Fall Foliage Sightseeing

Fall colors should be at their peak in Western Massachusetts in mid-October. Five trips suggested below provide opportunities to see the color and the countryside. Watch the "leaf peepers" forecasts for peak fall color locations as other trips are possible, including venturing north into the Mt. Manadnock region of New Hampshire or south towards Newport, R.I., or Mystic, Conn. You'll need a good map for detailed directions.

  1. Old Sturbridge Village - A 50-mile round trip on US Hwy 20 to this reconstructed colonial village. Visit Old Sturbridge Village for hours and entrance fees.
  2. Concord and Minuteman National Park - 75 miles of back roads will take you to the historic Concord and Lexington battle sites, where Paul Revere was captured and the site of Longfellow's Wayside Inn, (Rte 9 to US Hwy 20 to Rte 126 to Rte 62 to Rte 70, plus a side venture on Rte 2A in the park).
  3. Quabbin Reservoir - A 100-mile RT loop along back roads around the water source for Boston. (Rte 122 to US Hwy 202 to Rte 9). For more information, visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
  4. Pioneer Valley Scholastic Circuit - This-150 mile loop takes you through the Connecticut River valley with stops in Historic Deerfield (Deerfield Academy), Northampton (Smith College), Amherst (Amherst College), and near UMass and Mt. Holyoke College (I-190 to Rte 140 to Rte 2 to I-91 to Rte 9).
  5. Berkshire Mountains and the Mohawk Trail - An overnight trip is recommended for this 210-mile RT over and through the Berkshire Mountains and to the beautiful villages of Williamstown (Williams College) and Lenox (I-190 to Rte 140 to Rte 2 to Rte 7 to US Hwy 20 to I-90 (Mass. turnpike) to I-290).
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