The Best New England Fall Foliage Tours Worth Your Money

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Looking for New England fall foliage tours? You’ve come to the right place.

If you want to see the New England fall colors in all their glory, a tour can be a fantastic idea. Whether you want to go on a quick day tour or a grand multi-day adventure, we’ve compiled all the best options for New England fall tours below. 

We understand that not everybody wants to plan their own New England road trip. (If you do, check out our comprehensive itinerary to help you plan!) Some travelers greatly prefer the convenience of a guided tour or an escorted tour. These tours are already planned for you, designed to take you to all the best spots, and generally to provide you with a wonderful experience. 

Don’t go searching through dozens of websites for the best in New England autumn tours. We’ve collected them all right here for you so you can easily find the perfect option and book it. So, let’s start dreaming and planning about your adventure in the stunning New England foliage. 

A quick note: While I haven’t personally been on these tours (my husband & I prefer independent travel), I am from Vermont and have spent many years exploring the amazing region of New England. These tours cover the places I’ve traveled to, and I made sure to include those New England driving tours I think will take you to the top destinations in New England. Happy trip planning!

Short New England Fall Foliage Tours – Day Trips

If you’ve only got one day to experience fall in New England, don’t worry: there are lots of one-day trips that will give you a great overview of the gorgeous foliage. 

Boston: Fall Foliage Tour 

This tour provides you with a great day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Departing from Boston, the tour lasts 11 hours and brings you north through the changing trees. Around the halfway mark, there will be a short stop to refresh/refuel with coffee or cider. 

One great thing about this tour is that it takes you along the famed Kancamagus Highway, a 34-mile stretch of road through the White Mountains that boasts some of New England’s prettiest foliage. 

For waterfall-lovers, this tour includes stops at 2, which are easily accessed by short hiking trails. This tour also includes a 2-hour stop for lunch and shopping in charming North Conway. 

Finally, the final stop takes you to the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Hotel. With its incredible views, this epic spot is the highlight of the tour for many. 

Throughout your tour, your guide will provide plenty of commentary on the surrounding area. 

Pick-up is at your hotel (or a designated pick-up area). Water and snacks are included on the tour, and the tour makes stops where you can purchase food as well. (Cider donuts, anyone?) 

 

Fall Foliage Spectacular with Buffet Lunch

Prefer a slightly shorter tour that includes lunch? You might like this 9-hour day trip. Like the previous tour, this also departs from Boston, but takes a different route through the New England countryside. 

You’ll head up to New Hampshire to view the idyllic mountains and vibrant leaves. Alongside the foliage, you’ll pass many quaint villages and homes. The tour stops for photo opportunities in places like a classic covered bridge. 

Lunch is included and is buffet-style at the lakeside Woodbound Inn in Rindge, NH. 

Your New England foliage tour concludes with an autumn essential: stopping at a classic farm for apples, cider, and baked goods. Perfection!

 

Multi-Day New England Fall Tours

Perhaps you’re really itching to see all of the splendor of New England in the autumn. Maybe one day just won’t cut it. For you, a multi-day tour will be the adventure of a lifetime. Here are some fabulous options:

New England’s Fall Foliage – 8 Day Tour

This option is one of the most popular and highly-rated New England tours out there. Operated by Insight Vacations, this bus tour definitely provides travelers with a fantastic overview of some of the region’s best spots. 

Starting in Boston, the tour brings you to Williamstown, Stowe (a town you’ll fall in love with), North Conway, Portland, and more. Perhaps the most unique part of the itinerary is that it includes a day called “a taste of Vermont.” As a Vermonter, I can tell you that our food is amazing, and I imagine a day of cheese, farm-fresh vegetables, cider donuts, maple syrup, and plenty of home-made, organic culinary delights await you. 

The tour includes all of your breakfasts, 5 dinners, and accommodation.

Highlights of this tour:

  • A stay at the famous Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the von Trapp family who inspired The Sound of Music.
  • Driving along Ocean Drive in Kennebunkport to marvel at the fabulous homes
  • Woodstock’s classic covered bridge

 

Fall Colors of New England – 10 Day Tour

This tour follows a great route through some of our favorite New England highlights, including Burlington, Vermont. Altogether, this tour brings you through the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. 

As this is a multi-day tour, it includes accommodation, breakfast, and plenty of interesting stops along the way. Tour highlights include:

  • Historic sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail
  • A stop in charming Woodstock, Vermont
  • Sampling maple syrup at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in VT 
  • Visit to the classic mountain town of North Conway, NH (boutique shopping, general stores, restaurants, etc.)

 

Autumn Colors – 9 Day Tour

This 9-day tour has one of the most attractive itineraries, in our opinion. It includes highlights in four states, and some of our favorite places in New England, like Stowe, Woodstock, and Lexington, and it even brings you all the way to the spectacular Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine.

With the extensive area covered during this trip, you are likely to have many opportunities to glimpse the New England fall foliage. 

Highlights include

  • Ice cream tasting at Vermont’s famous Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • Views from Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain
  • A local lobster dinner- classic New England
  • The Kancamagus Highway (excellent foliage)

This tour covers most of your meals (some lunches and dinners on your own) and has terrific accommodation including the lovely Essex Resort & Spa in Vermont (a wonderful hotel where I used to work!)

 

6-Day New England Tour from NYC

Not all of these New England escorted tours depart from Boston. Here is one that leaves from NYC. 

At 6 days, this is a quicker tour, but it covers all of the states in New England, so it’s a terrific overview. I love that it goes through Newport, Rhode Island, which is a fascinating historic town known for its Golden Age mansions. 

Accommodation on this tour is in comfortable hotels that all boast a high Booking.com rating. 

Highlights of this trip include:

  • Driving down scenic Vermont 100 (especially lovely in the fall)
  • A Harvard Campus tour
  • Visiting The Breakers, the most opulent of Newport’s mansions

 

Colors of New England featuring Boothbay Harbor, Maine – 8 days

This is the only option on this list that includes a stop in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. So if you’re yearning for fall tours of New England states that include a coastal stop, this is an ideal choice.

An 8-day adventure, this one begins in Boston and heads up through a selection of key New England destinations. This includes Woodstock, Stowe, and North Conway, popular stops on any New England fall foliage tour. These are definitely must-visit locations with some great foliage and classic New England charm. 

Highlights of the Colors of New England tour:

  • Sampling craft beers at the von Trapp Brewery in Stowe
  • A cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s biggest lake
  • Farewell lobster dinner in Boothbay Harbor

4 Days in Vermont

If you want a near guarantee that you’ll see incredible New England fall foliage, Vermont is where to go. 

Now, I may be biased as a Vermonter, but Vermont is the most beautiful of all the New England states in many ways, and it is the most charming and most idyllic for a fall trip. 

So, if you want a dose of gorgeous Autumn in a quick couple of days, consider this 4-day jaunt to Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts.

This tour begins in Williamstown, MA, before heading north to spend some time in Manchester and Bennington as well as the nearby village of Dorset. With less time spent driving, this tour invites you to go more in-depth in your destinations, and focus especially on the artistic, cultural, and historic elements of the region.

Highlights of this tour: 

  • Theatre performances by the Oldcastle Theatre Company and the Weston Playhouse
  • A visit to Hildene, the Lincoln family home in Manchester, VT
  • Private guided tours of The Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA

 

Vermont Fall Foliage: 6-Day Bicycle Tour

Our last exciting option is not your traditional bus tour, but is an adventure by bike!

If you are into cycling, this would be the most amazing way to experience fall in New England.

This bike tour starts and ends in Burlington, Vermont, a great destination in itself. with your guide and your small group, you will head through the Champlain Valley to see some of the region’s top spots. When visiting in late September through early October, you can expect to be surrounded by colors throughout the journey. 

Accommodation for this trip is in some super cozy inns along the route. You’ll also be covered for all breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners. 

Highlights of this Vermont adventure:

  • Cycling across a covered bridge
  • Farewell picnic at Shelburne Orchards
  • A visit to a glassblower 

 

 

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