As a kid, I measured my summers in corn. Each year, at the beginning of June, we’d ride our bikes down to our neighborhood farm in my small New England town and watch the tractor methodically place the seedlings into the ground. By July, those seedlings would be hip high, and by late August they’d tower over my friends and me. That’s how we knew it was once again time for school. Though the thought of heading back to geometry class wasn’t exactly exciting, there was still one more natural phenomenon worth looking forward to: the leaves changing color.
By October, the trees looming in my backyard in Rhode Island were a picturesque mix of burnt orange, red, brown, magenta, and yellow. And while the years have gone by, those trees still turn the same rainbow colors each fall. Though, I never knew how lucky I was to have this view until I came to learn about “leaf peepers.”
Each year, millions of people make the pilgrimage to New England to see the fall foliage in action. With a bit of planning and some good luck with the weather, you can experience it all too. Here are all the best places to go check out the region’s famed fall foliage for yourself. Just make sure to have an ear of corn for me on the way.