A Patriotic Drive; Visiting New England in the Fall

A Patriotic Drive; Visiting New England in the Fall

The New England area of America is home to much of the early history of our country and some of the most attractive drives you’ll find.

Visit New England in the fall and you’ll see an area where the foliage changes colors while visiting towns that offer you historic landmarks, locations that have been maintained to tell the story of the early days of the US, and the patriotic views that will make you proud to be in America.

Mohawk Trail

Starting at Greenfield, MA, and ending in Williamstown, MA, you’ll drive for 42 miles and enjoy some of the areas which were used as a path for Native Americans traveling between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys. Stop at the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls and know this is one of the most attractive places you’ve ever seen in New England. Park at this bridge and take a walk to see the flowers in the area.

Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway

Another gorgeous and patriotic drive in New England begins at Russell, MA with the ending at Lee, MA. This byway spans 35 miles of peaceful road along Route 20 to give you a great way to enjoy the drive. You need to stop at the Chester-Blandford State Forest for a hike up Sanderson Brook Falls where you can see the waterfall that’s impressive and beautiful.

Lexington to Concord

While not named as a trail, the path starting in Lexington, MA with an end in Concord, MA is a drive that will only take about 15 minutes to travel the entire eight miles. This is a close-by drive for history-loving city slickers to getaway. Stop a Main Street Market & Café for lunch and enjoy the quaint restaurant in what used to be a grist mill.

Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway

Positioned in Maine, you’ll start at Small Falls, West Central Franklin, and end at Houghton, Byron which is a total distance of 35 miles. Enjoy the reflecting in Rangeley Lake and the crossing of the Appalachian Trail. Stop at the Height of Land which is one of the most beautiful outlook areas in northern New England.

Golden Road

Start at Millinocket, ME, and end at Piscataquis, ME which is a drive and a distance of 40 miles. The Golden Road stretches this distance and all the way to Quebec but for this ride, you’ll only go 40 miles and enjoy the vies. Stop at Abol Bridge and enjoy the amazing views of Mt. Katahdin in nearby Baxter State Park.

Park Loop

The Park Look starts and ends in Bar Harbor, ME, but it spans a distance of 27 miles. Visit this area in Acadia National Park in the fall and let this New England drive be right for you to have the views you want to see. Stop at Thunder Hole and go exploring on the rock formation on the ocean. You’ll love the sounds and sights of the rolling waves that crash on the jagged inlet.

Kancamagus Highway

This 34-mile drive begins in Conway, NH with the end in Lincoln, NH. The ride will take you through the White Mountains on a highway that’s often mispronounced. Stop at the Pemigewasset Overlook and see the sunset while you take in the views of the Pemigewasset wilderness that spreads out beneath you.

Monadnock Region Loop

This loop begins and ends in Keene, NH with a total distance of 80 miles to give you the drive you’re looking to enjoy. Experience some of the best fall foliage in New Hampshire and stop at Main Street in Keene that offer you the charm you want of a small town that claims to have the widest Main Street in the world.

Pinkham Notch Loop

This 100-mile drive begins at Gorham, NH with the end at Jefferson, NH on a ride through the Presidential Mountains. There are many reasons to stop along the way and check out the different views that you see. One place you must stop is at Mt. Washington Auto Road where you can drive to the highest peak in the northeast and take panoramic views above the tree line in New England.

Green Mountain Byway

Travel the eleven miles from Waterbury, VT to Stowe, VT, and check out the views along this road. Stop at the Trapp Family Lodge and check out the area that’s inspired by the von Trapp family from The Sound of Music. They were actually a group that toured the US as a singing group in the 1940s before settling in Stowe, which reminded them of their native Austria.

Middlebury Gap

Start at Texas Falls, Hancock, VT, and end in Ripton, VT which is a total distance of 16 miles of gorgeous driving. This drive is known as one of the most scenic routes in Vermont and it gives you the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail where you should stop and see the gorgeous area. As you view the area, you can see how easily inspired was for his poems.

Last Green Valley Scenic Byway

Spanning a distance of 35 miles from Norwich, CT to Woodstock, CT, you’ll find this road. This is a National Heritage Corridor along Route 169 to give you a gorgeous drive. Stop at the Benedict Arnold Trail and enjoy the views that will give you a look at the home of the Revolutionary War general and where he was born.

New Milford, Kent, and Mount Tom State Park Loop

The name of this drive is a mouthful and it started at New Milford, CT with the end at Mount Tom State Park. Over this 46-mile drive, you’ll enjoy the New England views you’re sure to love and admire when you’re on the road. Stop at Iron Mountain Reservation in Kent and take a hike on this 1.5-mile trail through woodlands that many different birds call home.

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