The cool crisp air, with the smell of the ocean and the hillsides covered in autumn leaves, describes perfectly, an East Coast road trip that will arouse the senses. Historic landmarks, waterfalls, lighthouses, and majestic views await you.
While you can jump in the car and head out anywhere to experience the season, these scenic drives and destinations will blow everything else away. These are several stretches of asphalt to consider, while celebrating fall with an East Coast road trip.
Green Mountain Byway (Vermont)
Plan a road trip in Vermont, on the Green Mountain Byway. You will travel through the towns of Waterbury and Stowe, while passing historic homesteads and farmland, three state parks, all the while with a mountain backdrop. You will also pass Mount Mansfield, a vantage point that is the tallest mountain in Vermont.
Route 1 (Maine)
Route 1 is well-over a 450-mile scenic road trip that will take you along Maine’s seashore, edged with colorful autumn leaves. Start on Route 1 in Portland and enjoy Maine’s many lighthouses and mansions tucked away along the coast. If you have time, don’t pass up Acadia National Forest that’s mountains and hills are vibrant in color.
White Mountains (New Hampshire)
While not directly on the east coast, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, make for the perfect fall road trip getaway. Every fall, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here to see the White Mountains during the autumn season. There are many great hiking trails and historic covered bridges to be explored.
Skyline Drive (Virginia)
This is another foliage scenic drive a little ways from the coast, but worth a mention. Skyline Drive is a 105 mile stretch of road that will take you through Shenandoah National Park. The park has cascading waterfalls, hiking trails with amazing mountain views, blanketed in different fall hues. If you happen to be driving around sunset, Range View Overlook, Bearfence Mountain Summit, and Thorofare Mountain Overlook provide epic views.
Another fall spectacle you don’t want to pass up, is hidden in the hills of Massachusetts. There are three scenic drives worth reckoning while exploring the Berkshires in the fall. Mohawk Trail Byway, Mount Greylock Scenic Byway and the Jacob’s Ladder Trail are among the favorites. You will be led through mountain valleys and passes by many historic houses, old pilgrim churches, and pull-offs for beautiful views and hiking trails.
These are a number of East Coast road trips that you can take during the fall, that perfectly captures the season’s beauty. Before you head out, make sure you get a proper tune-up at your local dealership for your vehicle!
Which road trip is close to you that you might consider? If you live along the East Coast, what other scenic drives would you recommend?