4 Incredible Places for “Peeping” The Changing Leaves in New England

August 15th, 2019 by

Ever heard the term “leaf peeping”? People (or: peeple) from all over the world come to New England to see the leaves changing during the Fall. That’s right. While you’re stuck in the office, some guy and his family from some other place are walking around your neighborhood on vacation. And they probably had a great one too.

Take a weekend trip! Spoil yourself with the leafy wonder that you might forget exists.

Here are four places you’ll have to check off on your leaf peeping bucket list:

Walden Pond

This one’s not too far of a drive from Boston. If you haven’t been you have a golden opportunity to check out (what seems to be) America’s most famous pond in its best light. The nature writer Henry David Thoreau loved Walden so much that he decided he’d keep his mouth shut about it. That way nobody would ever find out how great this pond really was. Until now. Or actually, no…he wrote a full memoir called Walden and it’s a cornerstone in American culture.

That being said, its beauty is more than the history. In the fall, the serene waters reflect that foliage in a way that might make any grown man weep. And that’s okay. It’s 2019.

Drive up to Maine

All you really need to know is that Maine is what Autumn thinks it is. Does that make sense? That’s right. If the leaves are turning, all you need to do is get in your car and drive to Maine. That’s Fall.

You might wonder “oh should I plan a fall trip or-“ No. If you plan too much you might end up moving there. It’s wild.

However, if you haven’t done it yet: head to Acadia National Park. You get the best of both worlds with the rocky Maine coast and an outstanding, vibrant collection of your favorite Fall colors. It’s like surround sound but for your nature loving eyes.


From the brick laden streets to the architecture of old and new, Boston is a city colored by the moods of fall. You might live there and go “yep, fall’s great but my rake is broken and I don’t want to think about it right now.” Rather than sulking, there’s plenty of outdoor leaf peeping plans waiting for you.

Before the leaves are gone: walk through Beacon Hill toward the Esplanade, then up to the Fens, turn back down Newbury Street and meander back toward Commonwealth Ave and into the Boston Public Gardens. On a gorgeous Autumn day, the walk itself will be one of the most American things you could do.


Are you looking for a day trip or even a camping weekend among the leaves? You won’t find any snowy ski slopes just yet but when you hop along The Shires of Vermont Byway you’ll be right smack dab in the middle of any leaf peeper’s leafiest dreams. You can stop and visit the shops and galleries along the way too. It’s a great drive if you’re crunched for time and a month long hiking tour up the Long Trail seems out of reach

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