Autumn is the best season to take a road trip. The air is cooling off, the leaves are changing, and, as winter gets closer, we all get a little stir crazy. When adventure begins calling your name, answer with a click of the trailer hitch and head out! There are thousands of gorgeous places all over America to choose from, but here are five that are famous for their Fall season.
1. The Great Smoky Mountains | North Carolina & Tennessee
The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas are absolutely breathtaking during the Fall months. The picturesque small towns are filled with activities for the whole family, like old taffy and caramel shops, Ripley’s museums and adventures, fall festivals, and more. The surrounding areas have many trails and parks so that you can see the best nature has to offer, including Clingman’s Dome that has a view of three other states from its peak.
2. 88-Mile Loop | Vermont
In Vermont, there is an 88-mile loop in the center of the state along Routes 100, 107, 12, and 106 through Gaysville, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, and Killington. This route is dotted with beautiful historical landmarks and quaint farmhouses and barns. From the Fall foliage that surrounds the roads to the stretches of rolling hills, this is the perfect escape into the countryside.
3. Hudson River Valley | New York
This spot has been drawing leaf peepers since the advent of the United States. On the best days, you can see 5 states from the elevated panoramic view at the famous Point Lookout Inn on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The Fall season is the perfect time to make this trip Northeast and cool off. Plus, if you catch it at the right time, you can also swing over and catch the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
4. Route 44 & 154 | Connecticut
Connecticut is laced with old-timey country roads, including US Route 44 through Natchaug State Forest and State Route 154 through Old Saybrook. This historic trek has been featured in countless stories and movies for a reason. It’s filled with Revolutionary War history, the plant that served the Manhattan Project, and an Indian Village in Salisbury. This classic road trip also passes through some of the most lavish wealth in the country. Whatever you’re looking for, this trip has surely got it.
5. The Hocking Hills | Ohio
The Hocking Hills of Southeast Ohio unfurl their colors on the western slope of the Appalachian Mountains. The trip to this place is only the beginning and Hocking Hills State Park is the gem at the end. This scenic wonderland features breathtaking waterfalls, massive caves, and every outdoor adventure you can imagine, from canoeing to ziplining. This trip is a true adventurist’s paradise.
Whether you’re looking to go up the road or across the country, Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore. A road trip can help you connect with family and this wonderful country we call home. Summer may be over, but the adventures don't have to be. The leaves are falling, so what are you waiting for? Hitch up and head out to your next destination!
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