Fall Foliage Tours from Boston
By Viator, May 2014
Typically, the best time to experience fall foliage season in and around Boston is mid-October, when the orange, red, green and purple leaves are at their brightest. Viator offers a Fall Foliage Spectacular Tour that takes travelers through the New England countryside from Boston. Picture scenery filled with tranquil ponds, working farms, colonial churches, weathered taverns and colorful woodland, making photo stops along the way. A lunch stop and visit to an orchard are also part of the experience.
There’s also an Autumn on Old Cape Cod Tour from Boston that’s great during fall foliage season. The excursion features both a luxury coach tour and cruise, and also has a sightseeing element. First you’ll pass through Quincy and see the Adams Mansion -- the birthplace of two presidents -- to learn about American history. Once you pass the Cape Cod Canal you’ll explore Sandwich, the oldest town in Cape Cod. The Sandwich Glass Museum, Dexter Grist Mill and fall foliage touring are also part of the experience before boarding a cruise for waterfront views and a different perspective of the leaf’s changing colors.
If you rent a car you can also enjoy a self-guided fall foliage drive from Boston. There are many options for this. One scenic drive that’s spectacular is autumn is Route 133 through countryside towns like Essex, Ipswich and Rowley until you end up near the sea. Another scenic fall foliage drive is Route 7 through the Berkshire area, passing grassy towns and heading into the mountains. Moreover, US Route 20 -- also called the Jacob’s Ladder Trail -- is a National Scenic Byway that takes you to the Mass Pike and is full of colorful photo opportunities. Even without a car it’s still possible to explore fall foliage in Boston if you visit outdoor spaces like Mount Auburn Cemetery, Boston Public Garden and Arnold Arboretum.