In a previous post today we named some plum scenic drives for fall in Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont. We continue below with links to pages filled with scenic drive tours and maps in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
New Hampshire -- White Mountains Region
Pinkham Notch Loop and Jackson Village
This loop drive affords some spectacular views of the Presidential Mountains and surrounding countryside, including Mount Washington. A good side trip at Pinkham Notch is a climb up the Mount Washington Auto Road, presenting one of New England's most spectacular mountain vistas. Points of interest include the charming village of Jackson and its covered bridge. Big pumpkin festIVAL here in October.
Massachusetts --North of Boston / Cape Ann
Rockport / Gloucester / Essex / Newburyport
This comprises two sections; one is centered on the town of Newburyport, midway between Salisbury Beach and Plum Island. Great trip for people who love walking beaches and watching marine plant and animal life.
The other drive begins or ends at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate with a breathtaking vista above a large estuary, and then meanders through the towns of Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport. This last town, in particular, is noted for its many galleries and gift shopping.
Rhode Island -- Blackstone Valley Region
This drive will take you around portions of the Scituate Reservoir, the pristine water source for much of Rhode Island. Try to attend the Scituate Art Festival, held in the center of town every Columbus Day weekend. Salisbury Farm at Pippin Orchard Road and Plainfield Pike in Johnston is a multi-generational farm that celebrates fall with pumpkins, a corn maze; hay rides on the weekends; and a farm stand with strawberries, sweet corn, raspberries, pumpkins, and decorations.