October is finally here! Be honest – you’re excited for the chilly weather, football Sundays, scary movie marathons…and maybe even a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s okay, you can admit it. We have to say we’re most excited to see the beautiful foliage on weekend road trips! There’s nothing better than packing up your car on a crisp Saturday morning (with or without a pumpkin spice latte) and hitting the road. Where to, you ask? We put together a quick list of the 5 best places to visit during the season! Check them out!
1.) The Berkshires If you’re headed for Massachusetts, the Berkshires are the place to go. Known simply for the abundance of gorgeous trees adorned with red and golden leaves accompanied by winding roads, this destination will not disappoint. Head to the Berkshires if you just want to stop and take it all in. No need to create a to-do list for this trip; simply arrive and the rest will take care of itself. The best time to go for peak season is around mid-October. No matter when you decide to take the trip though, it’ll be beautiful no matter what.
2.) Rhode Island Whether you want picturesque, rural scenery or a quaint little town, Rhode Island has pretty much everything you could want in a weekend trip. Spend some time meandering around the hilly meadows before heading into a local shop for some unique shopping. Make sure to stop at the inevitable orchard or pumpkin patch to get the full feel of autumn. To get the most of the foliage, head to Rhode Island during the third and fourth weeks of October. If you stay along the coast, much of the scenery is still vibrant at the beginning of November. You have plenty of time!
3.) Vermont Fun Fact: 80% of the state is forested. Because of this, it’s said to have the most intense range of foliage colors anywhere on the continent. Have we convinced you to go yet? Cities and towns in Vermont are few and far between, creating very few distractions from the deep reds and vibrant yellows of the leaves. The colors will leave you speechless. They say the best time to check out Vermont is early October; the southern area peaks about a week later than the north.
4.) New Hampshire Another state to be graced with charming little villages and bridges, New Hampshire will give you a little bit of everything. Even if you spend most of your time in a local town, you’ll still be able to experience the beautiful surrounding scenery. Head here in early October for the best views but it can vary by up to four weeks. It’ll be perfect whenever you decide to go!
5.) Maine Many of the types of trees you’ll find in Maine are what makes this location so special. Pine, spruce, and fir trees always seem to deepen the hues, creating a view that’s out of this world. When you go further inland, you’ll find hardwoods like sugar maples, which are just as stunning. There are an abundance of mountains that have awesome overlooks, beautiful waterfalls, and lots of parks and hiking trails. The best time to go is mid-October. There’s something here for everyone!
There’s no better time than right now! Round up your friends and family and just GO!