BOSTON (CBS) – If you love New England’s blazing botanical heritage then you know that the foliage in northern New Hampshire and Vermont has passed peak. But there is still a lot of great color right here in the city.

In some ways, the urban foliage experience is even better than the one available up North. Boston combines the beauty of nature, the historical sites, the spectacular restaurants, and the excellent shopping, all in one day. Here are my favorite spots for urban leaf-peeping.

5. The bike/pedestrian path along the Muddy River stretching from the Landmark Center in the Fenway to Jamaica Pond.

4. The mall that runs between the inbound and outbound lanes of Commonwealth Ave from Arlington St. to Mass Ave.

3. The The Arnold Arboretum. It is the oldest public arboretum in North America with many species of trees and lots of color.

2. Boston’s famous Esplanade combines foliage with splendid river views.

1. The historic and well manicured Public Garden. Established in 1837 by philanthropist Horace Gray, it features well shaped grand old trees that provide a unique and mystical foliage experience right in the heart of Boston.

There is really no reason to fight the traffic and spend a mint on gasoline. Relax and enjoy what is in your own back yard. Boston’s fall foliage is a treasure not to be overlooked.

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