Dreaming in Color: Photos of New England Fall Foliage

Autumn in New England (USA) is a destination on every travel photographer’s bucket list. My last visit to see the fall foliage was far too long ago. Now, as spring settles into the southern hemisphere, I can dream about nature’s vivid colours on the other side of the world.

New England hills are bursting with colour. The 2016 season is painting in vibrant shades of rusts, oranges, purples, golds and vermillions across all six New England states. They call it “Leaf Peeping” season. Come and peep with me . . . .

Fall foliage reflection in Maine USA

Fall foliage reflection in Maine
Photo credit: Maine Office of Tourism

Fall foliage colors displayed in Jericho Mountain State Park, Berlin, New Hampshire USA

Jericho Mountain State Park, Berlin, New Hampshire
Photo credit: New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine USA

Autumn sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
Photo credit: Maine Office of Tourism

Autumn fall foliage trail in Arrostook County, Maine USA

Autumn fall foliage trail in Aroostook County, Maine
Photo credit: Maine Office of Tourism

Vibrant fall foliage in Vermont USA

Vibrant fall foliage in Vermont
Photo credit: Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing

Colorful and reflective New England fall foliage. This photo from Vermont USA

Another scenic view in Vermont
Photo credit: Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing

Colorful New England fall foliage highlighted outside of Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut USA

Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut
Photo credit: Connecticut Office of Tourism

Pine Acres Pond, Goodwin State Forest, Connecticut USA - New England fall foliage

Pine Acres Pond, Goodwin State Forest, Connecticut
Photo credit: Connecticut Office of Tourism

Child playing in the leaves in Salem, Massachusetts USA

Child playing in the leaves in Salem, Massachusetts
Photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Beautiful autumn colors seen along this river in North Conway, New Hampshire USA

River in North Conway, New Hampshire
Photo credit: New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development

Scenic fall view of autumn New England colors in Vermont USA

Scenic fall view in Vermont
Photo credit: Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing

We missed fall foliage on our recent visit to the USA as it was both the wrong season and opposite coast.

Practical Information:

  • New England states include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. They cover the northeast corner of the United States.
  • While nature decides the ideal days, the leaf peeping season runs from mid-September to mid-October.
  • If I were heading to the states now, I would pick up a copy of Lonely Planet New England Fall Foliage Road Trips.
  • More information is available from Discover New England.

Have you seen the New England fall foliage? Do you have a favourite state to visit? Do you get lovely autumn colours where you live? Are you inspired?

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A collection of New England fall foliage photos. This photo by Jim Eaton.

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Discover New England, a nonprofit cooperative destination marketing organisation that promotes New England tourism internationally in partnership with the state tourism offices of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Rhonda – stunning photos and area at this time of year: one I’ve never seen … but I do love our Autumn showings … glorious colours, scrunch of dry leaves and earthy smells … we’ll be like that here soon … cheers HIlary

  2. says

    We do have the change of seasons here in OH. It’s not quite time yet. Leaves are still green, thank goodness. It won’t be long,though. Never been to New England for leaf peeping! Hope you have a great week and enjoy the beginning of Spring!

  3. Kristi says

    This is my neck of the woods! The colors are amazing, aren’t they? We love to drive the Mohawk Trail – Rte. 2 to see all the gorgeous foliage here in MA.

  4. says

    I bet New England is crazy colorful right now, my cuz in PA says it’s gorgeous there but not peak. I’d estimate about a week before we get peak colors here, so much depends on weather. Today it was supposed to be the start of a rainy cold end to the nice weather for awhile if not the season today and it was in the seventies so who knows.

  5. says

    Ahhhhhhhh Autumn is my favorite part of year when it comes to color. I don’t like the rainy part of it, but the colors make up for it. You have really collected a beautiful set of of pictures here. thank you for sharing and stopping by. You’re duh best!!!

  6. Rachael@safari254 says

    I love how beautiful the colours are in fall but being a lover of the sun I would much rather live in my practically season-less country 🙂

    • says

      Wow, that would be magical and very timely. I would imagine once the snow arrived the colours left rather quickly. And my only visit to New England for the changing colours was also pre-blogging days.

  7. says

    Autumn is my FAVORITE season!! I love it so much and here in Germany its so amazing, that at the end of this month we’re getting married in a beautiful garden (if the weather is nice) with tress in full fall foliage! #Wkendtravelinspiration

  8. says

    The pictures are absolutely stunning, oh gosh those reds and oranges are really amazing! I definitely would like to see with my own eyes. I think autumn is quite a magical season 🙂

  9. says

    it’s the maple trees. They seem to be unique to the Northeast US and eastern Canada and they really do make fall burst with colors, especially that red. Though the oaks and other trees play a nice supporting role, too. it’s my favorite time of year.

  10. says

    I am dreaming of this colors, Rhonda. I miss New England and the beautiful display of fall foliage that I’ve got to enjoy while our son lived in Connecticut. Great pictures! I love them.

  11. says

    Seeing New England in fall seems like a uniquely American experience. I love visiting places in autumn and your photos truly show how beautiful it can be there. Thanks for hosting! #wkendtravelinspiration

  12. says

    Beautiful! You’ve outdone yourself! I don’t live in an area with beautiful fall foliage anymore so I’ve tried to do some leaf peeping in the last few years – New Hampshire, Shenandoah National Park – but I don’t think it’s in the cards this year. Makes me want to plan something now for next year!

  13. says

    I have never been to New England during the fall (only during summer and winter) but every picture I see makes me really want to get up there to see it for myself. I must say, however, the Chicago area also does a pretty good job at inspiring the senses during the leaf peeping season. #weekendwanderlust

  14. says

    These photos are amazing! Couldn’t stop smiling while taking a look at them. I came back from a trip to California’s Eastern Sierra. THe objective was to see the fall colors. We did see some colors but nothing compared to what you have shown in here. Hope we can make it to the East Coast one day to see the better foliage.

  15. says

    I’ve always wanted to do a Leaf Peeping roadtrip around New England, but the school calendar makes it impossible. I have about 10 years until I’m an empty nester before I can realistically plan this dream trip. I’m down in Texas where there climate doesn’t really lend itself to a gorgeous display of fall colors.

  16. says

    Rhonda, Fall is my favorite time of year, and you just can’t beat the foliage of New England. I miss it, too. Don’t you just love the photo of the little girl? Stunning!

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