With Labor Day on the horizon, the metaphorical and actual end of summer approach as well. To many, fall starts once Labor Day has passed. Schools are back in session, the pumpkin spice latte is available, and Spirit Halloween stores are open. The formal end of summer is not far behind the holiday with the fall equinox occurring in the last week or so of September. While it is sad to say goodbye to summer, it is nice to see the heat start to leave, and the leaves start to fall as we say hello to fall.
Autumn brings with it a number of different activities and sights to see. In New England, there are countless beautiful sights to see in autumn. This is a guide to all of the best autumn road trip spots in New England!
Acadia National Park
Acadia is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit on the East Coast. Found in Maine, this park ranks in the top 10 most visited National Parks. There are several gorgeous trails that offer great walks among fall foliage. You can witness stunning sunrises and sunsets from several viewing points around the pond or lake.
Franconia Notch State Park
This park can be found in New Hampshire and is the epitome of an autumnal dream! It offers many beautiful trails ready to be hiked with a stunning backdrop of mountains and trees. You can also find lookouts to view Echo Lake and see it surrounded by fall colors. If you catch it at the right time, there may even be skiing open!
While this is not technically in New England, since it technically is in New York, it is still a great destination to go to bordering New England. This lake gained fame for its use in the 1980 Winter Olympics in which the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game was played. In the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is picturesque in autumn and a great destination to go to bordering New England.
This adorable town in Vermont is the quintessential fall town. The foliage here is unmatched and because of that the town has several features that are highly photographed in fall. There is a quaint little white church in town that is a bit of an autumn celebratory due to how frequently photographed it is, especially in fall. Here there are also several gorgeous hikes to allow optimal foliage enjoyment as well as provide peaks at a few waterfalls!