Nowhere in the country is fall's beauty more gloriously displayed than in New England. The sheer variety and vibrancy of colorful foliage in these northern states has delighted and amazed visitors since Europeans first set foot in the region. A fall excursion through New England offers the opportunity to savor breath-taking scenery, but also the chance to experience some our nation's oldest historical and cultural sites. Plus, with schools back in session, fall travel means thinner crowds and cooler, more comfortable temperatures.
An all-inclusive travel package, such as the Hidden Gems of New England tour by Tauck, can be a care-free, economical way to experience autumn in New England. You'll be able to take in the fall foliage without having to worry about travel arrangements - all for 40 percent less than such a trip would cost you if you tried to make identical arrangements on your own.
Throughout New England, foliage will don a dazzling array of hues, from vibrant reds, yellows and golds to rich oranges, umber and purple. From sycamores, maple and birch to oak, ash and dogwood, the region's trees will stage a showy display as night-time temperatures drop and autumn arrives.
In addition to stunning vistas of breath-taking color, the Hidden Gems of New England tour takes travelers through historic points such as:
* Boston - One of America's oldest cities, Boston played a pivotal role in the American Revolution as the site of both the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. During the Civil War, the city was a stronghold of the anti-slavery movement. Today, Boston is known for outstanding cuisine, a rich arts and cultural scene, and a transportation and educational hub for the entire New England region.
* Lexington and Concord- The 'shot heard round the world' was fired in Lexington, Mass., when American Minutemen met British soldiers on Lexington Green in the first battle of the American Revolution. Some of America's best-loved and most influential early literature traces its roots to Concord, with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau all having ties to the city.
* Walpole, NH. - Another historic New England town, Walpole played a role in events leading up to the American Revolution. Today, it's home to the private studio of award-winning documentary film maker Ken Burns. History buffs can get an exclusive 'insider' look at Burns' studio when they take Tauck's Hidden Gems of New England tour.
* Woodstock, Vt. - Billings Farm and Museum in this picturesque village gives visitors an inside view of the revolutionary concepts of sustainable land use and forest conservation that first found root in the region.
* Hartford, Conn. - Mark Twain's Farmington Avenue homestead is a must-see for visitors to Hartford. Though Twain traveled the world, he considered just two places home: the Missouri town where he grew up, and this grand home in Connecticut. Steps away from Twain's house is the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author and abolitionist whose 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' opened the nation's eyes to the lives of African American slaves in the decades leading up to the Civil War.
For more information about a New England Fall Foliage, visit Tauck.com.