When to Go for the Best Fall Foliage

by , SmarterTravel Staff - September 4, 2007 See all photo galleries
Granby, Massachusetts, during peak autumn foliage season


A chill in the September air announces the arrival of fall. The first green leaf turns a golden hue, and it's clear before long the rest will follow in one last burst of regal color before tumbling to the ground. This tiny sliver of time when trees across the country show off their autumnal tones is quite magical, but it varies from state to state. Read on for the best times to catch Mother Nature's artistic side.

Massachusetts explodes into color in late September, generally peaking over Columbus Day weekend. Every region of the state is touched by russet tones at some time during the fall season. Be sure to book as far in advance as possible, especially for stays during the holiday weekend. Though many of the more popular drives are a leaf-peeping delight, you'll find solitude amongst the trees along back roads.


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