Awesome places to go on a road trip this fall
Worn out by the thought of hitting the road during summer? We don’t blame you, as everyone and their mother crowd the roadways and popular destinations. Besides, the outbreak of gorgeous fall colors is reason enough to put off your holiday until September and beyond.
Below, we’ll discuss a few awesome places to go on a road trip this fall.
Of all the regions in America, New England is the one we think about when Autumn is looming. With vast groves of hardwood trees that include sugar maples, the fall color display here offers a dizzying kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows.
Start in Vermont, where you’ll find the Ben and Jerry’s creamery in Waterbury, From there, take I-89 to Montpelier, the cute state capital. After your time here, the trip will truly begin with a short trip on U.S. Route 2 to U.S. Route 302. The latter highway will take you through stereotypical New England villages and towns on your way to the highlands of the Appalachians. They’ll begin in earnest not long after crossing into New Hampshire, and once you enter the White Mountains National Forest, you’ll be in fall color Nirvana. Late September is the optimal time to make this trip, as not only will fall foliage be in peak form, you’ll also get a chance to see them from the top of Mount Washington (weather permitting), the tallest peak east of the Mississippi.
After this, this route will take you into Maine. Winding past numerous lakes on the eastern slope of the Appalachians, you’ll have plenty of excellent views to enjoy on your way to Portland, Maine, a small but cosmopolitan city which offers scores of restaurants serving up this state’s coastal bounty.
Note, however, that the streets of the old city can be tight. Be sure to use a good backup camera to avoid getting into a fender bender at the end of an awesome road trip.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Want to take in fall colors this year, but can’t make it to New England for peak foliage? Thankfully, America’s numerous climates ensure that leaf peepers can simply head south if they missed the boat further north. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers the longest fall foliage road trip season in the USA, thanks to its southerly location and the variety of altitudes along the highway. The leaves start to change at the highest altitudes at the start of October, with the lowest spots peaking as late as early November.
With lots of hiking trails available for the active traveler, and the opulence of the Biltmore Estate just outside Asheville, NC, there is something for everyone to do along this popular road during the fall months.
While this region might not immediately leap to mind as a fall road trip destination, autumn is an excellent time to tour this part of the USA. The boiling temperatures of summer give way to cooler but still delightfully warm days as October dawns. At this time, leaves at higher elevations will begin to change, with the golden hues of aspens being the dominant color. However, oak trees and certain shrubs will provide some oranges and crimson hues, providing a brilliant contrast to the rusty rocks of this part of America.