Drive No. 4
Northampton to North Adams: the Berkshires of Massachusetts
The fall foliage in Massachusetts' Berkshires is the perfect backdrop to the area's inviting towns. Begin in Northampton, home to Smith College, whose campus has a botanical garden and an art museum. Take your pick of back roads to the quintessential New England village of Shelburne Falls. Head south on Route 112 and then west on Route 116 through the Kenneth M. Dubuque, Windsor and Savoy Mountain state forests. Finish your travels in North Adams, home to the iconic Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Drive No. 5
Lewiston to Rangeley: Maine's Western Mountains
The final fall foliage drive in New England takes us to Maine, the largest and most unspoiled of all the New England states. Start at the former mill town of Lewiston on the banks of the Androscoggin River and follow Route 4 to 108 north to the working paper mill towns of Rumford and Mexico. Pick up Route 17, pass through the hamlet of Byron, then climb into the Western Maine Mountains for an awe-inspiring view of Mooselookmeguntic and Rangeley lakes. The rustic town of Rangeley is the perfect place to savor a New England fall foliage finale.
Also of interest: See America's best sunrises and sunsets.