Yellow aspens. Orange sassafras. Red maples. For lovers of fall leaves, there’s no better way to see the seasonal color show than by taking an epic road trip. Whether you want to explore national parks or cruise iconic highways, these six destinations are just begging to be explored. So, book your RV rental and head out for the ultimate seasonal vacation.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
The Shenandoah National Park is known for its 500 miles of trails — perfect for exploring the area on foot. For the most scenic cruise in the park, Skyline Drive boasts some of the best views. With 75 overlooks along the way, have your camera at the ready to document stunning colors at every turn. Fall color lovers should plan on reserving their Virginia RV rental for late October to catch the best glimpses of the state’s stunning fall foliage.
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The Million Dollar Highway, Colorado
With a name like that, how can you resist? Though this stretch of U.S. 550 is beautiful year round, Autumn is the showstopper time to go. Often compared to Switzerland’s landscape, this is one fall break drive you won’t want to miss. For 25 miles, this winding road boasts views of Southern Colorado’s best terrain, including the towering San Juan Mountains. Late September or early October will give you the most vivid colors.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Oregon beckons the nature lover, with its cascading waterfalls and mountain peaks. Add 80 miles of fall foliage to the mix and an epic road trip through Columbia River Gorge is bucket list worthy. Designated as a National Scenic Area, the Gorge is the largest area to receive the accolade in the country. Be sure to leave time for plenty of stops because beautiful hikes like Angel’s Rest and Triple Falls are a must visit. Plan to book your RV rental in Oregon for early to mid October.
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Finger Lakes, New York
What do you get when you combine wine, great food and fall color? The Finger Lakes region in Ontario County, New York! While the official Harvest Celebration of Food and Wine is in September, this New York destination keeps the fall fun going all season long. The area boasts a stunning, 75-mile drive from Rochester to Syracuse with numerous wineries and local eateries along the way, making for an epic road trip that is just made for the food and wine lover in your life.
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The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts is home to scenic drives that are ideal for any fall break road trip. One of the most recommended routes is along Route 2, known as the Mohawk Trail. You’ll witness the vibrant colors of the season as well as the famed Hairpin Turn. The drive is also dotted with historic brick buildings and picturesque white churches that pop against the fall foliage.
Photo Credit: Patrick Barry & VisitTheBerkshires
The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada
The island of Cape Breton is home to some of the best views Nova Scotia, Canada has to offer. The world famous Cabot Trail features 185 miles of rocky coastline and stunning fall foliage as it passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Visit small town ice cream shops and fishing villages for a truly unforgettable experience.
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Fall In Love With Autumn
Whether you prefer to hike along trails, taste seasonal wines or just take in the sites, these epic fall road trip ideas are sure to be the perfect vacation. Remember, to book your RV rental early and secure your campsites along the way, as fall break can be a busy time to travel.