Taking a Personal Tour of New England’s Fall Colors


Most agree that there is no better place in the United States to explore fall foliage than in the New England states. To enjoy the natural beauty and bounty of color that Mother Nature provides, you might want to consider taking a private tour or a self-guided tour of the region.

Catching the Color in New England

In general, the foliage season begins in northern New England in early September with the progression of colors moving south toward Massachusetts and then on to Rhode Island and Connecticut. Historically speaking, the first frost typically arrives in eastern Massachusetts between October 1 and 10 with the last of the foliage change happening before the end of October. Therefore, if you want to get the best experience, you need to keep an eye on the weather and make your plans for a fall foliage tour to fall within Mother Nature’s plans for the season.

Private Boston Tours

A private tour is great way to see the beauty of New England in the fall. Offered by Private Boston Tours, available tours range in length from 7 to 8 hours depending upon the total distance traveled.

To ensure the best experience possible, Boston Private Tours monitors the weather and makes adjustments to the tour route in accordance with the changing colors. As such, their tours make go from Boston to the Lakes region of New Hampshire and then into western Massachusetts or Vermont. Apple Valley, which is only about 45 minutes from Boston, is a common stop. The rolling hills of this area are idea for apple trees and served as the inspiration for Johnny Appleseed. Other sites commonly seen on the tours included old grist mills, covered bridges, town greens and white clapboard New England churches. Sometimes, the tours involve stopping at harvest festivals, attending wine tastings, visiting farm stands or farms, or stopping to enjoy hot apple pie with cheddar cheese.

In mid-September, tours often involve visiting mid-New Hampshire or mid-Vermont, resulting in a tour that is anywhere from 7 to 8 hours long. Fall foliage tours typically do not go all the way to Maine because trees in the state are primarily coniferous. If you wish to take a fall foliage tour, be sure to book your tour early because these tours tend to sell out quickly.

Taking a Self-Guided Fall Foliage Tour

If you want to branch out on your own for a fall foliage tour from Boston, there is a beautiful route that you might want to consider taking. Start off by taking the coastal route north from Boston along Route 1A. Once you reach Beverly, take a detour onto Route 127 East and take in the beauty of picturesque Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester and Rockport. From here, pick up Route 133 and head north through Ipswich before turning back onto Route 127. While in New Hampshire, take a stroll along Hampton Beach State Park and then head to Main where you can enjoy magnificent views of the coast before heading back.

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