There’s nothing like fall where you experience the change of the seasons with the color explosion that autumn brings.  The east coast states are well known as the area for the best fall colors and a road trip is in order to capture the spirit of it all.  Below are the top 10 spots for your journey:

  1. Kent: One of the most picturesque drives in Connecticut is the drive on US7 from Kent to Housatonic Meadows State Park.  This scenic road meanders through beautiful forests with brilliant colors and a covered bridge.  Plus, you’ll drive by a waterfall adding to your experience.
  2. Cornwall Bridge: Situated in Housatonic Meadows State Park in Cornwall, this historic covered bridge is one of the most photographed locations in the United States during the fall season.
  3. Central Park: Located in the heart of New York City, Central Park offers residents and visitors a spectacular display of colors around mid to end of October.  Numerous walkways take you to beautiful ponds and lakes where on a clear day, you’ll relish the reflection of the fall foliage in the glistening waters.
  4. Candlewood Lake: This large lake in Connecticut offers visitors the opportunity to walk along the shoreline for beautiful vistas of the trees turning colors.  In addition, you’ll be able to spot acres of vineyards dotting the hillside landscape.  A tour to the DiGrazia vineyard for an adult beverage may be in order as the perfect way to finish the day.
  5. The Berkshires: If you want to get an early start on a tour for the best fall colors, the Berkshires should be one of your first stops.  Situated in the western part of Massachusetts, you’ll find this mountainous region starting to turn into brilliant gold and deep red colors around end of September.
  6. Litchfield Hills: Another prime location in Connecticut is Litchfield Hills.  Picturesque farms and churches dot the hilly landscape for dramatic photo opportunities.  Wonderful hiking opportunities and picnic spots are available to enjoy a tranquil lunch.
  7. Diamond Hill Park: Located in Cumberland, Rhode Island, this large park spanning nearly 375 acres offers dramatic vistas to enjoy to the fall foliage bursting with color.  Numerous walking trails, picnic areas and ponds can be found throughout the park.
  8. Boylston: This quaint village, established in the late 1700s, offers historic charm alongside the Wachusett Reservoir recreational area filled with an explosion of fall colors.  This area is also home to the Tower Hill Botanical Garden.
  9. Grafton:  Grafton, located in Vermont, is another beautiful small town retaining its historic flavor.  In addition to fall colors blazing their way into many photo opportunities, you can explore several galleries, museums or stop by the Village Cheese House to taste samples of delectable types of cheeses.
  10. Mad River Valley:  Another Vermont location for fall foliage is Mad River Valley.  You can enjoy crimson vistas of the forests on foot or opt for a scenic flight by air with a local tour company.  Several bed & breakfasts are located in this area affording you a relaxing way to enjoy the splendor of fall.