Massachusetts is a state where one can drive from the tree covered hills and mountains in the west, to the pristine beaches in the east, in under three hours. Motorists who wish to see the best of the fall foliage can plan a scenic drive route through the state.
There are various books and websites dedicated to finding the best scenic route through the New England fall scenery. One route, via the top of Mount Greylock, and onto the Mohawk Trail, has for a long time been a New England official scenic route.
Via Mount Greylock and the Mohawk Trail, one can take a scenic drive through the Berkshires, and see views of five states from the top of Massachusetts' highest mountain. Note that the route up Mount Greylock is closed in winter after the first of November.
The section along Route 2 from the state border to the Connecticut River is New England's first official scenic route. The honor was designated in 1914 by the Massachusetts state government, at a time when motor touring was in its infancy. This route was first pioneered by Native American tribes, and now forms a scenic highway through some of Massachusetts' most spectacular scenery.
Although you can reach the Mohawk Trail without crossing the top of Mount Greylock it is worth making the 8 mile ascent for the views across the unspoiled rural landscape in this part of the state. From the War Memorial Tower at the summit one can see five states.
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