Find a leaf-peeper cruise
There's sometimes little room at those cute New England country inns from late September through October. But a boom in East Coast sailings is a boon for foliage lovers. For the budget conscious, it's hard to beat Carnival's weeklong cruises from New York to Boston, Portland, Saint John and Halifax — and back — starting at about $650 per person, including meals and taxes. Royal Caribbean also has wallet-friendly options, and American Cruise Lines has sailings up the Hudson River on its luxurious new 175-guest American Constellation.