While every season has something wonderful to offer, we truly believe that autumn offers us a little big of real life magic. Temperatures drop from summertime, leaving us with cool breezes and crisp air.
We start to bake fall time favorites like apple strudel, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon sugar cookies. Best of all, the trees start to change color, creating a gorgeous backdrop of autumnal hues like russet red, brassy orange, and burnt yellow along with the bits of green that are still hanging on.
This is why we think it truly is the best time to hop in the car and go on a road trip. Here are some of the best trips to take during the fall to really make the most out of what this beautiful transitional season has to offer.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia
Of course, most of us think of New England when it comes to breathtaking fall foliage. However, lots of other areas has plenty to offer, and Georgia is one of those places. Best of all, you get the best of both worlds: gorgeous changing leaves without the freezing temperatures. Start the the Russell Brasstown Scenic Byway, make your way to Helen, which looks like a Bavarian village, and then continue on to Clayton. There you’ll be able to hike at Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest and enjoy Georgia Wine Country.
Finger Lakes Region, New York
Enjoy classic northeastern fall foliage out in the country by visiting the Finger Lakes region in New York. Make things truly exciting by starting out in New York City and heading through Pennsylvania, where you can stop at Tobyhanna State Park. Then head to the “Switzerland of America,” in Jim Thorpe borough. Then you can continue to the Finger Lakes where you can visit Cayuga Lake and enjoy more delicious wine at local wineries.
Covered Bridges Loop, Connecticut
For those who love a good hike, this 100-mile loop has plenty to offer. You can visit Town of Falls Village in Canaan, which looks the same as it did in the 1800s. You can also visit the Appalachian Trail bit that runs through the town for a lovely day hike. Pass through the West Cornwall Covered Bridge that goes over 172 feet of the Housatonic River.
Massachusetts’ Historic Trails
Start in the middle of the city of Boston where you can walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail that takes you through 16 miles of historic sites. Head west to go to the Berkshires, where you’ll get a full view of the classic New England foliage. You can then visit Old Sturbridge Village or Northampton.