Now that labor day has come and gone, we can officially say that fall is in the air. Even if the leaves may not have changed colors yet, September is definitely getting everyone in the mood for sweaters, pumpkin spice, and cozying up under the blanket with a good book. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway this autumn that will give you tons of gorgeous fall views along the way, here are some of the top fall road trips to take throughout the different regions of the United States.
Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Although New England may be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of gorgeous fall foliage, head to Georgia for the same amazing views and warmer temperatures. Take the Russell Brasstown Scenic Byway down through the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Chattahoochee River. Make your first stop in the mountain town, Helen, where they hold an Oktoberfest celebration. For the best views in the state, head to Brasstown Bald, the highest natural point in Georgia.
If you’re a hiking enthusiast, stop in the quant Clayton, where the nearby Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest has tons of hiking trails. Nearby is also a plethora of vineyards in Georgia Wine Country.
Connecticut’s Covered Bridges Loop
This one is a 100-mile loop through the northwest corner of the state. Pass through historic-looking Town of Falls Village in Canaan that looks like it’s stuck in the 1800s. Take a day hike by following the white marks of the Appalachian Trail, which runs right through the town. Pass under the West Cornwall Covered Bridge, which stretches 172 feet over the Housatonic River. Head to one of the nearby state parks for more hiking, and of course enjoy the New England Foliage along the way.
Another warmer option is the drive up the California Coast. Take an oceanside hike outside LA in Point Magu State Park. Then travel up the coast on Highway 101, with ocean views along the way, to Santa Barbara. Make a pit top in nearby Solvang, which is modeled after a Danish town, with wineries and amazing scenery.
This historic highway has been hailed in songs and movies. It’s definitely worth the trip, even if you don’t make it the whole way. Begin in Chicago and trace the historic route through to St. Louis, Tulsa, Santa Fe, and beyond. There are many noteworthy stops to make along the way, including The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, the 80-foot Blue Whale, and the Cadillac Ranch.