If it’s brilliant foliage you want to see this fall, then consider making Cape Cod your fall foliage getaway destination. Cape Cod, along with the rest of New England, is loaded with color in September and October. And, well, you really have to see it to truly understand how amazing it is.
Timing, though, is everything. You want your fall Cape Cod vacation to coincide with peak foliage season. Generally, the peak foliage times start up north in Vermont and Maine, and spreads south as the fall season progresses. While many argue that the colors are better the further north you go, don’t dismiss the peak season in Cape Cod – which is usually the week before, or the week of, Halloween. While there are fewer mountains and forests there, the fall colors can be just as striking as they are in northern New England.
Planning Your Stay
If you can get away during the week, that’s the best time to head to New England. Quite often “leaf peepers” make a long weekend out of their visits, but those in the know make their visits here during the week. That’s when the fewest other leaf-peepers are around.
Also, look for towns that don’t attract big crowds. Staying off the beaten track will allow you to luxuriate in the essence of the season one-to-one. In looking for special places, when you get here, don’t hesitate to ask local residents or business owners where the less crowded vistas are. They may not give away their favorite secret spot, but they will give you some ideas about where to go and have it all to yourself.
If you’re planning on staying at one of the many Cape Cod Hotels, try to make your reservations as early as possible in advance so you can get the room or suite of your choice.
Also, try to find a “centralized” place to stay in Cape Cod – like West Yarmouth - from which you can make different day trips on each day of your fall foliage vacation.