The stunning palette of colors nature produces with the onset of fall entices many to venture out to see the sights via road trips. Numerous locations throughout the United States provide all with the opportunity to enjoy brilliant landscapes. Adventurers need merely check the foliage changing schedule for their location and take in the view.
White Mountain National Forest – New Hampshire
Approximately 56 miles of winding roads meander through the scenic location that combines colorful vegetation against a strikingly blue sky and picture-perfect waterways. A variety of hiking trails and scenic overlook spots provide great opportunities for picture taking. Visitors might consider early morning visits to avoid the crowds that merge on the popular destination.
North Shore Scenic Drive – Minnesota
Drive along some or all of the 154-mile journey that begins in Duluth and ends at the Canadian border. The spectacular landscape borders Lake Superior and boasts many tree species that include contrasting birch and pines. Rugged, rocky cliffs, clear blue skies, and waterfalls provide a great backdrop for the colorful foliage.
Blueridge Parkway – Virginia to North Carolina
A southern fall journey might involve driving along the spectacular roadway that spans nearly 500 miles. The 45 mph speed limit provides the chance to enjoy the view in all its splendor. Indulge in a hike to get a close-up view. Perhaps catch a glimpse of native wildlife. Fall wildflowers are also in bloom. Along the way, guests might stop at one or more of the little mountain communities and learn about the culture and heritage.
Beartooth Highway – Montana
The 68-mile journey is considered one of the United States’ “All-American Roads.” Along the way, switchbacks take visitors upward to an elevation that rises more than 10,000 feet in height. Varied-colored foliage joins blooming meadows, glacial lakes, clear skies, and snow-capped mountains to create unforgettable views. Guests also have the chance to see the black or grizzly bears for which the location derives its name.
The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway – New Mexico
The 83-mile journey takes guests through a mountainous region contrasted by golden yellow Aspen trees. Along the way, the switchback road passes along glacial waterways and hiking paths. Lakes, blooming meadows, and abandoned mining towns are also part of the unique landscape.