Thinking about fall in New England typically conjures wistful images of the vibrant colors found along Maine’s woodland roads. Maine is great, but its scenic northern regions can be difficult and inconvenient to access for a traveler strapped for time. The good news is that you don’t have to venture too far from Boston to experience the best of fall in New England.
Just under three hours west of the city, the Berkshires is a rural region in the mountains that’s defined by its rugged scenery and the bucolic villages scattered throughout the area. It’s the perfect destination for hiking, leaf peeping, and exploring historic towns, and its proximity to Boston makes it a manageable day trip for anyone near the city. Here are a few Berkshires road trip itineraries for any traveler looking to get the most out of fall in New England.