Planning a Fall Road Trip? These Routes Offer the Most Vibrant Fall Colors

Some say road trips are best in the summer, but others enjoy taking a fall road trip to see the vibrant fall colors. When autumn arrives, the leaves begin to change to oranges, reds, and yellows across the nation. It’s a time of changing from one season to another, and the amazing fall colors can be the perfect backdrop to your fall road trip this year.

Go on a classic fall road trip to New England

Vibrant Fall Colors along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire could make the perfect fall road trip
Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire | Shutterstock

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Pictures of quiet, colonial towns come to mind when you think of autumn leaves changing colors. Heading to New England is a great plan when you want to cover several of the most picturesque drives in the country. The small villages nestled across the New England countryside will take your cares away and give you the amazing escape you’re looking for out on the road.

Some of the classic New England roads that Jetsetter recommends you drive are:

  • Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
  • Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire
  • The Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts
  • Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway, Maine
  • Last Green Valley Scenic Byway, Connecticut
  • Palisade Interstate Parkway, New Jersey

Along these routes, you’ll find quaint little places to stop and grab a bite to eat or lovely Bed and Breakfast locations where you’ll enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

Are you heading west to see some of the most vibrant fall colors?

Autumn Colors Along the San Juan Skyway
Autumn Colors Along the San Juan Skyway | Shutterstock

If your fall road trip takes you westward beyond the Mississippi River, you’ll find some incredible places to enjoy the drive and the colors of fall. The San Juan Skyway in Colorado is an excellent road to travel for autumn’s beautiful reds and oranges. This road takes you to Durango and the “Million Dollar Highway,” which is in the hub of ski country.

Another incredible drive in the western states is along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in New Mexico. This road runs from Taos to Questa and offers you 83 miles of fall colors with the landscape of New Mexico as the backdrop.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most iconic fall road trips

Vibrant Fall Colors Along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Vibrant Fall Colors Along the Blue Ridge Parkway | Shutterstock

When you love to see the leaves changing, and you love to drive, the fall colors meet perfectly along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This road takes you from Virginia to North Carolina or vice versa, to see the amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Very few roads offer 469 miles of fall colors, but the Blue Ridge Parkway does. Take this road and enjoy the most vibrant fall colors you’ve ever seen.

Maybe the Midwest has the vibrant fall colors you want to see

Misty Waterfall at Lake Superior something you could see on a fall road trip
Misty Waterfall at Lake Superior | Shutterstock

The Midwestern part of the country could be ideal for your fall road trip. You can see miles of amazing colors and beautiful small farms in various stages of harvest. If you head toward the north, you’ll want to take your passport and enjoy the Lake Superior Circle Tour. This tour takes you through Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and into Ontario, Canada. The loop is 1,300 miles long and one of the only roads offering a longer stretch of fall colors than the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Another option in the Midwest is the Sylamore Scenic Byway in the Ozark National Forest. This road runs through Arkansas to give you beautiful fall foliage and mountainous scenery that makes you want to stop and take a few photos.

Where will your fall road trip take you to see the vibrant fall colors as the seasons change?

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