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Leaf Peeping Spots Near Boston

Leaf Peeping Spots in Cambridge
Come fall, you will start seeing Cambridge and surrounding areas get covered in a blanket of color. Many people visit Cambridge during the fall season to experience the gorgeous foliage that turns into hues of yellow, orange, and red. If you visit Cambridge between the months of late September and November, it will be hard to miss the leaves turning into a sea of gold. Take a look at some of the popular spots where you can experience the fall colors in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

The Esplanade
The Esplanade in Boston is a long park along the Charles River. It stretches for three miles along the Boston side of the river from the Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge. A popular spot for runners, walkers, and bikers, the Esplanade turns into an ocean of orange and gold during October when the fall foliage in Boston reaches its peak. This is a very popular spot among tourists and locals alike to watch the beautiful colors of fall.

Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum, at Harvard University, is another very popular spot to watch the fall foliage in Cambridge. Considered to be a jewel in Boston's Emerald Necklace, this gorgeous museum of trees turns into a completely different world during the fall months. With a collection of more than 14,000 trees and shrubs, the Arboretum turns into a sea of color during October. Take a free guided tour of the area or walk around by yourself and experience this beauty of nature. The grounds of the Arboretum are open every day from dawn to dusk and are easily accessible.

Harvard Yard
The Harvard University Campus is another popular area to spot the spectacular fall foliage. Walk around the red, yellow, and orange trees, or sit on the chairs under the colorful canopy and relax.
Fall is one of the most gorgeous seasons of Cambridge. The colors around are mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. Come back to your inviting accommodations after an exciting day of leaf-peeping. Our sophisticated rooms with a distinct Cambridge style are the perfect place for you to unwind and let the colors of fall linger in your memory, just a little longer.

Memorial Drive
The Memorial Drive, between the Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street, is closed to traffic every year from the last Sunday of April till the second Sunday of November. With colorful trees and a host of recreational activities during this time of the year, the Memorial Drive is another excellent spot to peep foliage.

Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is a charming locality near Cambridge, adorned with brownstone houses, narrow lanes, and cobbled streets. This photogenic area turns into a dreamy locality during the fall season every year. You can walk through this historic neighborhood and marvel at the gorgeous colors of the leaves. Begin your walk on Charles Street and explore the bright narrow alleys. Peek into the hidden gardens of the neighborhood and visit the charming boutiques and cafes in the area.

Mount Auburn Cemetery
The Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. It is spread on 175 acres of hills in Cambridge and is known as America's first garden cemetery. While the cemetery is a popular spot throughout the year, this place turns into a magical area during fall. With more than 5,000 trees representing over 630 species, the cemetery is one of the best spots in Cambridge to spot the fall foliage. The resident and migrating birds that flock the area are a bonus. The hills, ponds, and woodlands give you enough to explore. The colorful leaves provide ample photo opportunities between the months of late September and late November.

Rest Up at the Freepoint Hotel Cambridge, Tapestry Collection
Come back and rest well after your Fall foliage excursion at the Freepoint Hotel Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Our rooms with high-end amenities and locally sourced furnishings will ensure you wake up refreshed for another day of adventure in Cambridge. 


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