Middlebury, the shire town of Addison County, was chartered in 1761 and was
settled just after the Revolutionary War. Today, the village is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places and is home to many shops, businesses and
architecturally distinguished churches and public buildings. It is the largest
community in the county with a population of approximately 8,200. Passing
through the heart of the historic village is the Otter Creek, the longest river
in Vermont. You can see its powerful waterfall from the Battell Bridge and
through the windows of the art gallery that was once a mill.
There’s no other place quite like it! Nestled in the midst of some of the East’s
most beautiful scenery lies Williamstown, a thriving rural community of just
over 8,000 ranked in The 100 Best Small Towns in America. Williamstown is great
for families. There’s plenty to do and see for all ages and interests. Active
adventures both outdoors and indoors, many and varied concert series, art,
culture, scenic beauty, hands-on exhibits, night life, fine and fun dining,
charming lodgings, plenty of hometown celebrations and a multitude of parks….
Williamstown has more than something for everyone.
Yankee Magazine has named Kent the #1 town in New England for fall foliage
travel. The September/October issue celebrates the publication’s 75th
anniversary and identifies the top 25 towns — the first time the magazine has
ever ranked towns by this standard. “The heart of the New England leaf-peeping
experience lies in the details: the farm stands and covered bridges, the
waterfalls and antiques stores that provide the eye candy, framed by the colors
of our most glorious season” writes Michael Blanding, author of the article.
“All of these things Kent has in abundance, in a perfect blend of uncommon
natural beauty and culture that might shame cities 10 times its size.
Bethel is a town where the common is uncommon; where Brooks Bros. sells pliers
and wrenches, Victoria’s Secret is a chocolate raspberry dessert and the
Timberland Outlet is an exit for logging trucks. Astride the Androscoggin River,
nestled at the base of Paradise Hill, Bethel is truly “just this side of
Paradise.” Most rural villages are one-industry towns. Bethel is a rare blend of
farming, forestry, woods product manufacturing, education, and tourism. In the
past decade, the community has become home to active retirees and professionals
who have chosen the small town lifestyle over that of the megalopolis.
This scenic coastline nestles into the Camden Hills, among them Mount Battie,
part of Camden Hills State Park. From its 790-foot summit, reached by 26 miles
of hiking trails and an auto road, the panorama stretches from Rockland and its
islands to the Blue Hill peninsula. Camden resident and Pulizer Prize-winner
Edna St. Vincent Millay immortalized this vista in her 1912 poem "Renascence":
"All I could see from where I stood was three long mountains and a wood. I
turned and looked the other way and saw three islands in a bay." On the shore
side of U.S. Route 1, the park contains hiking trails and picnic areas.
The Town of Waitsfield has a rich history and heritage grounded in the Vermont
doctrine of freedom and unity. Our agrarian past has left a legacy that is
prominent in our landscape and continues to influence the character of our
community. While we are indebted to our past, the town’s recent history has been
one of transition. The changes that have affected the town mirror those
influencing the state as a whole. Our resource based economy, founded on
agriculture and forestry, is now built on recreation and an enviable quality of
life. Thus, the town has been transformed from a quiet farming town to a resort
destination, bedroom community and, increasingly, a center for innovation and
commerce. This transformation has not been without costs: to tranquility, to the
landscape and to the insular nature of the community. Waitsfield has managed,
however, to retain many of the best elements of its past and merge them with a
modern economy driven by tourism, technology, accessibility and respect for our
natural and social heritage.
Conway/North Conway, New Hampshire
With a backdrop of over 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National
Forest and boasting the tallest peak in the East (Mt. Washington 6,288 FT.),
visitors to the North Conway NH area have many activities to choose from which
span all four seasons including some of the finest skiing, snowmobiling, hiking,
golfing, fishing, canoeing, camping, family attractions, scenic tours, shopping
and leaf peeping in the entire country.
Sandwich, New Hampshire
The Town of Sandwich, New Hampshire, with a population exceeding 1200 is located
on the shores of Squam Lake, and nestled between two major tourist regions of
the Granite State - The Lakes Region and the White Mountains. It is a classic
new England setting with colored forests, winding roads and rolling hills.
Sandwich is designated as an historic town, and surrounded by rolling hills and
small valleys, potholes, hiking trails and some extraordinary views. With cross
country skiing, snowmobiling, bike trails, pothole adventures and hikes across
the 17 ranges there is always something to do.
Only Stowe Vermont combines a classic 200-year-old village with Mt. Mansfield,
Vermont's highest peak. This unique juxtaposition imbues Stowe with a character
reminiscent of great European mountain resorts.
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire has a deep cultural and historical heritage.
This is an unspoiled land, a place of small villages, porch rockers and
crackling fireplaces. A place of lilacs, apple blossoms, brilliant fall foliage.
A place of true Yankee hospitality. Travel the winding country roads and explore
museums, antique shops, and historic buildings. Discover stone walls, church
suppers, maple sugar houses, and covered bridges.
Fall Travel Guides
Western North Carolina
One of the best sources for the western North Carolina mountains is the
Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site. Beginning in late September,
the site posts weekly updates on the changing foliage along with scenic drives
for prime fall viewing. Website:
Leaf-watchers in North Georgia rely on reports from the Chattahoochee-Oconee
National Forest. Website:www.fs.fed.us/conf/fall/falcolor.htm.
Great Smoky Mountain, TN & NC
Get the latest on fall color in the Great Smoky Mountains from Smokies Guide.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Website has links to webcams that show
you progress of fall color as it sweeps through the Smokies beginning in
early October in the higher elevations
America's Best Nature Top Ten
- Top 25 overall beaches -
- America's Best Hiking Trails and links
- Top Ten National Parks for Rock Climbing
America's Tallest Mountians
- America's Tallest Mountains
- Links to all National Parks
Most Popular NP
National Parks for
- Top 10 USA state parks and state park listing
in the USA
- America's Best Birding Trails and links
- Best places to see the leaves turn
This listing of the
Top Ten New England Town for Fall Foliage
in the United States
is constantly being revised as we experience and learn new things about about different areas of the country. So, if you feel we are missing one,
please email us and let us know!