWalks photo tours include a free copy of PhotoWalks Guide to Successful Photography, which is an e-booklet providing information about how to maximize photography skills.

Foliage Displays Near Popular Boston Hotels

If you find yourself in Boston during the fall, but you do not have time to take a tour, you may not be too far from some impressive nearby displays that are worth checking out on your own. Some of these include:

  • Charlesmark Hotel: Walk half a block to Copley Square where you can tour Trinity Church, visit the weekly Farmer’s Market and sit by the pool.
  • Colonnade Hotel: Take a walk across Huntington Avenue to Christian Science Plaza. Benches are available near the reflecting pool.
  • Taj Boston Hotel: Walk across Arlington Street to enter Boston’s Victorian-era Public Garden. Take a walk by flowers and statues before going on a Swan Boat ride in the Lagoon.
  • Verb Hotel: Walk across Boylston Street to enter The Fens, which is home to Victory Gardens and Kelleher Rose Gardens.


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