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Best Autumn Road Trips Across the US

As the day becomes cooler and shorter, enjoy a drive on these great roads

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This summer's been hot all around the world. But now fall is coming and bringing its lovely autumnal weather. It's a season that brings us spectacular views as the trees change colors. Here are some of the best road trips across the US to enjoy this year, all across the country.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Spectacular mountain views are always available on the parkway | Credit: Flickr

Spectacular mountain views are always available on the parkway | Credit: Flickr

Nearly 500 miles of pristine Virginia mountain roads await on this route from North Carolina's Great Smokey Mountains National Park to Virginia's Shenandoah National Park. Along the way, you'll get to see old farmsteads, scenic overlooks, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, and more. Fall is the best time to experience this road, as the mountains become alive with color.

Olympic Peninsula

Enjoy the many islands on the Puget Sound along the way | Credit: Wikipedia

Enjoy the many islands on the Puget Sound along the way | Credit: Wikipedia

This route traverses the rugged coast of Washington, in the northeast US. This route passes through all the best of the northeast coast, including Olympic National Park, and offers spectacular views of lush forests, mountains, and water. Stop in Seattle to experience the Puget Sound, hike in the forests, and visit historic Port Townsend. With the cool, crisp weather, autumn is the best time to experience this beautiful area.

Route 1

Enjoy the Maine coast on this road | Credit: Flickr

Enjoy the Maine coast on this road | Credit: Flickr

While this route is most popular in the middle of summer, TripAdvisor rightly claims that September is the best time to go. Enjoy the great Maine seashore and the beautiful forests. This journey starts in Portland and goes for about 400 miles. Beautiful houses and lighthouses are sights along the way, as is Acadia National Park. Plus, enjoy some Maine lobster from the state.

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Experience the lakes of New Mexico | Credit: Wikipedia

Experience the lakes of New Mexico | Credit: Wikipedia

New Mexico has some great roads, too. This is a shorter route, less than 100 miles, but it's not left wanting for great views and roads. Lined with golden cottonwoods and aspens, this route starts and ends in Taos, New Mexico. If you time it right, you could visit the Taos Fall Art Festival from September 20-29.

Michigan Gold Coast

Lots of trees and small hills border Lake Michigan | Credit: Wikipedia

Lots of trees and small hills border Lake Michigan | Credit: Wikipedia

The Gold Coast of Michigan is a land of contrasts. First, there's the contrast between the great cities, including Chicago, and the sprawling forests and beaches. Then there's the contrast of all the colors in the fall season as the leaves change on the banks of Lake Michigan. A trip around here could see so many great sights around.

Enjoy

Enjoy your autumn, the last one of this decade. Perhaps you'll take one of these road trips, and I'd love to hear about it. Are you taking any others?

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Comments (20)

  • I have a vacation home near Blue Ridge Parkway, I spend most of October driving it and surrounding roads.

      2 years ago
  • Kancamagus highway in New Hampshire

      2 years ago
  • Did Route 1 and the Olympic Peninsula in September a couple of years ago. Perfect time of the year!

      2 years ago
  • Done Blue Ridge Parkway, Route 1 (I believe), and Kancamagus Highway. They are all great!

    Also love the drive to Rangeley, Maine up Route 17, passing The Height of the Land

      2 years ago
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