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Boston Fall Foliage


The New England region is well known for its spectacular scenery, especially during the fall with the leaves and trees that transform into various shades or yellow, orange, red and brown. There is a lot of spectacular fall foliage virtually anywhere in Boston and its surrounding areas and many places nearby to go for the perfect fall getaway.

To get a glimpse at the best Boston fall foliage, you can head to some of the city’s scenic parks such as the Boston Common. This peaceful park right in the middle of the city provides beautiful fall foliage with hundreds of trees with a kaleidoscope of rich colors and shape leaves. There is a lot of open space and tables where you can have a picnic while enjoying the scenery. You can also rent one of the famous swan boats and glide across the water while admiring the different colored trees and plants.

The Boston Public Garden which is adjacent to the Boston Common also offers an amazing backdrop of fall foliage colors amidst many pathways, and ducks, geese and swans in the lake. For an even more romantic experience, head over to the Arnold Arboretum which also has a breathtaking blaze of fall foliage. It has one of the widest ranges of colors in Boston in over 15,000 different trees and plants. Also check out the Mount Auburn Cemetery for beautiful fall foliage. You can also admire the fall foliage just by walking most of the streets of the residential neighborhoods of Boston, and the nearby towns of Cambridge and Sommerville.




Boston Fall Foliage

To get some good exercise while you take in the beautiful view of the fall foliage in Boston, head over to the Charles River Esplanade. Here there are many trails for walking, running or biking while you get a great view of the surrounding trees and colors. You can also see the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from here and Cambridge across the Charles River.

If you are willing to get away from Boston’s downtown area, you will be able to discover some of the best fall foliage in all of New England. One of the most popular places in Massachusetts to explore fall foliage is in the scenic mountains of the Berkshires, which has a peak foliage period between October first and October 15. While you’re there, be sure to admire the leaves from the Berkshire Scenic Railway's vintage trains. You can also spend the afternoon apple-picking at places such as the Hilltop Orchards, or even pick your own Indian corn with various colors.

Boston Fall Foliage

Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts is also a wonderful place to enjoy the beautiful Massachusetts fall foliage. In the winter, the mountain is a popular skiing destination, but in the fall the rolling hills are transformed into a myriad of maroons, reds, and deep yellows, attracting visitors from all over the Northeast. They are an ideal place to go hiking both during the summer and the fall seasons. At the top of the mountain, you can even see the Boston skyline. If you’re here in October, don’t miss out on Applefest, which is the most popular apple festival in the area and features dozens of arts and crafts, farmers’ booths, many activities for children, but also Scenic Foliage Skyrides to the Summit.




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