By Madeline Klein on October 12, 2018.
Road trips aren’t just for summer. Hitting the road when the air is crisp, the PSL’s are aplenty, and the apples are ripe for the picking can be wonderful. Plus, you have the added bonus of getting to enjoy some top-notch scenery when you’re driving in the fall.
We don’t want to get too crazy, but, some people may even plan entire road trips around exploring the best fall foliage (literally, we’ve done that). We’ve put together some Instagram-worthy hot spots to visit if you’re looking for the best fall photos.
1. Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, or “Bah-Harbah” if you’re from the area, is a must-see destination for fall colors. The spot is surrounded by Acadia National Forest which is filled to the brim with beautiful fall trees. You can do some hiking in the forest and then enjoy the quaint city in the evening while you eat your fill of fresh lobster and seafood.
2. Ozark National Forest (Arkansas)
The Ozark National Forest is a destination for Midwesterners itching for some fall fun. The forest becomes a rainbow in the fall, full of the best reds, oranges, and yellows that you could ask for. There’s a ton of great outdoor activities if you’re looking to stretch your legs after a long road trip. But the tree-filled scenery alone is worth a drive to the area.
3. Conway, New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a northeastern treasure that is often overlooked by people not from the area. It’s packed with road after road surrounded by big beautiful trees that explode with color in the fall. It also has some great hiking in the area, thanks to the White Mountains. Find a nice fireplace to cozy up next to, and you’ll be in fall foliage heaven.
4. Taos, New Mexico
New Mexico isn’t the place people think of when looking for fall colors, but maybe they should. The drier area still gets some beautiful colors to explore and admire in the fall. Check out The Enchanted Circle trail to really get the full experience. The 85-mile loop will keep you oo-ing and ah-ing the whole time while you take in the fall foliage. Hope for a wet, dry autumn for the best colors.
5. Aspen, Colorado
Colorado is known for being a perfect outdoor adventure destination, and those adventures don’t stop in the fall. The peak colors, cooler temperatures, and fewer crowds make the fall a perfect time to experience Aspen. Trade in snowboarding for some jaw-dropping scenery on hikes, and you’ll have yourself a great time.
6. Lake Ann, Washington
Lake Ann is situated between dramatic, snow-covered peaks and is sure to please. Take the trail to the lake and really soak in the nature while you’re there. The pristine lake at the end of the trail is absolutely worth it. The alpine trees and fall colors with the mountainous background will make all your fall dreams come true in Washington.
Now’s the perfect time to throw your bags in your trunk, pop in a podcast, and road trip to one of these scenic destinations. Or, you may want to check out one of these national park roads to explore. The only hard part will be deciding where to go first!