Growing up in New England makes it easy to take for granted that the leaves change colors in the fall. It was only recently that I began to fully appreciate the ephemeral beauty of the yellows, reds and oranges that decorated my neighborhood each fall. Many people travel to New England to witness the beauty of peak foliage season, which ranges from mid-September in northern New England to late October in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Here are some of the best places in New England to see the beauty of fall foliage:

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Take a leisurely cruise down the Connecticut River and see the fall leaves reflected in the water. While you’re there, check out Old Lyme’s colonial architecture and the Florence Griswold Museum.

Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

Go for a walk or hike in the crisp fall air on this 63-mile-long trail that runs through northwest Massachusetts. I hiked part of it a few years back and got to experience firsthand the beautiful reds and golds.

Stowe, Vermont

Although Stowe Mountain is known for its skiing, you can also walk, hike and even zipline down the mountain!

New England has many scenic spots to check out during the fall months. Do you have a favorite place to visit?