Road trips can facilitate some of the most magical experiences and moments with your loved ones, and fall is one of the best times to take one! Why, you ask? Because of the absolutely swoon-worthy weather with its cool, breezy temps, and the explosion of color that unravels as the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow.
But, not all road trips are created equal. There are particular routes that will leave you speechless, in awe, and frantically snapping photos at every turn. And although the pictures are a great keepsake, nothing can take the place of seeing the stunning imagery in person.
So buckle up, roll down the window and enjoy your front-row seat through America’s most brilliant drives!
Newfound Gap to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, TN
The Route: 49 Miles
What to Expect: Wind through stretches of colorful hardwood forests filled with flowing mountain streams, weathered historic buildings, and panoramic views of the glorious Smoky Mountains.
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
The Route: 109 miles
What to Expect: Get up close and personal with purple dogwoods, yellow and orange hickories, and deep burgundy leaves as you cruise along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains on one of the top scenic mountain drives in the U.S.
Route 30, New York, NY
The Route: 300 Miles
What to Expect: The Adirondacks have all kinds of outside activities to go along with beautiful natural colors. Route 30 is a scenic byway in the Adirondacks, which boasts one of the longer fall foliage periods.
The Route: 450 Miles
What to Expect: The upper reaches of U.S. Route 1 are filled with seaside mansions, striking foliage, and lighthouses set amidst craggy peninsulas.
U.S. Highway 62, Ozarks, AR
The Route: 197 miles.
What to Expect: Drive alongside the Upper Buffalo River, framed by 500-foot-high bluffs and dense flame-tipped oak forests, and soak up the Ozark Hills as the forests ignite in shades of scarlet, gold, mahogany, and russet.