The Ultimate Guide to Fall Adventure in New England

City living is well and good, but sometimes a body needs to ditch the bright lights and connect with nature. Since time is precious and the world is vast, here it is: our highly curated list of where to bike, hike, hang-glide, and simply take in the view while the weather lasts. Now, get out there.

Photo by Denis Tangney Jr.

As New Englanders, we spend a lot of time inside four climate-controlled walls. There are the frigid, thankless winter months and the cruel tease of a still-chilly mud season. Even this past summer, with its great white sharks and freak tornadoes (thanks, climate change), kept us inside more than we’d like to admit. But fall—fall!—that’s the season when we’re arguably most alive. It’s a time when nature shows off like a peacock in the most ostentatious way, flashing its Technicolor reds and yellows from the mountains to the sea. So how will you bask in the pine-scented fresh air this October? Whether you’re seeking high-octane thrills, peace and solitude on a mountaintop, or just a fun way to kill an afternoon with the kids, we have you covered with this ultimate guide to the great outdoors. So what are you waiting for?

Rock-climbing in Acadia National Park / Photo by Jerry Monkman

So You Want to Get Your Heart Pumping

Climb a mountain, bag a grouse, soar through the trees—how to make this autumn epic.

There’s brilliant color everywhere at the summit of New Hampshire’s Mount Major. / Photo by John Welch

So You Want to Clear Your Head

When doctor’s orders call for peace, quiet, and absolutely no cell phones, these soulful sojourns are the best medicine.

Photo by Adria Photography

So You Want to Peep Some Leaves

Forget Netflix. Watching peak foliage is the ultimate fall show. Don’t miss an award-worthy moment with this week-by-week planning calendar.

Taking a ride in the woods at Castle in the Clouds. / Photo by Pat Piasecki

So You Want to Hang With the Whole Crew

Let them ask “Are we there yet?” all the way to these family-friendly adventures—it’ll be worth it.