Best Fall Drives in America
Posted by Elizabeth Kovar on October 18, 2013 at 5:00 am
The cool air and colorful leaves are upon us. But not for long as November is soon to approach. Leaves will soon change another palette and become one with the earth. Are you ready for fall foliage to fill your eyes with bright colors from nature? Now is your chance to hop in the car, fill up the tank and drive to some of America’s best fall foliage routes.
Mountain Loop Highway | Washington
The magnificent loop in Washington includes the stunning drive from Seattle to Leavenworth on Route 2, where leaves of red, orange and gold light up the highway before, during and after Steven’s Pass. Highway 530 blossoms with more leaves as you meander through the mountain highways with the ability to stop at hiking trails or lakes along the way. Make sure to eat a bratwurst and admire the foliage in German town, Leavenworth. Expect to drive approximately 103 miles.
Starting in Portland, visitors can drive 450 miles of striking foliage set amidst posh seaside mansions. It’s every American’s dream to view fancy American living while overlooking coastal lighthouses. Stop for a hike at Acadia National Park or visit Cape Elizabeth for a fancy lobster meal.
The Green Mountain and Mad River Highway | Vermont
Explore 24 miles of vibrant colors set a top of lush, fertile fields. Maple, cherry and alder trees decorate roadsides, with peak foliage seen at Mount Mansfield. This trip can begin in Waitsfield and end in Stowe. To make a complete fall-trip stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill for a hot apple drink.
Lake Placid, New York
Dazzle your mind and sparkle your eyes while driving throughout the Adirondack region. Start at Lake Placid and drive 45 miles northeast on Route 86 along the high cliffs of the Au Sable River. Head toward Cascade lakes for a picnic lunch before driving back to Lake Placid. Keep posted to the Annual Flaming Leaves Festival.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park | Ohio
Starting in Cleveland, head south on I-77 toward Akron. Once you enter the park, view bursts of color in this 33,000-acre park. For a picture-perfect afternoon, take a short walk to Brandywine Waterfalls, situated amidst warm hues of foliage. To view more colors, hike or bike the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
Smokey Mountain National Park | Tennessee / North Carolina Border
This is the most visited national park in America. And it’s no wonder why from it’s beauty, charm and canvas-painted foliage. Drive 11 miles around the Cades Cove loop, to view panoramic views, waterfalls, streams and pristine beauty.