Video: Travel's Best Fall Foliage Road Trips

Teri Johnson reveals the country's best leaf-peeping drives.
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Every Day Is a Winding Road

It's the all-American dream vacation: a cross-country road trip. Car top pulled down, wind whipping your hair, Route 66 sliding past and, of course, the perfect road-trip playlist on the stereo. Learn the best road-trip routes, as well as information on iconic sights to see along the way, like where to stop for killer roadside grub.

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Sunapee is a beautiful spot along the leaf-peeping trail in New Hampshire. 960 1280

  

Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, Route 112, from Lincoln to Conway to see some of New Hampshire's legendary leaves. 960 1280

  

Riverton, CT, is the quintessential New England village with a glorious display of autumn leaves. 960 1280

  

Cruise along one of Connecticut's rivers for a different perspective on the area's colorful fall foliage. 960 1280

  

The leaves start changing in September and show a full spectrum of colors through October, depending on the location. 960 1280

  

Follow the Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires, and marvel at the brightly colored fall leaves and artsy small towns. 960 1280

  

The season changes around the John Harvard statue, a prominent landmark on the campus of Harvard University. 960 1280

  

The Boston Public Garden is awash with color during the crisp fall months. 960 1280

  

Vermont has the highest percentage of maple trees in New England with mountains awash in vibrant oranges and yellows. 960 1280

  

Check out the leaves in Burlington, Vermont's largest city. 960 1280

  

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park spans nearly 200,000 acres -- all of it bursting alive with color come fall. 960 1280

Angela Pan  

Fall Leaves and a bridge

Fall Leaves and a bridge

Walk this way. A bridge leads visitors a short distance through a vibrant scene of fall color. 960 1280

Lynn Wilson Mohamad  

The Cotswolds, Great Britain

The Cotswolds, Great Britain

Tucked in the heart of England, the Cotswolds of Great Britain entice visitors with their rolling hills of rural beauty. 960 1280

Bonnie Blanton  

Washington DC

Washington DC

Beyond its historical treasures, Washington, DC, offers plenty of serene nature views as well. 960 1280

Tony Cook  

Adirondacks in Inlet, NY

Adirondacks in Inlet, NY

The town of Inlet, NY, stands on prime real estate: it’s surrounded by more than a million acres of land within the Adirondack Park. Here, an autumn view. 960 1280

Melissa Moorehead  

Odessa

Odessa

The seaport city of Odessa in Ukraine takes on a sleepy, earthy feel come fall. 960 1280

Irina BespalÕko  

Fog and Foliage

Fog and Foliage

Gentle bursts of yellow fall colors peep through the forest fog. 960 1280

Jhym Haynie-Valdivia  

Boston

Boston

In the fall, America’s Walking City unrolls its welcome mat with vibrant foliage, interspersed throughout the urban scene. 960 1280

Zach Haber  

Tall Trees

Tall Trees

Gorgeous yellow and orange fall foliage add a dash of excitement to this forest. 960 1280

Peter Fodor  

Fall leaves in Bandera, TX

Fall leaves in Bandera, TX

Even the Cowboy Capital of the World, Bandera, TX, enjoys gazing at fiery fall foliage. 960 1280

Renea Hanna  

Camp McClintock in Bartlesville, OK

Camp McClintock in Bartlesville, OK

A 422-acre expanse in the Osage Hills, west of Bartlesville, OK, Camp McClintock flaunts its gorgeous fall foliage. 960 1280

Holly Highfied Binau  

Cypress trees along the Medina River

Cypress trees along the Medina River

Cypress trees along the Medina River, in south central Texas, sparkle with the colors of fall. 960 1280

Renea Hanna  

An autumn tree in snowfall

An autumn tree in snowfall

The year’s first Minnesota snowfall didn’t touch this lone autumn tree, still a gorgeous yellow color starkly contrasting against a pristine white background. 960 1280

Larissa Nelson  

Fall Leaves by a car

Fall Leaves by a car

Suburbia never looked so good –with amazing fall colors like this. 960 1280

Matthew Velez  

Linville Falls, NC

Linville Falls, NC

A dash of fall color complements Linville Falls, a waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 960 1280

Forrest Tainio  

Yellow Fall Foliage

Yellow Fall Foliage

Complementing the crystal clear blue of the sky, this bright yellow tree proves the artistic quality that nature adopts in fall. 960 1280

Irina BespalÕko  

Portland, ME

Portland, ME

Afraid of heights? It’s worth braving the climb just for a bird’s-eye view of fall foliage in Portland, ME. 960 1280

Tricia Lynn Yannarelli  

Orange Fall Foliage

Orange Fall Foliage

These leaves spend their final days decked out in their fall finest. 960 1280

Christopher Vernon  

Bike Path in Fall

Bike Path in Fall

A bike ride is a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of fall foliage. 960 1280

Ewa PasekRiley  

Hines Park, MI

Hines Park, MI

Take a drive through Hines Park for a look at southeast Michigan’s best fall colors. 960 1280

Joyce Thompson  

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