New perspectives of New England legendary fall foliage
Experience New England’s legendary Fall from a completely new perspective this autumn on an incredible tour which travels high above or directly through awe-inspiring valleys and mountains carpeted in stunning hues of gold, scarlet, purple and orange.
From seaplane, balloon and helicopter tours to a vintage steam train excursion, a forested canoe tour and an exhilarating zip line experience, the six states of Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island offer plenty of exciting ways to see the famous New England fall.
Sea plane tour of Acadia National Park
Enjoy truly awe-inspiring views of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park draped in stunning autumnal colours. A high-wing Cessna 172 plane provides unobstructed views over the park’s foliage, the island’s entire shoreline, three historic lighthouses, mountains and islands along the western shore. Prices for the 35 minute tour start from $109 per person. To book, visit www.scenicflightsofacadia.com
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in the Connecticut Valley
Board a vintage carriage on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat for the ultimate Fall foliage tour of the unspoilt Connecticut River Valley. This 2.5 hour excursion travels through boldly hued countryside. Then, from the open decks of the Becky Thatcher River Boat, take in views of hills bursting with colour and a river engulfed in orange and red. The excursion includes a three course lunch and starts from $54 per person. To book, visit www.essexsteamtrain.com
Zip tour of New Hampshire
For the ultimate Fall thrill why note fly 225 feet above ground level through the foliage and up and over a carpet of autumnal colours near Lincoln, New Hampshire. The SUPER SkyRider, Alpine Adventure’s ultimate zip tour, boasts an assault course of 18 zip lines and suspension bridges and travels at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Prices start from $115 per person. To book, visit www.alpinezipline.com
Balloon flight over Vermont’s Green Mountains
In October hot air balloon flights will drift calmly over the sparkling shores of Lake Champlain and the newly red and amber hues of the Green Mountains in Vermont. Departing from historic Essex, the tour offers unrivalled vistas with champagne, Vermont fudge, sparkling cider, Cabot cheddar cheese and crackers. Prices start from $300 per person. To book, visit www.balloonvermont.com
Canoe tour of Massachusetts’ Nashoba River
Glide gently along a river engulfed in a forest of colour with a canoe tour of the Nashoba River from Groton in Massachusetts. Travellers will experience the colours shimmering in the water all around them as they journey along three miles of narrow, meandering channel and into areas of lily ponds and woodlands. Tour prices start from $35 per person. To book, visit www.nashobapaddler.com
Helicopter tour of Rhode Island
Board a helicopter in Middleton, Rhode Island for a colourful 25 minute tour in America’s smallest state. Once in the air, enjoy unobstructed views of the finest foliage surrounding Tiverton, Westport and Little Compton, Westport River and local vineyards. Alternatively, the Elusive Islands tour takes in the colours of Aquidneck Island and Rose Island. Prices start from $90 per person (minimum booking of two required). To book, visit www.riaerial.com