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As fall arrives, now’s the time to start planning your trip to see the east coast when it’s looking its best, when the leaves are falling. From top to bottom of the east coast here’s where we suggest you visit if you’re looking for a holiday.
If there’s one reason people go to Maine, it’s to see the leaves change. Looking stunning throughout fall you won’t regret your weekend choice away and there are activities for all the family. From canoeing and kayaking through to horseback riding and hiking, you’ll be dazzled by the beauty. Take in the rugged coastline and admire the lighthouses which are still standing tall and in working order. Top of your list of things to do while you’re visiting is to visit Acadia National Park, the only national park in Maine, which consists of 47,000 acres of land, you’ll be able to whale and seal watch while you’re exploring the island.
With fall comes the prime time for apple so there are plenty of orchards for you to visit and try some fresh cider. With the Maine Beer Trail, a great arts scene, some of the tastiest breweries around and of course, amazing lobster, this will be a trip you won’t forget.
As the fall leaves begin to turn, Boston comes into its own with the best time to visit between September – November. With the lesser known destinations
including the Boston Public Gardens and Beacon Hill, beat the crowds and see them early. There are plenty of orchards which you can visit with the kids for a fun family day out. The rivers of Boston almost always have rowers sculling on them and with the Head of the Charles Regatta in late October, make sure you’re there to see the rowers in action. Stroll round the iconic neighbourhoods which include the Harvard Square, North End, South End and Back Bay and take in the sights and sounds. For a classic Boston experience see a game at Fenway Park to see the Red Sox in action.
Visit New Haven in Connecticut during fall and you won’t want to leave. Pick you own pumpkin at one of the many farms around and enjoy freshly bakes goods at the local farmers markets with the family. Then hike through some of the stunning forests with their turning leaves, for some of the best views, visit Macedonia Brook State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park and Mohawk State Forest.
With Yale University having one of the oldest running football programs in the world, take in a Yale Bulldogs game and visit the Yale Bowl. You can also take in a tour of the prestigious Yale University with one of their student led tours and take in the architecture and learn about its 300-year history.
With the temperature dropping you’ll practically have a beach to yourself when you visit Virginia Beach. Made up of 3 beaches, fall is one of the best times to visit. With Resort Beach offering the famous 3-mile boardwalk, Chesapeake Bay Reach offering a superb food options, or if nature is what you’ve come to see, visit Sandbridge Beach and explore the marshes.
With a festival season which includes the International Sandsculpting Championship and the Neptune Festival, this will keep all family members happy especially when you’re indulging in some local crab delicacies.
For pick-your-own farms head to Pungo and for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding head to First Landing State Park with the crowd’s now dwindling, fall is the ideal time to visit Virginian Beach.
For some a southern fall experience visit Charleston in South Carolina. As the masses head back north after their summer in Charleston, now’s the time to visit and see the largest city in North Carolina in all its glory.
With the historic Charleston City Market established in 1804 there are an array of boutiques for you to visit to start your shopping. With the Great Hall being a United States National Register Landmark, it’s a sight to be seen.
It’s the ideal time to see the leaves turning to brilliant yellow, orange and red so head over to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Americas oldest garden to see the flowers changing. Selected as one of America’s “Most Beautiful Gardens” fall is the perfect time to see the gardens looking their best.
Steeped in history and with picturesque cobbled streets and horse drawn carriages, Charleston is a picture perfect city to visit during fall.