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Drives With the Most Beautiful Fall Foliage

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As beautiful as the lush green (and sweet freedom) of summer may be, there’s just no comparing to the weather of fall.

So many people are lucky to live in places that are full of the rich signs of autumn’s return: the falling leaves. As the season changes, flannels make a comeback and most beautifully, the leaves take a turn from the typical green to impressive hues.

Autumn The trees are pretty awesome this time of year

Not everyone is just a peek out the window away from fall weather. Many Americans live in cities or in climates that don’t see the same kind of fall. Where can you go to check out some of the best fall foliage? These scenic drives will leave you in awe and have you constantly wanting to take long way home, no matter where home may be.

  1. Ohio - Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills Hocking Hills

Southeast Ohio’s rolling hills are full of trees, greenery and natural formations that look nearly untouched beyond the reach of the highways. The Hocking Hills boast more than just nature’s best, they’re also equipped with attractions for everyone.

  1. Illinois - Great River Road

Great River Road Great River Road

Illinois doesn’t exactly come to mind as everyone’s favorite coastal state, but its Great River Road features more than just a stunning view of the water. The route also is home to millions of trees along mountain peaks.

  1. Michigan - Gold Coast

Gold Coast Gold Coast

Between small fisherman’s towns along the lake, Michigan’s Gold Coast is packed with different varieties of fall-friendly trees. Travelers can have their pick of breathtaking glances out the window and roadside restaurants/shopping.

  1. Pennsylvania - Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park Presque Isle State Park

Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle feels like stepping into a vintage film, and this old-fashioned aesthetic fits seamlessly into the coziness of autumn. Passersby can take a trip through this PA state park and check out not only the island’s roller coasters and light houses, but a journey through time.

  1. Washington - Olympic Peninsula Loop

Olympic Peninsula Loop Olympic Peninsula Loop

The Olympic Peninsula of Washington tends to be the most green, but just because it isn’t overripe with orange, yellow, and red doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve its own recognition. The evergreen trees are a cool contrast to the fall faves.

  1. North Carolina - Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway

This NC staple does double duty as it leads into Virginia and basically looks like the definition of fall. Be careful when navigating the curves of the road. These sights can be distractingly jaw-dropping.

  1. Virginia - Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park

Onto Virginia, which boasts a gorgeous and peaceful national park rife with mountaintops, scenic views and gold, orange and red as far as the eye can see, all only a bit away from the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C.

  1. Colorado - Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells Maroon Bells

Colorado is known for being the most outdoorsy and camp-friendly state in the country, so it’s no surprise that its mountainous Maroon Bells are surrounded by trees true to their colorful name. In the fall, maroon isn’t the only hue that drivers can find here.

  1. Vermont - Route 100

It can’t get any more quaint than this northeastern states’ Route 100. A look to the left is an array of autumnal shades, a look to the right is an old-fashioned schoolhouse or a Colonial-era church.

Krista Doyle