Have you ever longed to get lost? Not follow a map and just see where the road takes you? This road trip is just for you! With only a few stops for fun fall activities and timed perfectly for peak New England Foliage season it allows you to hit the road (and the corn mazes) and get lost on purpose this fall.
We suggest visiting these areas in the first half of October allowing for peak apple season and witness to the most colorful leaves New England has to offer.
Apple Picking – Stow, MA
Central Massachusetts is a great place to start this road trip, not only is it packed with trees and rural areas of nature compared to the Boston area, but it is the center for apple orchards in Massachusetts. Peak Apple season starts in September and lasts through october but for best results early October is recommended. Stow and Bolton are popular locations for people all around Massachusetts and would make a great stop for anyone headed deeper into New England for the fall season. Make sure to grab a bag and stock up on apples for the rest of your trip and finish your apple picking experience with fresh apple cider and warm apple cider donuts!
Connors Farm – Danvers, MA
Offering many events, food, and fun Connor’s Farm is a hit as far as fall festivities go. Offering farm fresh produce, a playground for kids, apple picking, and a corn maze there are activities to fill your entire day! While COVID-19 likely will halt any festivals located on the farm, local food producers are still there on the weekends serving food like BBQ, hot dogs, fried dough, ice cream and so much more!
For those who enjoy a scare- Connors Farm hosts Hysteria Danvers throughout October featuring a haunted farm (similar to a haunted house but outside following a trail) and a flashlight maze. Connors Farm in Danvers is just 20 minutes from Salam MA, allowing for all halloween enthusiasts to visit the rich history of the city filled with halloween attractions.
The Great Vermont Corn Maze- Danvers, VT
The Great Vermont Corn Maze is a famous US corn maze with over 24 acres of maze to conquer. A unique feature of this corn maze is its location on a hill turning this maze not only into a stroll through some corn, but also an average of a 2.5 mile hike. Not up for the workout? They also offer a scenic maze with instructions that allow you to see all of the cool maze features without the frustration. In early October the corn stalks take on a more fall look, rather than their green summer look. This maze is a great stop and allows you to catch the changing foliage on your way through VT.
Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, but still offers a small town feel, a truly unique city. Located on the coast of Lake Champlain and to the west of the Green Mountains the ride there and a walk around the city is guaranteed to offer scenic views. Throughout October the Burlington Farmers Market offers an array of products every Saturday from over 90 vendors. While you may still be stocked up on apples from Stow, be sure to stop by for other fresh produce and a wholesome farmers market experience. If you make it there before the 10th of October, Burlington City Arts Council has two art exhibitions you can check out! Finally for those of age, Burlington offers a great craft beer scene with multiple breweries to try while you visit!
The White Mountains- NH
For all nature lovers the White Mountains in the fall are a must see. If you enjoy hiking this mountain range features a 100 mile loop that is easily broken into smaller hikes so you are able to pick and choose the peaks you visit. Not up for the climb? Drive up Mt Washington- the highest peak in the northeast. On a clear day from the Mt Washington summit you can see the entire valley of bright red, yellow, and orange leaves.
Beech Hill Corn Maze- Hopkinton, NH
Not a corn maze enthusiast? Want to participate but not be lost for hours on end? Beech Hill Corn Maze is a great NH alternative to the Great Vermont Corn Maze. Family friendly with two small themed corn mazes covering 8 acres total. This year’s corn maze themes are ocean action and animal olympics. With a scavenger hunt and lasting about 40 minutes kids are sure to be entertained without the frustration of getting lost! After the maze be sure to treat yourself to a delicious dessert from their ice cream barn!
Lake Winnipesaukee- NH
Lake Winnipesaukee is a popular vacation destination in NH throughout the summer, and it is just as worth it in the fall. An open lake surrounded by fall foliage is bound to get you in the autumn spirit. This option also allows for canoeing and kayaking on the lake for our more active adventure seekers, but also allows for boating for those who just want to float and enjoy the scenery.
Acadia National Park:
One of the top ten most visited national parks in the US, Acadia national park is full of activities for nature lovers. Featuring over 150 miles of hiking trails and being full of wildlife such as moose, bears, whales, and sea birds. Not up to hike? Take in the views for the 27 mile loop road that takes you on a tour of the famous park!
Maine Art Museum Trial:
Are you an art enthusiast? Want to look at more than the just the beautiful scenery on your trip to New England?
The Maine Art Museum Trail is a string of art museums along the coast of Maine, allowing you to not only enjoy the scenery but also some art that comes from this state. Featuring more than 73,000 pieces of art and 350 miles of fall scenery this route is sure to be eye catching.
Rhode Island is known for its beaches and summer fun, but the fun doesn’t stop when the warm weather does! Newport is a great place to go walk around, hang out, and grab food from one of their many popular restaurants. For our adventures eager to see the scenery, we suggest taking the Rail Explorers- pedal powered vehicles connected to a track that takes you along the historic Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay. This ride is about 90 minutes and allows you to fit in a workout and site seeing all at once.
For those who want a more calm and relaxing way to get into nature, Rhode Island is known for their birds, having over 300 species of birds in the area surrounding Newport and even including a sanctuary in Middletown.