New England erupts with color every mid-September through mid-October. The colors are so magnificent, thousands of tourists flock to New England every autumn to catch a sight of the display. Though countryside leaf peeping tours are exceptionally beautiful, strolling through Boston offers a new display around every turn. Golden leaves with an urban backdrop, bronze leaves with a river backdrop, there are a variety of spectacular autumnal scenes within the boundaries of Boston – no road trips required.
Autumn in Boston – 6 Reason to Visit
Enjoy the urban adventures of Boston and the brilliant leaves all at once! Here are six spots worthy of your time and photographs:
Charles River Esplanade
Separating Boston from Cambridge, the Charles River is an icon of Boston and pairs perfectly with fall foliage. There are many spots alongside the river with lovely foliage, but one of the best places to take it all in is the Esplanade. The Esplanade is a lengthy linear park which runs along the Charles River across from the Back Bay. This is the perfect spot for a picnic, a jog, or a bike ride.
Boston Common + The Public Garden
In the heart of Boston lies Boston Common and the Public Garden – two gorgeous expanses of nature surrounded by classic Boston architecture. A beautiful place to stroll in any season, fall is particularly grand due to the rainbow of autumnal colors. Look for the brass labels beneath the trees to find out what types of tree you are seeing. The Japanese maples change first so pops of autumn can be seen here in the Public Garden first. You can easily walk here from nearby Copley Square, enjoying the picturesque Back Bay as you go. Or, you can take the T and feel like a local.
Arguably the most photogenic and aesthetically magnificent part of Boston, Beacon Hill is the brick neighborhood of your dreams. With rolling hills and classic Europe-meets-America architecture, the addition of fall foliage simply enhances a sight that is dreamy year-round. Beacon Hill is found in the Back Bay, a short walk from Copley Square and Boston Common.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
One of America’s oldest rural cemeteries, Mount Auburn Cemetery puts on a brilliant fall foliage display and is easily one of the best places to stroll through. Peaceful, contemplative, and inspiring, the thousands of trees blooming with fall colors will delight your eyes. The cemetery is just a few miles outside of Boston.
Back Bay Fens
Part of what makes Boston a popular destination is its excellent blend of urban and nature. There are many buildings and shop-lined streets and scare parking, but there are also huge parks, open spaces, and fresh air to breathe in. One such place is the Back Bay Fens, an urban park with gardens and play areas, a few blocks behind Fenway Park and an absolutely lovely place to leaf peep.
Harvard’s campus, in general, is beautiful in the fall, but the Arnold Arboretum, which already specializes in trees, is the MVP of Cambridge foliage. Featuring over 5,000 different species of trees, the autumnal display in the Arboretum is fabulous. The Arboretum holds an annual Boston Fall Foliage Festival, which takes place on the last Sunday of October.
From mid-September through mid-October you really can’t go wrong with a trip to Boston. Walk, bike, run, or sit anywhere in the city and you’ll be privy to blazing trees. Visit one or more of these sites, and you’ll easily have the Insta worthy picture and a recipe for a peaceful experience.
Boston is the ideal fall getaway, book yourself a trip this season! Position yourself centrally in the city so you can easily get to any of the foliage sights, with a stay at Copley Square Hotel. Copley Square Hotel is located in the historic Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay, steps from Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and the Charles River.