Fall Foliage Drives
One of my favorite parts of fall in Michigan was enjoying the changing leaves on a long road trip. So it shouldn’t surprise you that I’ve eagerly created a list of the fabulous fall foliage drives in the United States to enjoy. It was hard to limit the list, since every road with colorful leaves is beautiful. But here are some of the best places to enjoy the leaves changing.
Gatlinburg – Take 11E from Johnson City to Greenville and then US Route 321 to Gatlinburg. You’ll drive along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. MSNBC called it one of 10 great American road trips.
Arkansas State Highway 7, Lead Hill to Hot Springs. When you are tired of the fall foliage in Ozark National Forest, stop at Cliff House Inn and Restaurant in Jasper to see Arkansas’ Grand Canyon.
Montana has two of the best drives in the country.
Beartooth Highway, Mt – Charles Kuralt called U.S. Highway 212 from Red Lodge to Cook City “the most beautiful drive in America.” It is only open until mid-October or first snowfall. So don’t dally in October.
Before you pack for your trip, you should definitely check one of these three color maps in order to make sure that the leaves along your drive are ready for your visit. After a few clicks, you’ll know whether you should hit the road, wait a week, or cry because you missed the peak color change.