Feast on New England's fall foliage

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Any 'leaf-peeper' would agree with us: it doesn't get much better than seeing the fiery reds of a sturdy oak tree juxtaposed with an old wooden clapboard church in a small Massachusetts town. Or the burnt orange leaves of a yellow sugar maple tree, perched atop a modest hill and overlooking a storybook Vermont village below. Interested in getting a look for yourself? Follow our riotously colorful tour between September and October - the area's peak fall foliage season. You'll need a week to savor the nearly 800-mile itinerary of New England's autumnal splendor. Here are a few of the trip's highlights:

Taste the bounty Connecticut's colorful and vast farmlands by visiting wineries, pick-your-own farms, farmers markets and farm stands. At Litchfield County's Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, pick berries, peaches, plums and apples. Just 15 miles to the north lies Rustling Wind Creamery & Stables, where you can sample six different cow's-milk cheeses, goat's-milk cheese and fudge, jams and jellies.

Stop in Burlington, Vermont, situated on the shores of Lake Champlain; the Andirondacks of New York are located on the opposite side of the lake. Gorgeous. One of Vermont's most unusual and most visited attractions, the Shelburne Museum, is seven miles south of Burlingotn and right in the heart of the Lake Champlian valley. Founded in 1947, this museum is home to a variety of historical structures - including a jail and a 220ft-long steamship! - and a collection of 200,000 pieces of distinctive American folk art and crafts.

Want to enjoy the view from the top? Head next to New Hampshire's Wildcat Mountain and take a zip cable ride known as the Wildcat Express Gondola. No, you won't be hanging on with your fingers: the Wildcat is essentially a cross between a hammock and a chair. The half-mile route will have you soaring at speeds of up to 45 mph and the views of Mt Washington will absolutely blow your mind.

Have we inspired the leaf-peeper in you? This was an excerpt from a chapter of our New England Trips book - download the chapter to get the rest.

Want to trip down south? Download our free Great Smokies itinerary, taken from the Carolinas, Georgia & the South Trips book.