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19 Reasons New England Does Fall Better Than Anywhere Else

If you're looking for fall foliage anywhere but New England, you're doing it wrong.

1. You'll never get tired of driving around, because the roads are flanked by the most picturesque trees ever.

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There are entire driving tours dedicated to checking out the stunning foliage around the area.

2. And if you happen to drive under one of New England's covered bridges? It's almost too charming for a human being to handle.

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3. Apple picking is New England's official fall hobby.

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4. And the fresh-pressed apple cider is second to none.

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New England apple cider or nothing.

5. Oh, and ESPECIALLY apple cider doughnuts.

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The perfect fall snack.

6. The crisp temperatures are perfect for enjoying a local fair.

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Like the Topsfield Fair, which has been around since the early 1800s, making it the oldest continually running agricultural fair in the country.

7. Or for heading into a corn maze and getting lost for hours.

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8. And those cool temperatures make enjoying foods like a hot bowl of New England clam chowder even better.

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Any clam chowder that isn't New England clam chowder can GTFO.

9. Speaking of food, fall is the perfect time for pancakes and maple syrup, which is basically a New England speciality.

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You can try Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, New Hampshire, the town where the man behind Uncle Sam lived during his childhood.

10. You want a ~spooky~ Halloween? Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the infamous witch trials, is one of the most Halloween-y places you'll ever find.

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11. Or you can go on one of New England's many ghost tours (if you can hold your nerve).

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New England was (basically) the first area in the entire country to be settled by the English, so there are pleeeenty of ghosts in the area. Try the Providence Ghost Tour, which takes you through Providence's East Side, where the neighborhood dates back to the 1630s.

12. New England takes pumpkin carving to a whole new level.

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The Keene Pumpkin Festival, in New Hampshire, set a world record last year for having the most carved and lit jack-o'-lanterns in one place. And if you grow pumpkins yourself, you can always enter them in the All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair.

13. And when you're getting your pumpkin to carve, you've got to take a hayride out at the pumpkin patch.

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Seriously, if you make it through a New England fall without taking a hayride, something went awry.

14. The state parks have some of the most incredible views you've ever seen.

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Like Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where you can take an aerial tram almost 4,200 feet in the air.

15. But if you don't want to leave your urban environment, it's no problem because fall is EVERYWHERE in New England.

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Like the Arnold Arboretum, in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

16. From the woods...

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17. ...to the small towns in the hills and mountains...

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18. ...to the seaside towns and villages...

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19. ...no matter where you go during autumn in New England, you're bound to encounter some stunningly resplendent scene.

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And that's why New England does fall better than anywhere else.

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