Take a Scenic Drive In New England
Known for its distinct four seasons and immense geographic diversity, New England is a region located in the northeast corner of the United States. The area is comprised of six states including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. From snow-capped mountain ranges to soft sandy beaches, and the allure of the picturesque small towns in between, New England is the perfect getaway. Let AAA Travel help you plan a scenic drive this fall so you can capture the brilliant foliage across the region.
Begin this week-long itinerary in Boston, where you can enjoy a day in the city or follow the Coastal Wine Trail and drop in for tastings at some of the area's award-winning vineyards. You are sure to see beautiful colors throughout Massachusetts on your drive to Rhode Island. Stay in Providence, the creative capital, which combines the friendliness of a small town with the culture of a big city. Stop into the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park and relax by a waterfall or enjoy the fragrances of flowers from around the world.
On your drive back to Massachusetts, visit Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast. Go back in time to the 1830s, where costumed historians will interpret the past. The grounds are decked in fall finery and offer a spectacular opportunity for leaf peeping. Check out seasonal events which include Apple Days and Harvest Days.
From Massachusetts, head through New Hampshire to Vermont for color viewing across the hills to the east and west of the Connecticut River. Stop in Hanover and visit prestigious Dartmouth College, before heading straight up Route 91 into Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. This area boasts spectacular fall foliage at the height of the season and is never crowded.
Cross back into New Hampshire and follow scenic Route 3 to Franconia Notch State Park. Here, the 80-passenger Cannon Aerial Tramway provides a panoramic view of the foliage as it climbs to the summit of Cannon Mountain. Then take the famous Kancamagus Highway toward Conway for more exploring. Along the way, stop and stretch your legs at Loon Mountain for zip lining, rock wall climbing, and bungee jumping. When you arrive in Conway, board the Conway Scenic Railroad for a sightseeing tour.
From Conway, New Hampshire, drive to Maine and take in the rolling hills ablaze with fall colors. Take Route 302 to Naples, a bustling lakeside community, and rent a kayak or take a seaplane ride. From Naples, stay on Route 302 until you get to Portland's waterfront district. Take a trolley ride or a scenic cruise on the Inner Bay, while enjoying the vistas. Be sure to stop for lobster before heading out of Maine.
Leaving Portland, drive along the coastline and visit some of the seaside communities like Kennebunkport and Wells, which are busy with fall festivals. Cross the Piscataqua River back into Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where sidewalk cafes, unique shops, and delicious cuisine await. Stroll the historic streets and take in the picturesque 18-mile coastline, before you hop back on I-95 to Boston.
With so much to see and do, planning a trip to New England on your own can be overwhelming. AAA Travel can help you plan your route with TripTiks and book your hotels along the way. You can also use our booking engine to find convenient flights, then rent a car with your Hertz discount, once you arrive. Our expert travel professionals are here to make your travel planning easy. Call 1-800-463-8646 or visit a local AAA Travel Branch today.