With richly historical towns and vast unspoiled wilderness, New Hampshire is one of the most charming and nostalgic states in the US; and it’s never more beautiful than during foliage season. Leaf peepers come from far and wide to experience New Hampshire’s colorful fall spectacle, and Mother Nature never disappoints.
From mid September through late October, vibrant crimson, burnt orange, golden yellow and even deep plum hues hang from the trees in a natural artistry romantic enough to bring out the inner-Whitman in any lucky observer.
Thinking of a trip up from New York City or Boston to take in one of New England’s most gorgeous and fleeting gifts? Grab a C&J bus to New Hampshire’s seacoast, then check out this brief guide to nearby leaf-peeping in NH!
White Mountain Fall Foliage
No discussion of New Hampshire foliage would be complete without a nod to the majestic White Mountains. If you’re renting a car and you’ve got time for a weekend away, a trek up the the Kancamagus (Rte. 112) into the White Mountains is an absolute must.
The scenic drive alone is worth the trip, but if you prefer to have a final destination in mind, plan to walk the famous Flume Gorge (a naturally formed 800 foot-long gorge located at Mount Liberty’s base) or take the kids to Story Land in Glen, NH.
Seacoast Foliage Fun
Of course, while the White Mountains might offer the most unspoiled panoramas, they’re also quite a hike! The truth is, you don’t have to travel deep into the Whites or Lakes Region to get an eye-full of gorgeous fall foliage. Easily accessible by any C&J bus, New Hampshire’s seacoast offers myriad opportunities for leaf peeping, without the four hour drive.
Almost anywhere in the seacoast can make for a serene foliage-viewing expedition. Meet up with a friend or rent a car to visit Odiorne Point State Park in Portsmouth’s neighboring town Rye, or check out the dog-friendly Wagon Hill Farm in Durham (just minutes from our Durham transit stop).
If you’re catching our Dover-bound bus, a drive through the old farm-roads of nearby sleepy towns like Madbury and South Berwick (okay okay, that’s technically Maine) is sure to provoke some impromptu photo-shoots.
But to be honest, you don’t even have to travel that far to take in New Hampshire’s breathtaking foliage.
Leaf Peeping in Portsmouth
Downtown Portsmouth (just a five-minute taxi ride from the Portsmouth C&J stop) boasts the best of both worlds: gorgeous fall colors, great shops and dining, and lots of historic scenery to inspire the photographer within.
Head down to Prescott Park for a foliage spectacle you won’t see anywhere else: fall’s vibrant hues set against a backdrop of gorgeous harbor views, bobbing tug-boats and the swirling currents of the Piscataqua River. Then walk to nearby Strawberry Banke, the outdoor museum displaying historic artifacts dating back to the 1600s, for a truly nostalgic New England experience.
In all honesty, no matter where you end up in New Hampshire, you’ll catch a gorgeous glimpse of nature’s seasonal progression; so pick a spot and head up for a visit!
Check Out VisitNH’s Foliage Tracker
Are you more of a planner? Since peak foliage viewing in New Hampshire can vary quite a bit from north to south, VisitNH offers a super-useful foliage tracker that shows when leaves are at their most colorful in each region.
Pro tip: download the app for your smartphone to check the foliage report and get location details on-the-go! You can share your photos and follow others by using VisitNH’s Instagram hashtag #nhfoliage.
So city-dwellers, what are you waiting for? Start planning your fall-getaway to New Hampshire today. We’ll get you from NYC to Portsmouth, NH in just five hours, and from Boston to Portsmouth in just two!
Want more information about our north-bound buses from Boston and New York City? Contact one of our friendly agents today!