Peak Fall Foliage in New England – DIY Tour

New England is one of the most loved tourist destinations during peak Fall Foliage season. It transforms into a breathtaking palette of reds, oranges, and yellows, creating an out-of-this-world spectacle that no one wants to miss. A well-crafted itinerary is essential for those who want to experience the best of New England during peak Fall foliage. With over four decades of combined experience in the tourism industry, New England Tours has the regional expertise to help deliver an unforgettable experience. However, if you want to craft a Do-It-Yourself tour (DIY), here are some tips we are happy to share!

Ideas for your DIY tour:

Day 1: Arrival in Boston

Starting your New England autumn tour in Boston is a fantastic way to dive into the region’s rich history and vibrant culture. Arrive in the afternoon and check into your lodging. You can spend the afternoon exploring the Freedom Trail, which is a beautiful 2.5-mile-long path with around 16 historical sites.

Things to Do in Boston

  • Visit the Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States.
  • Explore the Boston Public Garden with its iconic swan boats.
  • Dine at a local seafood restaurant to taste fresh New England clam chowder and lobster rolls.

Day 2: Boston to Salem

Salem, known for its 1692 witch trials, offers a mix of history and autumnal charm, and is just a short ride from Boston. 

Things to Do in Salem:

  • Tour the Salem Witch Museum to learn about the infamous trials.
  • Walk through the historic downtown, featuring beautifully preserved 17th-century architecture.
  • Enjoy a scenic walk along the waterfront.

Day 3: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Leaving Massachusetts, your next stop could be Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This charming coastal town is perfect for a day of exploration and relaxation.

Things to Do in Portsmouth:

  • Visit Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum.
  • Explore Market Square, bustling with local shops and cafes.
  • Take a harbor cruise to see the fall foliage from the water.

Day 4: The White Mountains

The White Mountains in New Hampshire offer some of New England’s best fall foliage views.  Make sure to take scenic routes, ensuring you don’t miss any of the peak season spectacular views.

Things to Do in the White Mountains:

  • Take the Mount Washington Cog Railway for an unforgettable ascent to the summit.
  • Explore the Flume Gorge, which goes down 800 feet at the bottom of Mount Liberty.
  • Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, renowned for its stunning autumn colors.

Day 5: Stowe, Vermont

Next, your tour moves to Stowe, Vermont, a quintessential New England town known for its picturesque landscapes and charming village center, which looks ethereal during the peak Fall foliage season.

Things to Do in Stowe:

  • Visit the Trapp Family Lodge, a unique mountain resort with European flair.
  • Hike the trails at Smugglers’ Notch State Park.
  • Stroll through Stowe’s downtown area, filled with quaint shops and restaurants.

Day 6: Burlington and Lake Champlain

On the shores of Lake Champlain, we have Burlington, which has a vibrant arts scene and beautiful waterfront views.

Things to Do in Burlington:

  • Explore the Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian-only shopping and dining district.
  • Visit the Shelburne Museum, showcasing American art and history.
  • Take a cruise on Lake Champlain to see the fall foliage from the water.

Day 7: Woodstock and Quechee Gorge

The tour’s final leg takes you to Woodstock and Quechee Gorge in Vermont, offering a perfect blend of nature and history.

Things to Do in Woodstock and Quechee:

  • Visit the Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm and museum of Vermont’s rural heritage.
  • Walk across the Middle Covered Bridge, an iconic Vermont landmark.
  • Explore Quechee Gorge, known as “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon,” with stunning views and hiking trails.

Want to Experience New England During Peak Fall Foliage, But Don’t Know How? 

New England Tours is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service, ensuring a memorable and enriching travel experience during peak Fall foliage season. We offer the best guided tour in New England, with multiple departures for your convenience:

Taste of New England

Embark on a journey through the timeless beauty of New England, where each moment is steeped in history and charm. From the vibrant streets of Boston, where the echoes of revolution resound, to the quaint villages of the Berkshires and the majestic peaks of Vermont’s Green Mountains, immerse yourself in the essence of autumn’s splendor. Traverse the scenic byways of New Hampshire, where tranquil lakes and picturesque lighthouses beckon, before venturing to Maine’s rugged coastline for a taste of maritime adventure. Indulge in maple syrup tastings, explore historic mansions, and savor the flavors of local cuisine, all while surrounded by the vibrant hues of fall foliage. With each stop, uncover the rich tapestry of New England’s cultural heritage, leaving you with cherished memories of a journey that transcends time and captivates the soul. Read more.

Our guided tours offer a perfect blend of sightseeing, fine accommodations, unique regional dining experiences, and ample leisure time. With a commitment to regional expertise, exceptional value, and unparalleled service, New England Tours takes pride in being a leader in group vacation travel. The combination of history, culture, fine accommodations, regional cuisine, and leisure time creates a well-rounded and fulfilling travel experience. Friendly and knowledgeable tour directors are always available to assist and ensure you have the most enjoyable travel experience possible.

Peak Fall Foliage Tour – Tips:

  • Pack Layers: New England has a diverse range of unpredictable weather, so it’s best to keep some extra layers to stay comfortable.
  • Bring a Camera: Capture the stunning fall foliage and scenic landscapes.
  • Book Early: Peak season for fall foliage tours is extremely popular among travelers, so its better to book in advance.
  • Stay Hydrated: Walking and hiking to enjoy the foliage can be tiring; keep water handy.
  • Respect Nature: Stay on marked trails and respect local wildlife and plants.

Priorities for Making Your Peak Season Trip More Than Ever:

Unique Dining Experiences

Unique dining experiences are a highlight, allowing you to savor local flavors and regional specialties. From classic New England clam chowder to maple syrup-infused dishes, the culinary journey is as rich as the visual one.

Leisure Time for Personal Exploration

Allow ample leisure time is built for personal exploration. This balance ensures you can enjoy the structured tours and be free to discover hidden gems on your own. Whether it’s a cozy café you stumble upon or a local market, these personal moments often become the most cherished memories.

Planning Your Tour

When planning your peak Fall foliage tour in New England, remember that “peak” season is quite short.  It starts in Northern New England and moves South with the arrival of chilly nights, generally beginning in the last days of September and ending in mid-October. This period has the most vibrant and colorful displays of foliage.


An autumn tour of New England during peak Fall foliage season is an unforgettable experience. The stunning fall foliage, historic towns, and charming landscapes create a perfect backdrop for a memorable vacation. With New England Tours, you are guaranteed exceptional service, comfortable accommodations, and a well-planned itinerary that captures what the region offers. Book your New England autumn tour today and immerse yourself in the beauty of this picturesque region. Whether you’re a history lover, nature lover, or simply looking to enjoy the stunning fall foliage, New England has something for everyone. Join us this peak season and discover the magic of New England in autumn.