It's Not Too Late!

Crisp air, longer nights, colorful leaves– Autumn brings plenty of reasons for outdoor adventure! Embark on one of these scenic drives for the best views of the vibrant foliage this season, each surrounded by an abundance of recreational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway - North Carolina, Virginia

Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway for the stunning scenery of the southern Appalachian Mountains. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles and connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, providing ample opportunities for stops at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails, and wonderful cultural and natural areas. Fall is a special time of year on the Parkway with the harvest visible along the roadsides in many places and communities showcasing their own version of fall festivals. 

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway - Colorado

Rise above the world and learn why the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway is called "the alpine oasis in the sapphire sky." The 63-mile route rises through the narrow canyon of Plateau Creek to the cool evergreen forests of the mesa top 11,000 feet above sea level, called Thunder Mountain by the Utes. Poised atop Land's End Overlook, you'll see the Grand Valley unfolding more than a mile below in splashes of golden rubble and vibrant foliage.

Savannah River Scenic Highway – South Carolina

Not only does the Savannah River Scenic Byway provide users with gorgeous scenic views, but it also gives tourists a glimpse of life in the rural South and opportunities to experience southern hospitality. This scenic highway winds along three major lakes and crosses through four counties. The spring and fall colors of the leaves are especially beautiful along this easy-traveling river route. Whether stopping to enjoy the fall foliage or hearing about South Carolina's role in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, you will definitely feel welcome.

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – Oregon, California

Explore the wonder and beauty of a dramatic volcanic landscape on Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which stretches from Crater Lake in Oregon to Mount Lassen in California, making this byway America's Volcano to Volcano highway. Surrounding this volcanic landscape is a wide diversity of scenery. On this byway you can travel through or near dense forests, where you’ll find bursts of fall foliage colors juxtaposed amidst rocky volcanic remains.

The Native American Scenic Byway – South Dakota

The history of the Sioux and other indigenous peoples unfolds along this byway through cultural, historical, and archeological sites in the heart of the Sioux nation. Enjoy the culture and the view along this 101-mile byway surrounded by excellent recreational areas.

Top of the Rockies Scenic Drive - Colorado

With altitudes rarely falling below 9,000 feet, Top of the Rockies is worthy of its name. As you explore this 75-mile route of towering peaks and broad valleys, keep your eyes peeled. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Elbert, the Twin Lakes area bursts with picture-perfect views of soaring peaks and lavish foliage around the state's largest glaciated lake. Natural beauty and rich history are showcased perfectly in this living landscape.


Where is your favorite place to admire the beautiful autumn foliage? Tell us in the comments section below!