Top 10 New England Leaf-peeping Locales


Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region, New Hampshire

Route 12A meanders along the Connecticut River and is known for its old barns and covered bridges. The Cornish-Windsor covered bridge -- the longest two-span covered bridge in the United States -- is in this region (don't miss its sign: "Walk your horses or pay two dollars fine").

From Route 12A, pick up Route 11 and head east to scenic Sunapee Lake. Or, take a ride to the top of Mount Kearsarge at Rollins State Park in Warner. From the summit, you can see Boston, the Green Mountains of Vermont and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

Find your way: Plan your trip to begin on Route 12A in Claremont, but be open to exploring the region. This drive is better suited for those with wanderlust and time to explore.