Fall Scenic Road Trip Ideas

Fall Scenic Road Trip Ideas

As the weather gets crisper and the leaves begin to change color, it’s time to plan a road trip to take in the scenic beauty and enjoy a few days away from the hustle-bustle of everyday life. The New York Times found that even as the duration of road trips is getting shorter, the number of people hitting the highway for the weekend is increasing.

The right kind of car can make all the difference in how your road trip pans out. You don’t need speed machines, but rather a more practical vehicle that allows you to cruise the highway steadily and soak in the scenic beauty that the countryside has to offer. 

Here are our top five road trip ideas that you should not miss this fall.

The Gulf Coast

The sunny Gulf Coast becomes inviting in the cool weather of fall. It is a 60-mile stretch from western Mississippi to southern Florida and hugs the shore the entire way. The highway features national forests, protected marshlands, white-sand beaches and restaurants serving delectable seafood. 

The Mohawk Trail

The Mohawk Trail below with its pastures, red barns, lakes, tiny villages, white steeple churches and village greens is one of the most scenic routes in America, according to National Geographic. The trail allows you to drive up to Mount Greylock, the highest peak in the Berkshires and enjoy the view below.

San Juan Skyway

With color-morphing aspens that envelope acres and acres of mountain passes, the San Juan Skyway forms a loop of 233 miles in the southwestern part of Colorado. This multi-hued canyon clinging stretch between the towns of Silverton and Ouray is called the “Million Dollar Highway” because of its cost. The San Juan Skyway is considered a must for all road-trippers, especially in fall.

Kancamagus Highway

Also known as “Kanc,” this 35-mile stretch is the country’s premier fall foliage viewing routes in New Hampshire. This route takes you to almost 3,000 feet and takes you through the White Mountain National Forest. It offers picturesque views of the fall foliage in the Beaver Pond and is buzzing with picnickers and photographers during fall foliage season. The highway offers a breathtaking view as the sun sets.

Golden Road

The Golden Road is a 20-mile stretch near Baxter State Park in Maine. At the west end of the road is the Penobscot River that drops into the Ripogenus Gorge and makes it a paradise for white water rafters. The footbridge that runs along the Golden Road offers a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin with its rugged fall foliage ablaze in fall.

A couple of hours away from this spot is the Moosehead Lake Region which offers breathtaking views of tree canopies and unpaved logging roads. You can spot the river from the gaps in the foliage and head up to Attean Overlook for a picturesque view of the Moose River Valley that runs up to the Canadian border.

So, there you have it. Our top five road trip ideas this fall. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head out to any one of these glorious locations that will take your breath away this fall.