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A Trip For Your Senses: Fall Foliage Road Trip


From bright yellows to fiery reds, fall foliage is something to be admired. Regardless of where you’re located, there are multiple routes within each region where you can experience the greatest colors. Charge your camera, pack your car, and embark on a vibrant road trip that’s one for the books!


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The Northeast
Green Mountain & Shires of Vermont Byways, Vermont

Also known as Route 100, this winding stretch through the mountains spans between Waterbury and Stowe for 11 miles. Foliage typically begins to change in mid-September, and areas of fall color remain through mid-October.  

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The Mid-Atlantic
Skyline Drive, Virginia

Spanning through Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive is the only public road that runs throughout the park. Although it’s 105 miles long and takes up to 3 hours to travel, there are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the valley’s foliage from mid-September through early November.

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The South  
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina

Located in Danbury, Hanging Rock, tops out at nearly 2,600 feet, providing you with the perfect vantage point to see the Piedmont’s beautiful colors. The park consists of more than 18 miles of trials rimmed with oak trees that hold their color well into November. 

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The Midwest
Tunnel of Trees, Michigan

This 20-mile stretch along Lake Michigan between Cross Village and Harbor Springs holds true to its name. From early October through mid-November, this route is blanketed by vibrant colors that makes for a magical drive.

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The Pacific Northwest
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Between the cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north, and Oregon’s mountains and waterfalls to the south, Interstate 84 isn’t lacking in scenery. However, from mid-September through mid-November, bright foliage turns this already noteworthy view into something out of a magazine.


For more fall travel tips, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/blog.