Amber. Bronze. Crimson. Gold. New England’s brilliant fall foliage lures leaf peepers far and wide every autumn. After all, what’s better than experiencing a panorama of fiery colors, hiking down wooded trails and enjoying the quaint townships of the New England countryside? You just need to decide when to go and where to stay. Your Travel Leaders St. Louis travel agents can help you navigate the many New England fall foliage tours available to you. Whether you’re from Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ellisville, Ballwin, Town & Country or any city, we can get you there.
Peak foliage timing changes every year, so check with us on the color forecast and special deals, especially getaways from St. Louis during the midweek. New England towns are ready to cater to the needs of fall travelers, whether you want to stay in a historic clapboard inn, a B&B or a posh hotel. Here are a few of our favorite places:
Acadia National Park is located along Maine’s northern rugged coastline, about 50 miles southwest of Bangor. With a diverse vista of woodlands, lakes and mountains, the park is ablaze with color in the fall. Hike trails by foot, bike or horseback, and be sure to see the view from Cadillac Mountain. For a taste of small town life on the American seacoast, stay in one of several nearby villages, including Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Seal Harbor.
There may be no prettier combination of shoreline, village, forest and mountains than Camden, Maine. Situated in the middle of Maine’s rocky coast, Camden is a jewel of vivid color in the fall. The town itself has a tall ships harbor, superb dining, and plenty of shopping and antiquing. Nearby opportunities include vineyards, apple-picking orchards and hiking and biking trails.
The Green Mountains and Route 100 Scenic Byway, Vermont
For you drivers who love the slow pace of visiting every small town in your path during New England Fall Foliage tours, the Route 100 Scenic Byway is 138 miles of natural beauty. It hugs the Green Mountains as it stretches from Vermont’s border with Massachusetts up to Canada. Route 100 passes through 20 towns of historical significance, cultural interest and small town charm, including Stowe, Warren and Weston. If you want to get your ice cream fix, visit Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury.
Charming and wholesome, the 18th century town of Woodstock, Vermont, doesn’t have a traffic light or a chain store in sight. That makes the center of town a great place to stroll, shop for one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, or enjoy gourmet restaurants, bakeries and pubs. Experience the working farm culture, hike nearby trails or play the 18-hole masterpiece golf course.
Kancamagus Highway and Exeter, New Hampshire
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway spans 34 miles from Lincoln to Conway, New Hampshire, with breathtaking views of the White Mountain National Forest, Swift River and Sabbaday Falls. The pristine area offers numerous hiking trails and campgrounds. Less than two hours from Conway is the historic town of Exeter, which features its quintessential general store, many excellent cafes and art galleries, and nearby covered bridges.
Fortunately for travelers and travel agents, St. Louis is right in the middle of the country making the flights to begin memorable New England Fall Foliage tours an easy discovery. Call Marcie, Sandy, Madelyn, Ron or Beth at 636.778.1081 or visit us in Chesterfield Valley near Starbucks at 17281 Chesterfield Airport Road to book your next vacation. And remember, whether you’re from Wildwood, Chesterfield or beyond, our advice and knowledge is always no charge.