While the Boston area shines uniquely in all four seasons, there’s something magical about the bright colorful leaves, crisp air, and pristine orchards that take over every autumn. Tourists will flock to New England destinations like New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, Maine’s Acadia National Park, and Vermont’s Green Mountains for the autumn fall foliage experience, but there are plenty of stunning opportunities right here in Massachusetts.
From coastal beauty to mountain majesty, Massachusetts provides it all. Walk, drive, or cruise these beautiful Boston-area leaf peeping experiences!
Just five miles north of Boston, the Fells features more than 100 miles of scenic trails and multiple ponds, making this local state park a perfect place to leaf peep. The Fells spans across Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, and Winchester — a convenient sightseeing adventure for city-dwelling families.
The Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires features amazing fall views combined with the charm of artsy small towns. One recommend route is to start in Williamstown and take the trail (Route 2) east through North Adams. Once you arrive in Charlemont you can take a leaf peeping detour on Route 8A to cross the Bissell Covered Bridge. The town of North Adams also embraces the fall season with its Fall Foliage Festival in October, complete with a parade and family activities. It is also worthwhile to check out nearby historic Greenfield and view colorful leaf backdrops from the lookout at Poet’s Seat Tower and the beautiful views of the Jacob’s Ladder Byway.
Cape Cod wouldn’t usually enter my mind as a spot for fall since I associate it with summer and beaches, but there are some perfect areas to take in the New England foliage without traveling too far. Once you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you can exit onto Route 6A. This will provide a rural route with twists and turns through the historic town of Sandwich. Travel along Old King’s Highway, which winds around the Cape Cod Bay — you’ll see plenty of picturesque ponds and pastures to take in on your route. If driving isn’t your thing, hop on to the Cape Cod Railway for one of their spectacular scenic train rides!
The Blue Hills feels like the perfect fall retreat — without the hassle of driving far from the city. Its 6,000-acre park covers parts of Quincy, Milton, Braintree, Randolph, Canton, and Dedham. The reservation is well known for its hiking trails, giving both nature and fitness lovers the ability to explore the season while squeezing in some family exercise.
Broadmoor Sanctuary is a beautiful park in Natick and a favorite spot for bird watching. The sanctuary hosts many hiking trails and is located on the Indian Brook and the Charles River. A visit to Broadmoor provides an amazing array of wildlife watching — you can also follow trails to wide open fields and streams. It’s a perfect local score for foliage finders and nature lovers.
Gain a little history as you peep the amazing foliage along the road of the Revolutionary War battles! This byway travels through the towns of Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord. The heavily wooded area provides spectacular colors every year without fail.