Although Salem is often thought to be the quintessential Massachusetts destination for fall, the state has so much more to offer. From scenic mountain drives to historical sites to outdoor sporting events, the Bay State offers something for every traveler this autumn. Get lost in nature on hikes for every skill level, or go for an early morning sail to watch the sunrise set fire to the ruby and auburn hues of the trees along the shoreline. Massachusetts is an iconic fall destination not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the endless list of things to do and see all over the state this autumn. Check out these local finds and hidden gems in every corner of Massachusetts.

10 Explore American Literary History In Amherst

Amherst, a quaint town of about 40,000 people, is home to the birthplace and residence of 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. The Emily Dickinson Museum is composed of two buildings, including Dickinson’s home and that of her brother. The author’s reclusive and secretive nature has left many questions about her life, but what answers remain can be found in her modest yellow home. Dickinson’s poetry reflects a rich and expansive inner world, but in reality, her grave is located less than half a mile from her childhood home. Literary travelers will enjoy an intimate glimpse into the life of a great American poet.

9 Visit An American Castle In Haverhill

Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill was erected in the 1870s by American agriculturalist and chemist James R. Nichols. Perched on a hill overlooking serene Lake Kenoza, Scottish and English stone architecture directly influenced the massive structure influenced by Scottish and English stone architecture. The park in which the castle is set offers activities year-round for the community and visitors. However, in autumn, the lush woods around the castle and the lake present truly majestic views from nearly every angle.

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8 Discover Quabbin Reservoir In Central Massachusetts

The largest inland reservoir in Massachusetts, Quabbin Reservoir, offers outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, and walking. Located in Belchertown, the reservoir features 180 miles of lake coastline and sprawls over 39 square miles. Visiting at the height of the fall foliage season, travelers are engulfed in the dazzling hues of the trees and the cerulean blue of the reservoir. Travelers are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy a meal in nature. Boat rentals are also available for those interested in exploring the lake and its islands.

7 Find Whales (Not Just Rocks) In Plymouth

While Plymouth is often associated with colonial history, the town has much more to offer the curious traveler. A little-known fact: Plymouth is a good location for whale watching from spring into fall. Visitors seeking adventurous nature experiences and historical tours can find the best of both here. Whale-watching tours can be taken all day, but sunset tours add special magic to the moment. The sunset on Plymouth harbor illuminates the coastal treeline. Ocean conditions change quickly, and whale pods can move great distances in a short time, so visitors hoping to spot whales should confirm with the boat operator close to the sailing date.

6 Learn About Historical Seaside Marblehead

Marblehead is a charming seaside town with a long history. The town was originally occupied by a community of Native Americans who were members of the Algonquin Nation. In 1684, the area became a British settlement. Centuries-old architecture still stands here, tucked among small-town mom-and-pop shops and romantic winding lanes. For a taste of historical Massachusetts, with a sprinkling of bright autumn leaves and a generous dash of charm, travelers should add Marblehead to their Massachusetts itinerary this fall.

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5 Sleep Aboard A Battleship In Fall River

Fall River holds a special place in the hearts of maritime and military enthusiasts. The city is home to Battleship Cove, a massive collection of World War II-era battleships. Visiting families can also enjoy an overnight camping experience aboard the USS Massachusetts. Visitors learn about the decommissioned battleship, once active in WWII battles in North African and South Pacific waters. Battleship Cove is an especially memorable experience for young travelers and a little-known highlight of any autumn visit to Massachusetts.

4 Take The Mohawk Trail Scenic Drive

A fall foliage drive is a simple, fuss-free way to enjoy the beauty of the Bay State in the fall. The Mohawk Trail offers a picturesque scenic drive roughly parallel to the Deerfield River. This long-established trail once served as a trading route dating back thousands of years. Today, great finds along this route include charming small towns, local eateries, and spellbinding overlooks.

3 Enjoy Rally And Regatta In Cambridge

There are few quintessentially Massachusetts moments as memorable as picnicking on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Head of the Charles Regatta is a half-century-old rowing race that includes thousands of athletes in the annual competition. The race happens in the autumn, so it is the perfect time to enjoy beautiful fall foliage against the sparkling backdrop of the Charles. Visitors can access parts of the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campuses from the river bank for an added attraction.

2 Relish Nantucket’s Other Peak Season

While most travelers tend to associate Nantucket with summer travels, there are plenty of reasons to visit in the fall. The summer crowds give way to an unhurried pace in the autumn. Visitors can enjoy delectable dining, sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, and boutique shopping without feeling crowded or rushed. Travelers can arrange an early fall sail to see for themselves why Massachusetts is known as the Bay State. Bed and breakfast accommodations tend to have fewer bookings after the summer, so visitors have better odds of snagging a cozy room in one of the many Instagram-worthy B&Bs.

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1 Take The High Road In Mount Greylock

The highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, offers mountain biking, hiking, camping, and a host of other outdoor activities. With an elevation of nearly 3,500 feet, Mount Greylock features hikes of many difficulty levels. Travelers should carefully choose their routes. The auto roads are open through the fall to allow visitors to drive through the area by car. What’s more, the area is pet friendly, so visitors can bring their four-legged friends (on a leash) to enjoy the fall splendor too.