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

 Wheeler Mountain, Vermont

 Downtown Boston, Massachusetts

 Stratton Mountain, Vermont

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

 Whiting Church, Vermont

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

Deerfield River Valley, Massachusetts

 Rocky Gorge, White Mountains, New Hampshire

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

Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine

Newport, Vermont

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

The Presidential Range, New Hampshire

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

Montpelier, Vermont

 New Hampshire

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

Mount Katadin, Maine

 Rockport, Maine

 Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism and Discover New England

Acadia National Park, Maine

Image courtesy of Discover New England

 Cranberry harvest, Plymouth, Massachusetts

 Image courtesy of Discover Plymouth and Discover New England

French King Bridge, Massachusetts

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire State Parks and Discover New England

Camden Harbour, Maine

 Photo courtesy of Discover New England

Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

 Photo courtesy of Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and Discover New England

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