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Best Fall Road Trips

Fall is my favorite time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love every season for its own uniqueness, but there’s just something about the fall. The temperature allows for outdoor activities like biking without getting overheated, fire bans are lifted, everyone gets together for dinner parties, and the colors of the changing leaves… oh, the colors!

So you’ve decided that you want to set out and take a road trip. It’s harvest time, wine tours are at their peak, as is the fall foliage. But no matter where you are, or where you go, the way to cover the most ground—and take in the biggest eyeful of color—is behind the wheel. So the ultimate question is: where to go? Take a look at our top 5 spots across the country that can’t be missed!

Route 112, New Hampshire
The ‘Kanc’ (Kancamagus Highway) is always worth a drive. Taking route 112 west is a special treat. Be sure to keep an eye out for fun off-shoot roads that can provide stunning views and fun side adventures.

Best time to go: mid-September with peak times the first two weeks of October.

Skyline Drive, Virginia
It’s easy to fall in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. Especially with its 105-mile-long Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. A special mention has to be made for route 211, around its 32-mile marker, there are plenty of overlooks to snap photos. And don’t forget to stop at the host of vineyards for some wine tasting.

Best time to go: 2nd to 3rd week in October.

Best Fall Foliage Drives Skyline Drive

Aspen, Colorado
When searching for the perfect fall foliage drive, how can you go wrong when the world-famous town is named after an extraordinary tree. Aspen leaves turn a rich yellow hue in the fall making a picture-perfect contrast with the evergreens and gorgeous mountain peaks.

Best time to go: mid-September to the first week of October.

Aspen Colorado landscape photo in full colour during the fall. Image has mountains and a blue sky in the background.

Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the US with 800 miles of roads and hiking trails. There are more than 100 species of native trees, including maples, scarlet oaks, hickories, and sweet gums providing a jaw-dropping display of fall foliage in golds, oranges, crimsons, and purples.

Best time to go: early October through early November.

Distance shot of the Great Smokey Mountains covered in red coloured trees. Image is in full colour and has a blue sky background.

Upper Peninsula, Michigan
With nearly 4 million acres, Michigan’s state forest system is the largest in the eastern U.S. The U.P. offers more than twenty forested state parks, all with a variety of ash, aspen, beech, birch, maple, oak sycamore, tamarack and many more. Not to mention the state is sandwiched between three of the Great Lakes providing the perfect mirror to the rich fall colors.

Best time to go: mid-September to mid-October, with the peak happening in October.

Upper Peninsula Michigan ocean view with cliffs covered in trees on the left side. Image is in full colour.

Rent an RV in North Carolina

Rent an RV and bask in the natural beauty of North Carolina, “The Tar Heel State”. With over 900 miles of hiking trails and plenty of breathtaking landscape, your North Carolina RV rental vacation is sure to be well worth the wait.

North Carolina - Great Smoky Mountains. Image is of tree covered mountains with clouds in the background, full colour.
North Carolina – Great Smoky Mountains

Take your North Carolina RV rental into the mountains and you’ll see the Appalachian mountain chain running through the western region of North Carolina. Mount Mitchell, the highest peak along the USA’s east coast, stands tall at 6,684 feet. Your RV rental mountain vacation will be incomplete if you don’t see the Great Smoky Mountains (pictured here) because they are what makes North Carolina one of the USA’s top scenic attractions. You could then take your North Carolina RV rental through the strikingly beautiful mountain ranges on the world-renowned Blue Ridge Parkway.

If you drive your North Carolina RV rental into the central region of North Carolina, you’ll find dynamic economy at its best. Central North Carolina is filled with sloping foothills, North Carolina’s biggest cities, large financial institutions, top-notch universities, industrial centers, textile and furniture factories, highways, tobacco farms (main agricultural industry), high-end shopping, top golf courses, historic sites, and entertainment venues. Central North Carolina’s climate is mild and sees the sun 210 days of the year.

For those who are driving their North Carolina RV rental toward the coastal area, you will find sunny, unspoiled beaches, gigantic sand dunes (highest along the east coast), and wetlands packed with wildlife and plants. Don’t forget to make a stop at the Outer Banks, a chain of delicate barrier islands containing 130 miles of pristine coastline that’s enveloped by 900 square miles of water.

To add some history to your North Carolina RV rental, you’ll find places that date as far back as the 16th century. There are historic sites from the pre-Revolutionary War Days and very old lighthouses including Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, also the tallest on the USA’s east coast. To see a major US seaport, drive your RV rental to Wilmington.

Food is extremely important to the people of North Carolina. Toward the South Carolina border, you’ll discover a fishing village called Calabash where you’ll eat an excellent assortment of fresh seafood. There are all sorts of food festivals held in North Carolina every year. A North Carolina favorite is pork, especially pork that’s been barbecued. You’ll eat BBQ pork in a variety of ways at these festivals and if you bring some ideas home to your kitchen, you’ll revisit your North Carolina RV rental vacation whenever you sit down to eat these fabulous foods.

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