Fall is a busy season in Massachusetts, thanks to the fall foliage, apple picking season, collegiate and professional sports, a new performing arts season and various college and family activities.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has put together five ideas for enjoying one of the most beautiful seasons in the Commonwealth.
Foliage in Massachusetts is just reaching its peak at the end of October and through the first week of November.
There are so many places to enjoy foliage in Massachusetts, it is hard to pick out a few. But certainly western Massachusetts, because it is so heavily forested, is a good place to start. The Berkshires has seven different Driving Tours that take visitors all through the mountains and the tiny villages in that area. The Mohawk Trail, which includes the famous Mount Greylock, Mount Sugarloaf and the Quabbin Reservoir are definitely worth the trip. And so is the Blackstone River Valley in Central Massachusetts.
In this area of the Merrimack Valley, right outside of Boston, you have the beauty of Walden Pond, where we are now, and the nearby Minuteman National Park, which provide not only natural beauty but historical significance too.
Walden Pond is a great place to enjoy the foliage while meditating on nature, and so is Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord and Sudbury. Further north is the Great Brooks Farm in Carlisle, which has over 1000 acres of wooded land and 20 miles of trails.
A wonderful foliage experience is to drive up and down the coast, where you can contrast the seascape and the landscape. From Salisbury, Newburyport and Gloucester on the North Shore down to the World’s End reservation in Hingham and down to Cape Cod, there are dozens of choice places to enjoy the foliage while looking out at the ocean.
For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to Massvacation.com