31. Concord, Mass. in the fall

The sugar maples are the crown jewel of a New England fall. They turn such lurid shades of red, yellow and orange that New England's strait-laced founding fathers must have had to avert their eyes. "I do not see what the Puritans did at this season, when the maples blaze out in scarlet," wrote Henry David Thoreau, a Concord native. He knew better than anyone that when they ripen, they outline nearby Walden Pond; frame the North Bridge, where the American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775; and put on a leafy fireworks display around Monument Square in the center of town. >> Read more
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