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On the Road: The Best Fall Foliage in New England

Discover classic New England as you photograph vibrant fall foliage, explore quaint villages, visit national parks and celebrate this region with a traditional Maine lobster feast.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20031RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,499
Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont

On the Road: The Best Fall Foliage in New England

Discover classic New England as you photograph vibrant fall foliage, explore quaint villages, visit national parks and celebrate this region with a traditional Maine lobster feast.
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,499
Program No. 20031 RJ
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Sep 27 - Oct 7, 2021
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3,749
Oct 4 - Oct 14, 2021
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3,749
Oct 11 - Oct 21, 2021
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3,499
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 27 - Oct 7, 2021
Starting at
4,819
Oct 4 - Oct 14, 2021
Starting at
4,819
Oct 11 - Oct 21, 2021
Starting at
4,529

At a Glance

Journey the back roads and byways of New England to experience the best of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont during a fall foliage adventure through the region’s most picturesque countryside and into the history and culture at the foundation of Colonial America.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Climbing a few flights of stairs, standing for up to one hour, walking over paved and unpaved surfaces up to two miles over the course of the day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take an in-depth look at the ecology of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and their highest peak’s extreme weather patterns.
  • Trace our nation's cultural history through the collections of American art at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Shelburne Museum.
  • Savor the tastes of New England with a culinary exploration of Portland, Maine and a lobster dinner.

General Notes

Special note about the Grafton Inn: Rooms with two beds are reserved for our matched roommates with all other requests considered on a first come, first serve basis. Though all rooms are accessible by a flight of stairs, based on availability, a limited number of first floor or elevator-accessible rooms may be requested for those with mobility issues. All special requests must notify Road Scholar in advance.
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Chris Lewey
Chris Lewey is the founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs. He has led natural history excursions for Maine Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, is a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and teaches ornithology for the National Audubon Society. A native New Englander, Chris has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both N.H. and Maine. He has appeared on several television programs including Animal Planet's “The Most Extreme” series and ABC's “Good Morning America.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chris Lewey is the founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs. He has led natural history excursions for Maine Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, is a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and teaches ornithology for the National Audubon Society. A native New Englander, Chris has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both N.H. and Maine. He has appeared on several television programs including Animal Planet's “The Most Extreme” series and ABC's “Good Morning America.”
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Jim McAllister is a Salem historian, photographer, author and teacher, and serves as a historic consultant to the City of Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel. A graduate of Stonehill College, his photographs of Salem have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of “Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City” and co-author of “Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City.” Jim has appeared on both the “History Channel” and “Home and Garden TV.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
by Colin Woodard
A fascinating cultural history of coastal Maine as seen through the lobstering industry.
Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England
by Tom Wessels, Brian Cohen (Illustrator), Ann Zwinger (Introduction)
In this entertaining, informative book, the history of the New England forest unfolds like a mystery novel. Wessels examines the character of the central New England forest through the clues left behind by fires, logging, storms and economic fads.
New England Wildlife
by Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
This laminated, fold-out, pocket-size guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.
Eyewitness Guide New England
by Eleanor Berman
This superb guide to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the region's attractions. It also devotes a section to Boston. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
The Cider House Rules
by John Irving
This is John Irving's story of a teenage orphan named Homer Wells who lives in rural Maine. Growing up under the tutelage of Dr. Wilbur Larch, an abortionist and administrator of the local orphanage, Homer must face the moral dilemmas that surround him.
New England Autumn
by Ferenc Mate (Photographer), Candace Mate (Photographer)
Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information.
Insight Guide New England
by Insight Guides
For a good overview of the region, you can't go wrong with this guide, noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and outstanding color maps.
Winslow Homer, The Nature of Observation
by Elizabeth Johns
This biography of the preeminent 19th century New England painter considers the artist’s oeuvre in the context of his psychological development. More than 75 black-and-white illustrations and 40 color plates illuminate Johns’ analysis of the American master.
New England Map
by Mad Maps
A road map of all of New England, at a scale of 1:600,000.
Call of the Coast, Art Colonies of New England
by Thomas Denenberg
Denenberg focuses on the art colonies that sprung up in the early twentieth century in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Ogunquit and Monhegan, Maine, and on the great artists (including Edward Hopper and George Bellows) whose work was inspired by them. The book contains around 80 reproductions as well as documentary photography and explainers on the artworks themselves.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England
by Brian Cassie, Peter Alden
A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 of New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites.
The Most Beautiful Villages of New England
by Tom Shachtman
New England's most picturesque towns and villages are presented through 240 full color photographs. Accompanying descriptions fill in details about each town's history and architecture.
One Man's Meat
by E.B. White
By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938.
Coastal Maine, A Maritime History
by Roger Duncan
A four hundred year history of Maine, focusing on maritime traditions and seafaring, as well coastal settlement and development.
Inventing Acadia, Artists and Tourists at Mount Desert
by Pamela Belanger
The history of Acadia National Park and especially the artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and others who contributed to its creation. Published by the Farnsworth Library & Art Museum.
The Original Vermonters, Native Inhabitants, Past and Present
by William A. Haviland, Marjory W. Power
A highly readable, scholarly history of the native inhabitants and cultures of Vermont, covering the arrival of the Paleoindians, Abenakis and Iriquois.
Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.
The Nature of Vermont, Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment
by Charles W. Johnson
Opening with a discussion of the geologic history of Vermont, Johnson provides a lively introduction to major habitats, plants and animals of the state. An excellent survey of natural history.
Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season
by Jerry Monkman
Capturing the spectacular fall display from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of northern Maine in 75 color photos.
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(5)

This program provided a well-planned and executed mix of spectacular fall leaf-peeping and fascinating educational activities as we trekked around New England. This was our fourth RS program and the best so far. Our program leader, Debra, did a masterful job, we enjoyed the first rate accommodations (including the pristine tour bus) and food throughout the trip, and our very congenial group included interesting participants from all over the country. Highly recommended!

(5)

We thought the program # 20031 the falls colors were fantastic and would recommend this trip to anyone, the staff were also fantastic.

(5)

I thought that the program # 20031 fall colors was great and would recommend it to anyone.

(5)

The "Fall Color" program is an easy way to enjoy this seasonal blessing, as well enjoy other particularly engaging attractions along the route.

(5)

This is the ideal program to take if you want to sample many different areas of New England. The itinerary is well planned, with many stops at local area places (not all museums) that demonstrate New England as it was and is today. Accommodations and meals were excellent . Ending the trip at a wood educated Vermont Inn was a highlight

(5)

Another fine program by Road Scholar, They always perform well.

(5)

Wonderful whirlwind trip; the colors were so brilliant, as were many of our presenters. We traveled in comfort and ate very well, lobster, chowder, bisque, crab cakes, Vermont cheeses, YUM! Accommodations were comfy and charming, grand hotels and quiet Inns complete with rockers on the porch.

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We just returned from this trip. It was wonderful! Our leader, Betsy Bates, was excellent! She was organized, well informed, and fun. The itinerary was varied and very interesting. We were fortunate to go the first 2 weeks in October, as we hit peak bloom. We recommend this trip! Diane and Larry Gibson

(5)

This fulfills the dream of a lifetime to visit New England at a time when the leaves were so colorful and learn of the history of another area of the US. It also whetted my appetite to return to certain areas to explore more!

(5)

Group leader, Doritt, was fantastic, worked very hard, and took great care of all of us. The accommodations were very nice. I learned a lot from the lectures and field trips. Overall,the trip was great and I would recommend it.

(5)

great program highley recommend

(5)

Program exceeded my expectations. It was fun, interesting, and had a lot of variety in the educational lectures, activities, and sight-seeing opportunities. The food was excellent and the accommodations comfortable and varied. I was worried about traveling alone for the first time, but I made friends immediately. People were very inclusive, fostered by the leadership ability of the program director and even our fabulous bus driver. Everyone took care of everyone else and the variety of backgrounds and interests of people in the group has motivated me to look for other tours. People in this group had been on hundreds of Road Scholars tours and their stories were helpful. I learned a lot, am motivated to branch out and try new things, and I have made some new friends that I know will stay in touch. Highly recommend the program.

(5)

This on the road trip has an excellent itinerary. The foliage was at its peak in many places, we had a great group of fellow travelers, and we appreciated the educational activities and interesting speakers provided at the varied places we visited.

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(5)

Great trip! Loved the diversity of activities and saw fantastic Fall Color.






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