In autumn, all of New England explodes in color as the weather cools and the fall foliage makes its dramatic appearance. With easy access to major highways that lead to western Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine (as well as everywhere else in New England), Boston's North Shore is a wonderful home base for a leaf-peeping road trip.
When to Visit
The general thumb is that the further north you are, the earlier the fall leaves start appearing. Early- to mid-September is a good time to view foliage in the upper parts of New Hampshire and Maine (near Canada) and the show moves continually southward as the calendar progresses into October. By early November, the show will be on its decline on the North Shore, but Connecticut and Rhode Island will still be having their turn.
Here are some great resources that can help you plan.
- The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism's site (massvacation.com) has a wealth of information about visiting MA and their "InstaFoliage" page is kind of amazing. It has real-time foliage cams and route maps of popular leaf-peeping routes -- even a route that loops around Cape Ann and the North Shore.
- Yankeefoliage.com (published by Yankee Magazine) features a live foliage map, a form to submit your own foliage sightings, a photo contest and a great article that discusses why you shouldn't worry about missing out on "peak" foliage.
- If you want to get closer to Nature than just speeding by it in a car, check out this list of Massachusetts Day Hikes from Boston.com. Included on the list is Gloucester's own Ravenswood Park, which is managed by The Trustees of Reservations. There are about 20 Reservations around the North Shore, all of them worth a visit.
- Boston Magazine plotted this trip from Beverly Farms, MA to Holderness, NH that passes all through the North Shore and up past Lake Winnipesaukee. It sounds like a perfect trip, even if we can't borrow their Bentley.
- Even if foliage isn't your thing, there is plenty to do on the North Shore! From apple- or pumpkin-picking, getting lost in a corn maze and much, much more, you will never get bored while visiting our area.
Where to Stay For Your Fall Colors Getaway
Atlantic Vacation Homes has vacation rental properties all over the North Shore, including Beverly and Beverly Farms, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, and Essex. Wherever you decide to base your fall foliage vacation, you'll be well-situated for exploring. You'll also enjoy our lower post-Labor Day rental rates!
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