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Hit the open road! Group tours provide guided commentary and information you may not encounter on your own, but limit your independence. Public transportation is authentic, but can be time-consuming and require lots of logistics. Having (or renting) your own vehicle frees up your schedule and your itinerary, not to mention allows you to poke around at anything that catches your fancy. From leaf peeping in New England to four-wheel driving across Bolivia’s salt flats to navigating the cliffs and waterfalls of Maui’s infamous Highway to Hana, our authors get behind the wheel with only whimsy (and a GPS) to guide them: The rest is sheer adventure.

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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 seasonal rite. In Your Bucket Because... Nothing ...
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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 colors. The second is more practical, but equally soul-satisfying: to ...
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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 Berkshires are the state's third biggest ...
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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 towns of Route 1. There ...
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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 mile after mile of ...
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New Hampshire, Lincoln, Loon Mountain Resort,

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 orange, and the birches are ...
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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 high-desert landscape of  sapphire lakes, alpine meadows, ...
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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 front of the TV. It’s October and his ...
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