Six exciting ways to experience New England’s awe-inspiring ‘Fall’ colours this autumn

Six exciting ways to experience New England�s awe-inspiring �Fall� colours this autumn

From the state of Maine to Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, New England has so much to offer.

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Anne Gorringe

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Enjoy the stunning Acadia National Park from the skies

1. SEA PLANE in Maine: Enjoy truly awe-inspiring views of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park draped in stunning autumnal colours. A high-wing Cessna 172 plane provides unobstructed views over the parkâ??s foliage, the islandâ??s entire shoreline, three historic lighthouses, mountains and islands along the western shore. Prices for a 35 minute from 109 US Dollars per person, currently around £71. To book, see www.scenicflightsofacadia.com

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Take a thrill ride through New Hampshire on a zip-line

2. ZIP-LINE TOUR in New Hampshire: For the ultimate Fall thrill, take to the skies above New Hampshire to fly 225 feet above ground level through the foliage and up and over a carpet of autumnal colours near Lincoln. The SUPER SkyRider, Alpine Adventureâ??s ultimate zip tour, has an assault course of 18 zip lines and suspension bridges and travels at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Prices start from $115 per person (currently around £69). To book, visit www.alpinezipline.com

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Travel in style in Connecticut

3. STEAM TRAIN RIDE in Connecticut: Board a vintage carriage on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat for the ultimate Fall foliage tour of the unspoilt Connecticut River Valley. This 2.5 hour excursion travels through boldly hued countryside. Then, from the open decks of the Becky Thatcher River Boat, take in views of hills bursting with colour and a river engulfed in orange and red. The excursion includes a three course lunch and starts from $54 per person (around £35.50). For more information, see: www.essexsteamtrain.com

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See the quirky collection of hot air balloons in Vermont

4. HOT AIR BALLOON in Vermont:In October, hot air balloon flights will drift calmly over the sparkling shores of Lake Champlain and the newly red and amber hues of the Green Mountains in Vermont. Departing from historic Essex, the tour offers unrivalled vistas with champagne, Vermont fudge, sparkling cider, Cabot cheddar cheese and crackers. Prices start from $300 per person (£198). To book, visit www.balloonvermont.com

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Canoe tour prices start from just �£23 per person

5. CANOE in Massachusetts: Glide gently along a river engulfed in a forest of colour with a canoe tour of the Nashoba River from Groton in Massachusetts. Experience the colours shimmering in the water on a journey along three miles of narrow, meandering channel and into areas of lily ponds and woodlands. Tour prices start from $35 per person (£23). To book, visit www.nashobapaddler.com

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Explore America's smallest state from the air

6. HELICOPTER TOUR in Rhode Island. Board a helicopter in Middleton, Rhode Island for a colourful 25 minute tour in Americaâ??s smallest state. Once in the air, there are views of the finest foliage surrounding Tiverton, Westport and Little Compton, Westport River and local vineyards. Alternatively, the Elusive Islands tour takes in the colours of Aquidneck Island and Rose Island.From $90 (around £59) per person (minimum booking of two required). See www.riaerial.com or, for more ideas,visitwww.discovernewengland.co.uk

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