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The Blazing Fall Colors of New England

There is a place for everyone in this world, a personal paradise that encapsulates each person’s ideal destination. Some choose the beach, sipping on a cold margarita. Others climb mountains, taking in the dizzying heights. For others, the blazing colors of dense fall foliage, small Americana towns and scenic coasts of New England fit that dream place—especially when viewing the sites from a window of a train or car, as it winds through forests and mountains.

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  • One of the most well-known paths through the fiery leaves of autumn is in New Hampshire. The Kancamagus highway, NH Route 112, runs through low mountains near the center of the state. Dubbed a National Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation, the route is a 26.5 mile-long cut through astounding shades of orange and red—and passes through covered wooden bridges from an older time in America. Witnessing the cycle of life in all its colorful glory will revive the senses and realization that beauty is often the simplistic act of slowing down and paying attention.




  • Another chance to see the foliage unfolding is a National Historic Engineering Landmark, the Mount Washington Cog Railway. The railway is a climb up the tallest mountain in the Northeast United States—on a path that was first opened to the public in July 3rd, 1869. The traveler will ride in a train car (one a biodiesel engine, the other a traditional steam engine) pushed to the top of Mt. Washington on the very same path that has been taken for over a century. Once at the top, they may explore the summit of the mountain; which showcases a panoramic view of 5 states, the Atlantic Ocean, and even Canada. The ride, up and down, is a breathtaking experience.




  • Then there’s the famous coasts of New England, a historically important area for maritime America. And one the most famous destinations along these coasts is Cape Cod. A favorite summer destination of many Northeasterners, the fall season sees less crowds and more room to admire the classic charm of small-town life. To get in a more expansive view of the area, the traveler can hop aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad. The track it follows passes through countrysides with the same spectrum of rusty colors upon the leaves and coasts—the best of both worlds. Exploring the small shops and natural sites is the recipe for a relaxing and alluring time.




The fall colors of New England are an iconic sight, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell paintings and good ‘ol apple pie. And a journey through New England is a specialty of Vacations By Rail, who looks forward to showing travelers the art of fall foliage from the unique perspective of a train.

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