We can’t think of a better time to go enjoy what nature has to offer. Maybe you’ve been working from your kitchen table for months, maybe you’ve been on the front lines at the hospital, or teaching little ones via Zoom – and no matter what you’ve been up to, you’ve likely had big travel plans cancelled…
So it may be time for a little leaf peeping adventure (full disclosure: as a California-headquartered company, some of us are pretty new to the idea of ‘leaf peeping.’ But we have trees here too, so we figure it’s fair game).
First of all, this 2020 Fall Foliage map will tell you exactly where you need to be to see fall leaves at their peak. Start there, and then try these 5 tried-and-true destinations for leaf peeping road trips.
When it comes to leaf peeping, New England has it down. Check out Vermont’s fall foliage report to make sure you’re headed at the right time. Then take a cruise down the Green Mountain Byway, or try one of these scenic drives.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Not only does the 469 mile Blue Ridge Parkway consist of two states (Virginia and North Carolina), but it also squeezes in two national parks along the way (the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah). With overlooks and viewpoints the whole way, the Parkway’s speed limit is 45, so take in the fall colors and take it slooooow.
LAKE SUPERIOR CIRCLE TOUR
For the more determined and committed leaf peepers out there, one state may not be enough. The Lake Superior Circle Tour is a 1,300 mile loop that takes you through three midwestern states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan) and the Canadian province of Ontario. Do it in stages or all at once.
New York’s southern Finger Lakes region gives off peak fall vibes. Try one of these scenic drives with farms, cheese companies, cider tasting, museums, and brewing companies along the way. Just remember to bring your mask and sanitizer for the pit stops.
The East Coast doesn’t get to have all the fall fun. New Mexico’s Aspen trees turn to vibrant gold in the fall, but it doesn’t last for long. Hit the road and hop on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway (if that name doesn’t say it all…) or the Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway. Camera required.
And if you’re looking to double up on fall activities (the more festive you can be, the better if you ask us), check out this list of best places for apple picking and see if you can make some extra stops along the way.