New England is America’s best destination for an easy autumn driving vacation for seeing spectacular autumn colour. The eastern American coastal region is famous for its brilliant foliage when billions of leaves change from green to endless shades of warm bright hues from mid-September to early November. The New England autumn air is crisp and cool, making it perfect for hiking, biking or a classic road trip along back roads, where you’ll find roadside farm stands piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins. This picturesque region consists of six New England states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Together this block on states on the American east coast offer a tremendous variety of scenery and experiences: beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountain views, sophisticated metropolitan cities like Boston with refined dining, and charming small towns with interesting galleries and shops. The video below shows a sampling of the natural beauty and attractions you can see on a road trip holiday driving through the six New England states. Of particular interest are: the Mayflower ship, the Newport County mansions, Trapp Family Lodge, and Mystic Seaport, a 19 acre outdoor museum. When to Visit New England for Fall Colours When is the best time to come? The leaves start turning colors in the northern regions of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire typically around mid-to-late September and peaking around mid-October. In the more southern states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and along the coast of New Hampshire and southern Maine, colour starts later and often lasts up until November. Most major attractions are within an easy 1 to 4 hour drive of the coastal city of Boston, along well-maintained roads.