New England is beautiful at any time of year – but can any
season top fall? Bright leaves exploding in a thousand colors, apple picking, fresh
produce, apple cider, long hikes, and beautiful landscapes – no other region in
the US can top New England.
Why Cambridge and not Boston? Well, any household that
received a stream of college brochures in the mail can attest that college
campuses seem to perpetually be photographed in the autumn months. You might as
well go to Harvard and see the most famous campus of all in full autumnal
glory, characterized by its brick architecture and students gathering beneath
Harvard Yard is a wonderful place for a stroll throughout
the year, but something just takes over when fall hits. Enjoy America's most
famous college campus and unwind with the fun bars and cheap eats of Harvard
Square, one of Cambridge's most vibrant neighborhoods.
Most Vermont fall getaways center around seeing the foliage
at its best and doing little more than enjoying the outdoors – but Brattleboro
gives you the opportunity to do something more. If you're the kind of traveler
who needs activities and entertainment on your trip, Brattleboro is the perfect
destination for you.
Brattleboro is home to lots of quirky shops, art galleries,
live music and a theater. The town may also be one of the best places in
Vermont to have a culinary fall getaway, with top-rated breweries and coffee
shops, as well as plenty of cheese shops stocked up with Vermont cheddar. Don’t
forget to grab a few bottles of maple syrup!
This small island off the coast of Rhode Island is a popular
summer destination, thanks to its beautiful beaches, bird watching, and
laid-back atmosphere. But visiting during the fall means you'll get all of the
perks with a fraction of the tourists, making it a perfect quiet weekend
getaway for recharging your batteries.
The best way to enjoy the fall foliage on Block Island is to
take in the Greenway Trails – a series of hiking trails that crisscross along
the island. The island's small size makes it easy for all levels of hikers to
enjoy the beautiful scenery without working too hard. This is an island
designed for relaxation, after all!
It's hard to go wrong anywhere in New Hampshire in the fall
– whether you’re looking for mountains or lakes, fun cities or a tiny sliver of
seashore, you'll love this state in the autumn months.
But what most people don't know is that New Hampshire is
covered in scenic railways. While most run in all but the snowiest months, fall
is the ultimate time to take these journeys and enjoy the fall colors.
The Conway Scenic Railroad takes in the best of the White
Mountains, while the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is a brilliant journey
around New Hampshire’s most famous lake. For a more hardcore train ride, take
the Mount Washington Cog Railway up New England's highest mountain. Either way,
there are few better ways to see the New Hampshire foliage than while gliding
through the countryside.
Have you been to New
England in the fall?
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Kate McCulley, better known as Adventurous Kate, has been a full-time travel blogger for more than 2.5 years. She specializes in independent and solo travel for women, and is particularly interested in budget adventure travel. Kate is originally from the Boston area and has most recently lived in London. She has been to more than 30 countries on 5 continents. Kate is currently traveling with her partner Mario and taking photos for SomeoneOnceToldMe.com. Their goal is to get 1000 photos and stories from people around the world. Visit Kate's site at AdventurousKate.com and follow her on Twitter at @adventurouskate. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus.
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