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Best Places for Leaf Peeping on Cape Cod

Fall foliage is at its finest on Cape Cod mid-September through late October—the leaves tend to be at peak color a little later in the season, due to the Cape's relatively seasonal climate. At our Cape Cod boutique hotels, AWOL in Provincetown and The Coonamessett in Falmouth, we love to recommend that our guests travel around scenic Cape Cod to see the beautiful reds, oranges, and golds of the tree-covered hillsides. Check out our tips for how to see the best leaf peeping on Cape Cod during your stay.

Once you cross the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod, take a scenic detour on Route 6A, or Old King's Highway. This road passes through some of the oldest villages in the country, making it a great place to take in quintessential New England. With trees, stone walls, cranberry bogs, and historic homes on view, Route 6A is a great introduction to the charm of Cape Cod. Stretch your legs in Brewster at Nickerson State Park, where the Cape Cod Rail Trail provides 22 miles of leaf peeping on Cape Cod.

The Cape Cod National Seashore is a great place to enjoy the show that is the changing fall foliage on the Cape. A huge swath of protected beaches, dunes and marshland, the National Seashore stretches from Chatham to Provincetown and has miles of walking trails. You'll find plenty of scrubby evergreens, but also red maple, oak, and beech trees. Their changing colors, right next to the ocean, provide a great picture of the Cape's unique beauty in the fall.

You can also enjoy the fall bounty of the Cape at Cape Cod Winery with a tasting of their Cranberry Blush. Located in East Falmouth, this family-owned winery makes several varieties of wine from Cape-grown fruits like grapes, blueberries, and cranberries. A $10 tasting fee (which includes a souvenir wine glass) lets you sample a number of these great Cape wines while relaxing in the tasting room. A visit to this winery is the perfect cap to an afternoon of scenic leaf peeping on Cape Cod.