Holidays In Massachusetts In The Fall, Scenic Drive Through The Berkshires

By Thompson Holiday

The fall is foliage season in New England, and many visitors come every year to experience the beautiful landscapes, and visit some of the many historic towns. This short article aims to give some ideas for those planning holidays in Massachusetts in the fall.

Massachusetts is a state where one can drive from the tree covered hills and mountains in the west, to the pristine beaches in the east, in under three hours. Motorists who wish to see the best of the fall foliage can plan a scenic drive route through the state.

There are various books and websites dedicated to finding the best scenic route through the New England fall scenery. One route, via the top of Mount Greylock, and onto the Mohawk Trail, has for a long time been a New England official scenic route.

Via Mount Greylock and the Mohawk Trail, one can take a scenic drive through the Berkshires, and see views of five states from the top of Massachusetts' highest mountain. Note that the route up Mount Greylock is closed in winter after the first of November.

The section along Route 2 from the state border to the Connecticut River is New England's first official scenic route. The honor was designated in 1914 by the Massachusetts state government, at a time when motor touring was in its infancy. This route was first pioneered by Native American tribes, and now forms a scenic highway through some of Massachusetts' most spectacular scenery.

It is possible to travel the Mohawk Trail, without crossing over the top of Mount Greylock, but if you make the ascent, and climb the 92ft. War Memorial Tower at the summit, you will be rewarded with a view of unspoiled, natural landscapes in five different states.

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