Nothing beats Fall in New England. The chill in the air, the leaves, the sheer New England-ness of it all. It’s a cyclist’s dream. And if you’re a cyclist, it’s a trip you’d regret not taking.
But because the same is true for thousands of other cyclists, drivers, and bikers, you’ll have to be sure to get the timing right.
So consider renting your 10- or 15-passenger Ford van now—and heading out early in the season for a mid-week adventure that’s light on traffic and heavy on Northeastern charm.
Where should you go?
Awesome Choice #1:
THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY
“The Kanc,” as it’s referred to by folks in the know, stretches 34.5 miles from Lincoln to Conway, New Hampshire. Recognized as a National Scenic Byway, it’s about as New England as it gets—with spectacular views, seasonal tourist attractions and foliage galore.
But don’t let all that beauty distract you. The Kanc takes you through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest up to an elevation of 2,855 feet—where hairpin turns and rugged terrain are sure to test your skill and endurance.
Awesome Choice #2:
Farmland. Wooded roads. Historic country towns. The 54-mile Where’s Chester trail has it all. And in mid- to late-October, it’ll all be covered in some of the best Fall foliage northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have to offer.
Hungry? Stop by the General Store in Chester, NH. Love scarecrows? Check out Chester’s scarecrow festival (who knew?). Hoping to break a sweat? You’ll find plenty of challenging hills—and plenty of amazing views that make the climb well worth it.
Awesome Choice #3:
THE CAPE COD RAIL TRAIL
Looking for a more casual experience? The Cape Cod Rail Trail, which currently stretches from Yarmouth to Wellfleet, offers 26.7 miles of easy-going, mostly flat-grade cycling. The paved trail takes you through beaches, cranberry bogs and the fabulous Fall colors of Nickerson State Park.
Swim in a freshwater pond. Have lunch in Provincetown. Explore a wildlife sanctuary. It’s all in a day’s ride.
No matter where in New England you cycle this Fall, you’re in for a treat. The colors, the views, the fresh air—it’s only a van trip away.