Foliage drives are the perfect way to enjoy all the splendor of a New England fall, welcoming the kaleidoscope of color into your vehicle, as you marvel at the fleeting beauty that surrounds you.
Here is one of our favorite fall drives in Massachusetts at Mount Greylock.
Mount Greylock — You don’t have to travel too far to get a mountaintop view of the foliage. This 27-mile trip will take motorists from Lee to North Adams and the summit of Mount Greylock, located in the northwest corner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Situated just south of the Vermont border, Greylock is one of the state’s most-popular destinations come fall, During peak foliage weekends, traffic can be at a standstill along Rockwell (accessible via Route 7) and Notch (accessible via Route 2) Roads, and visitors can likely expect parking delays at the summit. The lookout is a glorious one though, capturing the season in the Berkshires, southern Vermont, and beyond on a clear day.
Points of interest: If the views outside aren’t artsy enough for you, stop by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, massmoca.org) for some of the liveliest and innovative art in the area. Those looking for a little more activity, but not too much should check out the Cascades Trail (22 Brickyard Court, North Adams), a short river walk along the Notch Brook in North Adams leading to a spectacular, cascading waterfall. The trail is only minutes away from the downtown areas of both North Adams and Williamstown.