Fall is right around the corner which means it’s the perfect time for
a road trip! You’re not dealing with driving in snow or the brutal
summer heat. Instead you’re enjoying the brisk air, apple picking,
,and the changing fall foliage. The bursts of yellow, orange, and red
tend to start at the end of September through mid-November depending
on what part of the country you’d like to visit. Plan a trip to one of
the destinations below!
Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina & Virginia
America’s Favorite Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles of highway that connects
Virginia and North Carolina and winds through the Appalachian
Highlands. Along the parkway there are many different family-friendly
stops like the
Museum of North Carolina Minerals
Humpback Rocks. To stretch your legs, there are plenty of trails. One of the most
notable trails is the
Otter Creek and James River Hiking Trails.
The best part about this drive is that it is beautiful year-round.
Even if you miss it at peak foliage, you’ll still be glad you
made the trek.
Berkshire Mountains – Massachusetts
If you happen to be in the Northeast during
September or October, one of the most popular places for foliage
finders is located in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts.
Although Vermont and Maine are more popular destinations for people
looking to see the beautiful reds and yellows of the leaves, the
are not to be overlooked. Driving through narrow roads and small
Massachusetts towns only add to the experience.
If you make it to North Adams you can drive to the summit of
Mount Greylock, which is the highest point in Massachusetts. Once you reach the
top, you can see for 90 miles on a clear day!
Smoky Mountains – Tennessee & North Carolina
Peak season for the Smoky Mountain foliage is from early October to
mid-November; visitors travel far and wide to take a peak at the
bright changing colors. Depending on temperatures, the length of the
day, and other factors, the peak season can last anywhere from five to
Once you reach Gatlinburg, there are many things to do and enjoy with
the family. The
Gatlinburg Space Needle is
highly recommended to enjoy 360 degree views of the foliage. If
that’s not your speed, you can visit
, and many more attractions.
Ozark Mountains – Arkansas and Missouri
There are too many places to list when driving through the Ozark
Mountains in Missouri! The amount of stops, hiking trails, and
camping areas are endless. Peak season typically occurs in late
October or early November depending on the temperature. One of the
best places to stop along your travels is
Jasper, Arkansas, the town has the
Arkansas Grand Canyon,
Hillary Jones Wildlife Museum, and many other attractions for all ages to enjoy!
Typically weather in Arkansas ranges from the high 40's to the
low 70's making it a great getaway before winter starts.
Gateway to Amish Country – Ohio
Unlike most of the drives listed above, the Gateway to Amish Country
only takes about an hour and overlooks the beautiful landscape of
Ohio. Along the way you can enjoy delicious homemade cooking, and
shop for many different handmade items from food to crafts. During
the drive you’ll also see two of Ohio’s most scenic
Kokosing and the Mohican.
One of the most exciting moments of the drive is when you come
across Ohio’s second longest covered footbridge — the
Bridge of Dreams. There is plenty of parking under the bridge to make sure that you
and your family can enjoy the historic Bridge of Dreams.
Pineywood Autumn Trail – Texas
East Texas is one of the most popular destinations when it comes to
The Pineywoods Autumn Trail
is one of the most popular. The 145 mile drive starts in Athens and
ends in Palestine. There are activities for all ages, whether you
enjoy wineries, fishing, hiking, or art. There is truly something
for everyone along the drive!
One way to get up close and personal with the colors is by enjoying
a zipline adventure with New York Texas Zipline Adventures. The longest zipline will take you 1,500 feet and offers 30-mile
views from each platform.
Hopefully one of the scenic drives above piqued your foliage
interest and you’ll give them a try. Before you hit the road,
contact your local Acceptance Insurance Agent
for a free quote on car insurance. We want to make sure you are safe before you hit the winding