BOSTON – When people visit New England in the fall, they are definitely coming here for one of two reasons. They either want to experience something spooky in a region known for its history with horror and Halloween. Namely, Salem, Massachusetts. Or they want to experience something purely autumnal in a region that is also known for its beautiful fall foliage, myriad fruit and vegetable picking locations, and plethora of fall festivals. Of course, there are always the people who want to do both, which is great because it is easy to experience the two sides of fall in New England simultaneously.

For those of you who want to experience what your own home has to offer in terms of autumn or for those of you who are traveling to New England as tourists to see what all the fuss is about, there are fortunately plenty of resources to reference when looking for the best in fall foliage.

Thanks to a survey that was conducted by Boston.com, we now have a general sense of the best fall foliage spots in New England, courtesy of New Englanders themselves. In the survey, the location that received the most votes was simply "Vermont." For specific Vermont locations, Stowe garnered multiple votes and Woodstock and Killington also clocked in on the survey. Locations in Maine received seven votes in the survey, which was matched solely by the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

As for Massachusetts, twenty-three different places were voted on from western Massachusetts to Boston itself, but the only specific foliage spots that garnered multiple votes were the Arnold Arboretum, the Berkshires, Jamaica Pond, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Public Garden, and Worcester. I have to say, Amherst has some beautiful views, as well.

Christopher Padgett, a photographer from Salem, also chimed in on Boston.com with some tips on how to take pictures of the beautiful nature scenes. His tips included taking photos at the "golden hour," which comes as the sun is setting, but not so far set that the sky begins to change colors. You will recognize the golden hues that descend upon the trees just as easily as Kacey Musgraves did. As for Padgett's favorite locations to snap photos, he recommends the Public Garden and Bay Village. Your Instagram will look beautiful with photos of foliage like that, or you can just take them in with your own eyes!


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