Fall Foliage: The Bucket List

Halloween-style jail in the Joan of Arc Garden in Québec City (Photo: MCArnott)

Hounding Halloween Ghosts in Québec City, Canada

A giant spider crawls on the side of an office building. A sailing ship has run aground in front of Québec City Hall. Halloween decorations set the tone for our family visit to Québec City, with grandchildren in tow. Ships have a lot to do with Read More

Canyons Chairlift (Canyons Resort)

Climbing Through Golden Aspens in Park City, Utah

As a New Englander, I’m spoiled for foliage. I have always smugly believed in the superiority of our country roads lined in red maples. Then I saw mile after mile of Utah mountainsides painted in bright yellow aspens; it broadened my view. And it Read More

Burnet Red Foliage Warms the Capitol Dome and Statue of Freedom in Washington, D.C. (photo credit: Chuck Eirschele, c 2008)

Discovering Fall Color Among the Historical Monuments and Memorials of Washington, D.C.

Dusk has arrived and the restaurant we have been searching for -- seemingly for hours -- is nowhere in sight. It is our first night walking in Washington, D.C. and my dogs, to put it colloquially, are barking. My family and I have just taken a left Read More

Lush, green vines turn golden as fall enters Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon. l

Exploring Wine Country’s Fall Color in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon

  Never a day passes that I don’t marvel at the beauty of where I live, but never more so than when the early fall frenzy of grape-pickers at work, crushers and pressers in motion is over. With the last cluster removed, I watch the Read More

Cresson Covered Bridge in Swanzey, NH (Stillman Rogers Photo)

A Fall Foliage Tour of Covered Bridges in Southwestern New Hampshire

Suspended in a cloud of red, orange and yellow foliage, a covered bridge -- the most cherished of New England icons – becomes a metaphor for everything autumn.  A covered bridge tour ranks right up there with apple picking and pumpkin carving as a Read More

Gala Apples at Allyson's Orchard in Walpole, NH (Stillman Rogers Photo)

Foliage and Harvest Tour of New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Valley

Each fall, two powerful urges draw me to drive along the broad fertile valley where the Connecticut River separates my native New Hampshire from neighboring Vermont. The first is to satisfy my soul with valley views brilliantly painted in fall Read More

White Mountain Fall Foliage (Stillman Rogers Photo)

Viewing Fall Foliage from New Hampshire’s Conway Scenic Railroad

The big Victorian rail station is a stand-out in the center of North Conway, in northern New Hampshire, and the starting point for the Conway Scenic Railroad. Scenic it certainly is: The route travels through the heart of the White Mountains, Read More

Autumn in the Berkshires

Driving Route 7 through the Massachusetts Berkshires: A Fall Foliage Road Trip

I am a travel writer, but today, I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to tell you about what I see, "dooh, dooh, dooh, looking' out my back door." In a phrase, one of the prettiest places in the world. Millions of tourists agree: The Massachusetts Read More

Leaves hang over Knights Pond (Photo by Rachael Cerrotti)

A Private Viewing of Maine’s Fall Foliage on Knights Pond Road

Tucked away in Northport, Maine is a barely-inhabited pond that for me distills what it means to be in Maine in the autumn. Peaceful and quiet, Knights Pond Road is a well-kept secret, a haven passed over by those traveling up and down the tourist Read More

Interstate parkway I-93 Franconia Notch New Hampshire

Finding Fall Foliage in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch

Before you can truly claim to have leaf-peeped, you have to see New Hampshire’s fall foliage from on high with a 360-degree view. True, the color isn’t as bright as it is when you can single out each sun-struck leaf on the maple tree overhead, but Read More

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Driving the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire’s Fall Foliage Season

New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway is scarcely a highway, but it’s not a secret back road, either. This 42-mile route over the spine of the White Mountains is open year round, but it is at its best when the maples alongside it have turned red and Read More

Fall Bishop Creek c. Jim Kellett

Finding Fall Foliage on the Eastern Slope of California’s Sierra Nevada

Those in love with wide-open spaces and scenic vistas are mightily pleased when they cross over to the backside of California’s Sierra Nevada. True at any time of the year, this becomes overwhelmingly so when autumn adds a riot of color to the Read More

The shadow of a hot air balloon falls on a forest's autumn colors. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier, c 2012)

Autumn Hot Air Ballooning Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The pilot guides our hot air balloon toward a forest ablaze in autumn colors. She gently lowers the basket until it brushes the treetops, a maneuver she tells me is called contouring. I’ve gone leaf peeping by car on scenic drives and on foot Read More

Enjoying the view from atop Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier, c 2012)

Autumn Leaf Peeping in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park

We’re nearing the end of an enjoyable family outing motoring along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park when my husband decides it’s time for a break. He pulls into Skyland Resort, orders a beer in the Mountain Taproom and positions himself in Read More