Autumn (or Fall) in New England is a breathtaking and beautiful season: the billions of leaves change from green to a rainbow of browns, reds, oranges and yellows across the fields and forests of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. At this time of year the air is cool and crisp, making it perfect for walking or cycling; the wildlife is abundant, with thousands of birds and wild moose to spot; and you can find top lobster in Maine to accompany the wine trail in Connecticut.

Here are 20 stunning pictures of New England fall foliage that showcase the region in all its colourful autumnal glory.

Smuggler's Notch Waterfall, Vermont

Smugglers Notch Waterfall Vermont, New England

 Wheeler Mountain, Vermont

Wheeler Mountain, Vermont in fall, New England

 Downtown Boston, Massachusetts

Public Gardens, Downtown Boston, fall

 Stratton Mountain, Vermont

Vermont foliage, fall

Picture courtesy of Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing and Discover New England

 Whiting Church, Vermont

Whiting Church, Vermont, fall, New England

Picture courtesy of Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing and Discover New England

Deerfield River Valley, Massachusetts

Deerfield river valley, Massachusetts in the fall, New England

 Rocky Gorge, White Mountains, New Hampshire

Rocky Gorge, white mountains, New England

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development and Discover New England, by Ellen Edersheim

Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine

Sandy Stream Pond, Bxster State Park, Maine

Newport, Vermont

Newport, Vermont in the fall, New England

Photo courtesy of Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing and Discover New England, by Dennis Curran 

The Presidential Range, New Hampshire

New Hampshire in the fall, New England

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development and Discover New England

Montpelier, Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont, New England in the fall

 New Hampshire

Lake Fall Foliage New Hampshire, New England

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism and Discover New England

Mount Katadin, Maine

Mount Katadin, Maine, New England in the fall

 Rockport, Maine

Rockport foliage, Maine, New England in the fall

 Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism and Discover New England

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Image courtesy of Discover New England

 Cranberry harvest, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Cranberry harvest, Plymouth MA, New England

 Image courtesy of Discover Plymouth and Discover New England

French King Bridge, Massachusetts

French King Bridge, Massachusetts in the fall, New England

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Fanconia Notch State Park in the fall, New Hampshire, New England

Photo courtesy of  and Discover New England

Camden Harbour, Maine

Camden Harbor, Fall, New England

 Photo courtesy of Discover New England

Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

Litchfield hills, Connecticut, New England in the fall

 Photo courtesy of  and Discover New England

Discover the best places to stay, eat and drink in New England with the Rough Guide to the USA. Book hostels in New England here, and don't forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.

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