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9 Unforgettable Road Trips to See America’s Autumn Beauty

9 Unforgettable Road Trips to See America’s Autumn Beauty

If you’re like me, you can’t resist the siren call of the open road during autumn. With crisp morning air and brilliant foliage around every bend in the road, the sights and smells are just too much to resist! The good news is that there are plenty of places across America with stunning autumn scenery, so you don’t have to limit your road trip to one area. Here are 9 of the best road trips in America to see the fall foliage!

The Blue Ridge Parkway

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The parkway provides visitors with some unforgettable views of fall foliage, especially at the higher elevations. Along the way you will pass by Asheville, North Carolina; Roanoke, Virginia; and Charleston, West Virginia.

Scenic Route 66

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable autumn road trip, take Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. The highway starts in Chicago and ends in Santa Monica and is more than 2,400 miles long. Along the way you’ll encounter stunning fall colors that turn mountains, valleys and forests into a living tapestry of golds, reds and oranges. This route will also take you through eight states: Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California.

New England Scenic Byways

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A region of the U.S. that few people talk about but should be on everyone’s bucket list is New England. Spanning Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island this area has some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the country.

Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park

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Driving through Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park is a scenic route that can be enjoyed by all. The drive begins with the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile stretch of road that continues up into Virginia.

Pacific Coast Highway

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The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is a scenic route that runs for over 1500 miles, stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Along the way, you’ll experience stunning views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and rugged coastline on the other.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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The Mount Evans Scenic Byway starts in Idaho Springs and climbs up the eastern side of Mount Evans. The route is only open during the warmer months, so visitors will want to plan accordingly. The best time for fall foliage viewing is around September, but depending on where you are coming from you may see some color in August. Hiking trails are also available along the way if you feel like getting out of your car to stretch your legs.

Cascades Loop Scenic Byway

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Oregon’s Cascades Loop Scenic Byway is a breathtaking journey through some of the most scenic parts of the state. The route takes you past waterfalls, lily-covered ponds and thick forested areas. Visitors can also spot deer, elk, coyotes and bears along the way.

Natchez Trace Parkway

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The Natchez Trace Parkway (NTP) is a National Scenic Byway that travels 444 miles from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. Along the way, the parkway passes through some of the most scenic areas in the United States including Alabama Hills and Rock Creek Park in central Alabama and Kiawah Island in South Carolina. The NTP is also home to the only National Park Service site dedicated solely to remembering those who died as a result of slavery – Freedom Rides Museum.

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