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 fall road trip. 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 for leaf peeping. Happy trip planning!
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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.
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, NH.
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?)
Prefer a slightly shorter tour that includes lunch? You might like this fall foliage brunch cruise!
Hop onboard at Rowe’s Wharf behind Boston Harbor Hotel, then kick back and relax while a three-course brunch is served up alongside fantastic fall foliage views along Boston’s waterfront.
Take in some Boston history alongside the beautiful fall colors and keep your eyes peeled; you might even see a harbor seal!
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:
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 Stockbridge MA, Saratoga Springs NY, Stowe VT, (a town you’ll fall in love with), North Conway NH, Portland ME, 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 homemade, organic culinary delights await you.
The tour includes breakfasts, dinners, and accommodation.
Highlights of this tour:
- A stay at the famous Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, owned by the von Trapp family who inspired The Sound of Music.
- Exploring beautiful Cape Elizabeth ME
- A chance to hike out to Diana’s Baths, one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in NH
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.)
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, VT, Woodstock, VT, and Lexington MA, 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.
- 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 accommodations including the lovely Essex Resort & Spa in Vermont (a wonderful hotel where I used to work!)
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 (taste some of the best cider donuts in New England!)
- A visit to a glassblower
Need more help planning your New England fall foliage adventure? Check out our other resources:
- 7 Fabulous Places for Fall Foliage in Connecticut
- Fall in Massachusetts: 12 Must-Visit Destinations & Fall Fun Ideas
- Fall in New Hampshire: Fun and Festive Things to Do
- 11 Ultimate Fall in Rhode Island Things to Do
- Fall in Maine: Where to Go and What to Do for Autumn Magic
- Fall in Boston: Where to Go and What to Do
- Cape Cod in the Fall: 13 Things to Do
- Cranberry Bogs in Massachusetts You’ll Want to Visit this Fall!
- Things to Do in Salem, MA in October
- 6 Charming New England Towns to Visit in the Fall
- 25 Things to Do in the Fall in Vermont
- 11 Best Places to Stay in Vermont in the Fall
- 25+ Frightful Halloween Events in New England
Amy Hartle is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of New England With Love, a comprehensive resource for travel in the New England region. Amy has been exploring New England since 2001. She lived in Vermont for many years and is a graduate of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. On this site, Amy aims to share her love of New England and help you to have the best possible adventures!
Amy has been writing about travel for over a decade, and is a full time blogger, publishing both Two Drifters and Let’s Adventure Baby. When not traveling the world or creating epic blog content, Amy can be found cuddling with her husband, son, and cats, & drinking a maple latte.