The fall is one of the most striking and vibrant times of the year, especially if you explore the national parks or northern states of this beautiful country. The trees turn bright shades of red, yellow, and orange, and whole towns light up in celebration of the season. You have delicious foods to enjoy, can bundle up, and generally enjoy a nice, cozy, and comfortable trip with a loved one, friends, or with your whole family.
Get Out There and Explore the Beautiful Landscapes of Fall
Fall transforms the United States in all the best ways. You won’t be able to find a better vacation than during this time. By going before October 31st you will also be enjoying fun Halloween activities, from parades, to county fairs, to pumpkin patches and beyond. It’s a great time to go if you love the season or the upcoming holidays.
So get on out there. Plan around Thanksgiving or make your Thanksgiving special by venturing out with your family and seeing all the things you are thankful for first hand.
Plan a Road Trip
The best way to explore the United States during the fall is to plan a road trip and to do it around or near some of the beautiful state or national parks.
Rent a Vehicle
Unless you live right near these destinations your best bet is to fly in and then rent a vehicle once you land. This will give you the ability to get right into the thick of the fall colors and let you explore smaller areas along the way. The best part about a road trip are the surprises you find along the way!
Prepare For Long Haul Travel
When renting it is best to choose a spacious vehicle that offers the best gas mileage for its class. You will then want to fill your rental with provisions to make your road trip comfortable, no matter who you are going with. This means packing food, snacks, lots of water, games, pillows, and blankets.
With the possibility of a road trip and the crisp, clean air of fall, it’s time to forget about summer vacations. Book your time off for the fall, because these top four destinations are calling:
Where to go for the Best Fall Vacations
Greater New England
New England is one of the most beautiful areas in the world to explore during the fall season. There is so much to see and explore, from great routes, to great parks, to even better cities.
Routes to Take
- State Route 169, Connecticut
- Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts
- Auto Road, New Hampshire
Cities to Explore
Boston is a great place to start your road trip. It is beautiful, with a lot to do especially during the fall season.
New Haven is a great coastal town that will let you enjoy the small town joys of the region.
Perfect for Halloween! Go and learn about the witches of Salem.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon National Park is a great place to go and explore during the autumn. Unlike in summer months the temperature now is very pleasant, meaning you can go and explore the canyon in its fullest without blaring heat and scorching sun.
Routes to Take
- Grand Canyon to Bryce Canon
- Route 66
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is another great destination, both for the fun activities the town hosts during the fall, but also for the Grand Teton National Park nearby. Here you will be able to enjoy classic fall foliage and mountain views all at once. A true highlight of this season, however, is the National Elk Refuge. This is the mating season, so elk are very active and a great sight to see.
Best Routes to Take
- Grand Teton National Park Inner and Outer Loop
- Teton Pass
Yosemite might be primarily evergreen but there are still some colors to be had. Mostly though you will be able to enjoy this beautiful area with fewer tourists. Go camping and explore the areas of Yosemite, Glacier Point, and the Tuolumne Meadows.
Routes to Take
- Yosemite Valley Loop
- Glacier Point Road
- Big Oak Flat Road
The best way to experience the fall weather is to go right into it. Drive down windy woodland roads and take in the color of the season. Stop by into small towns and enjoy the harvest festivals, fresh food, and fun activities. Go in October with the kids and you’ll have so much to do wherever you go from corn mazes to pumpkin patches.