The New England and Mid-Atlantic states offer some of the best leaf-peeping in the country, as well as activities like antiquing, fly-fishing, hiking, touring historic homes and enjoying local arts and culture. Here are 10 fall foliage trips tailored to an array of interests.
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Love old things? Offering close proximity to the Vermont Antique Mall (a 17,000-square-foot barn housing hundreds of vendors) and dozens of smaller dealers, this picturesque town also has charming inns and foliage-framed covered bridges.
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Eastern Shore of Maryland
The towns along Maryland’s eastern shore offer delicious dining and festivals in October and November, including OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels and Oyster Jam in Tilghman.
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Laurel Highlands, Pa.
Frank Lloyd Wright fans probably have a visit to Fallingwater on their bucket list. The home is built across a waterfall in the woods of western Pennsylvania. Two other Wright designs, Kentuck Knob and Duncan House, are also nearby.
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Beach season may be over, but you can still bum around in Kennebunkport, a coastal gem of a town with an idyllic harbor, fresh lobster and gorgeous views of Maine’s autumnal patchwork.
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Vintage Train Devotees
On weekends in October and early November, the Wilmington & Western Railroad at Greenbank Station offers rides in vintage steam and diesel trains through the Red Clay Valley.
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The Gilded Age – when America’s wealthiest families summered in Newport – lives on in the Newport mansions, a dozen elaborate homes set along the scenic Cliff Walk and waterfront areas.
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West Cornwall, Conn.
If you’re itching to pull on your waders, the Housatonic River in western Connecticut is ideal for autumn trout fishing. The “Housy” has abundant pools, runs and riffles near West Cornwall – just get your license if you’re not a state resident.
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The Finger Lakes, N.Y.
Leave the driving to a tour limo or bus as you sip your way through this wine region set amid 11 lakes in western New York. The Finger Lakes area has 100-plus wineries, a trio of wine trails and dozens of tours to suit every taste and budget.
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White Mountains, N.H.
Perhaps you’re an experienced hiker looking to climb the tallest peak in the Northeast. If so, tackle 6,288-foot Mount Washington in September – but be prepared for wild weather. Adrenaline junkie? Try a zip line canopy ride at Bretton Woods. Prefer to paddle? Take a kayak wildlife tour.
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Performing Arts Patrons
Summer is music season in Lenox – where Tanglewood is the second home of the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra – but culture doesn’t take a vacation in autumn, with theater productions by Barrington Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company and Berkshire Theatre Group.
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