As summer gives way to autumn, there’s no better time to hit the open road and embark on a picturesque fall road trip. The United States boasts some of the most stunning fall foliage and scenic routes in the world. A road trip is also a great way to bond with the whole family! Whether you are obsessed with the colors of fall leaves, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys the cozy vibes of autumn, Great Wolf is here with some of the best fall road trips to consider for your next adventure.
1. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina:
Known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a spectacular display of fall colors. Winding through the Appalachian Highlands, this road trip is a must for leaf-peepers. Enjoy breathtaking vistas, hiking trails, and charming mountain towns along the way.
2. Great River Road, Mississippi River:
Explore the beauty of the Mississippi River Valley as you travel along the Great River Road. This journey takes you through ten states, offering picturesque river views, historic sites, and delightful river towns. Fall foliage adds an extra layer of beauty to this scenic drive.
3. New England’s Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire:
New England is famous for its vibrant fall foliage, and the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire is one of the best places to experience it. This winding road takes you through the White Mountains, offering stunning views and ample opportunities for hiking and outdoor activities.
4. Pacific Coast Highway, California:
For a different kind of fall road trip, head to California’s Pacific Coast Highway. While not known for traditional fall foliage, this route offers breathtaking coastal views, rugged cliffs, and charming coastal towns. The mild California weather makes it an ideal year-round destination.
5. The Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee
This historic route follows the ancient Natchez Trace used by Native Americans and early settlers. In the fall, it’s a serene and picturesque journey with vibrant foliage, serene forests, and numerous historical markers along the way.
6. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico:
Experience fall in the Southwest by driving the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in New Mexico. This route takes you through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, showcasing golden aspens and picturesque alpine landscapes.
7. The Ozarks, Arkansas and Missouri:
The Ozarks are stunning year-round, but they truly come alive in the fall. Drive through the Ozark Mountains and enjoy the vibrant autumn colors, pristine lakes, and charming small towns.
8. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula:
Known for its rustic beauty and dense forests, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a fall paradise. Explore the UP’s winding roads, crystal-clear lakes, and impressive waterfalls surrounded by the rich hues of autumn.
9. The Poconos Mountains:
The Poconos Mountains have beautiful scenery during the fall months. You can even head over to Great Wolf Lodge Poconos for a fantastic indoor water park experience. Check out some of the seasonal events Great Wolf is hosting this year.
Best of luck on your fall adventure!