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Fall Scenic Road Trip Ideas

With the cooler weather setting in, it’s time to plan a road trip to view the beautiful fall colors. Many gorgeous spots across the country extend you a warm invitation to experience their splendor. So, get your car ready and pack your bags. Fall is already here!

Going-To-The-Sun Road, Montana

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a 50-mile stretch in Glacier National Park that takes about two hours to drive its entire length without stopping. But why would you choose to do that on a road trip? So, stop and admire the wildlife. Mountain goats, bears and bighorn sheep are found in this region. You can catch the best wildlife sightings near Logan Pass, which stands tall at 6,647 feet. Peak tourist traffic here is in summer, although portions of the road are open all year round. So, avoid summer and visit during September instead. This season will give you brilliant views of Western Larch trees, aspens and colorful mountain shrubs.

West Elk Loop Historic and Scenic Byway, Colorado

The Colorado Rockies are one of the most spectacular spots for autumn colors. This place is America’s aspen grove with a stunning display of orange, crimson, and gold. These colors form a sharp contrast against the snow-peaked Rockies in the backdrop. 

From Gunnison, this path heads north to Crested Butte and continues along the gravel Kebler Pass Road. It finally connects with highway 133 near Paonia Dam. Make a complete loop by heading back to Gunnison. Go south on Highway 133, towards Blue Mesa lake and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

The Golden Road, Maine

The Golden Road is a 20-mile stretch near Baxter State Park, which is simply fantastic for enjoying the fall foliage. Visit the Penobscot at the western end of the drive that drops to an incredible 75 feet through the Ripogenus Gorge. A footbridge runs along the Golden road’s one-lane Abol Bridge. This is one of the finest spots to catch the fabled view of Mt. Katahdin. 

The Moosehead Lake region also gives you a refreshing experience of driving along unpaved logging roads and under magnificent tree canopies. Get a sneak-peek into the gushing water all along this ride. Stop at the Attean overlook for a spectacular view of the Moose River valley that goes all the way to the Canadian border.

Inyo National Forest, California

The Inyo National Park stretches from the eastern part of Yosemite to the southern side of Sequoia National Park. It covers over 1.9 million acres of land covering nine wilderness areas. It includes the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, the Ansel Adams Wilderness and John Muir Wilderness. 

Considering this vastness and diversity of the region, fall is undoubtedly the most picturesque time to visit. This is the time when high mountain peaks, rugged canyons and the sprawling valleys showcase their beautiful colors from willows and aspens. The gold, red and bright orange colors will simply blow your mind away. 

A road trip gives you the quintessential fall experience you have been waiting for. Travel scenic byways and watch as the leaves change color. From mountain explorations to breathtaking views, there is so much a road trip can accomplish this fall season.