Travel's Best Fall Foliage Road Trips 2013

Ready for some leaf peeping? Check out our favorite fall drives, from New Hampshire's Route 11 to Virginia's Skyline Drive, and then plan your road trip with our maps.

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Northeast: Vermont

Northeast: Vermont

"When I lived in Vermont, hundreds would come and ride the scenic train every fall." – Michele F. 960 1280

By chensiyuan (chensiyuan) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Northeast: New Hampshire

Northeast: New Hampshire

"White Mountains in New Hampshire – Kencamagus Highway is gorgeous!" – Stephanie C. 960 1280

By Miles Scanlon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Northeast: Maine

Northeast: Maine

"Acadia National Park in Maine, of course!" – Darcy G. 960 1280
Northeast: New Jersey

Northeast: New Jersey

"Sculpture garden, Hamilton, NJ." – Jay P. 960 1280
Northeast: New York

Northeast: New York

"Thatcher State Park near Albany, NY!" – Kelly B. 960 1280

Danita Delimont/Gallo Images/Getty Images  

South: Tennessee

South: Tennessee

"Gatlinburg is absolutely beautiful! Can't beat the Smoky Mountains in the fall!!" – Amanda M. 960 1280

Chris Murray/Aurora/Getty Images  

South: Arkansas

South: Arkansas

"The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Very beautiful scenic beauty there also." – Matthew G. 960 1280

By Doug Wertman (Flickr: Overlooking The Buffalo River) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Ohio

Midwest: Ohio

"The covered bridges in Ashtabula County, OH." – Marilue B. 960 1280

By IntuneDan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Minnesota

Midwest: Minnesota

"Northern Minnesota: the Iron Range or North Shore of Lake Superior. GORGEOUS!" – Ted G. 960 1280

By kkmarais [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Illinois

Midwest: Illinois

"Galena, IL." Whether you're window shopping on Main Street or watching the fall foliage creep over the countryside, it's small town Americana at its best. – Seung K. 960 1280

Bob Hallam/Getty Images  

Midwest: Wisconsin

Midwest: Wisconsin

"Door County in Wisconsin," where brisk weather, vibrant forests and delicious farmers markets and orchards makes sure it feels, looks and tastes like fall. – Kathy K. 960 1280

By Leif and Evonne [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Michigan

Midwest: Michigan

"The upper peninsula of Pure Michigan! Copper Harbor and Tahquamenon Falls." – Michelle M. 960 1280

By Wfgc (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Indiana

Midwest: Indiana

"Indiana near the beautiful covered bridges". – L. Morrison 960 1280

By No machine-readable author provided. Cszmurlo assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Colorado

Midwest: Colorado

"I live in Colorado and a lot of local peeps go up on the Grand Mesa around color Sunday. All of the aspens, brush and other trees are very beautiful." – Shelli P. 960 1280
West: Idaho

West: Idaho

"McCall, Idaho!" Nowhere are the bursts of red and yellow more bright than beneath the aptly named Rainbow Bridge over the Payette River just 2 hours north of Boise.  – Alexis D. 960 1280
West: Washington

West: Washington

"Seattle, WA." You don’t have to go far to see Autumnal hues, picnic and play in fallen leaves at Woodland Park (just south of the zoo) or stroll along nearby Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Lost Meadow loop. – Sarah K. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

"Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina." – David R. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

"Highland Scenic Highway, Pocahontas County, WV."– Carol S. 960 1280

By Squashpup (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

"Charlottesville, VA (or better yet, at a nearby vineyard)." – Brian P. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

"Bucks County, PA!" Embark on a tour of Bucks County’s charming covered bridges (there are 12 in all) or getting a bird’s-eye view of the countryside with the US Hot Air Balloon team! – Jeff H. 960 1280

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Northeast: Vermont

Northeast: Vermont

"When I lived in Vermont, hundreds would come and ride the scenic train every fall." – Michele F. 960 1280

By chensiyuan (chensiyuan) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Northeast: New Hampshire

Northeast: New Hampshire

"White Mountains in New Hampshire – Kencamagus Highway is gorgeous!" – Stephanie C. 960 1280

By Miles Scanlon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Northeast: Maine

Northeast: Maine

"Acadia National Park in Maine, of course!" – Darcy G. 960 1280
Northeast: New Jersey

Northeast: New Jersey

"Sculpture garden, Hamilton, NJ." – Jay P. 960 1280
Northeast: New York

Northeast: New York

"Thatcher State Park near Albany, NY!" – Kelly B. 960 1280

Danita Delimont/Gallo Images/Getty Images  

South: Tennessee

South: Tennessee

"Gatlinburg is absolutely beautiful! Can't beat the Smoky Mountains in the fall!!" – Amanda M. 960 1280

Chris Murray/Aurora/Getty Images  

South: Arkansas

South: Arkansas

"The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Very beautiful scenic beauty there also." – Matthew G. 960 1280

By Doug Wertman (Flickr: Overlooking The Buffalo River) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Ohio

Midwest: Ohio

"The covered bridges in Ashtabula County, OH." – Marilue B. 960 1280

By IntuneDan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Minnesota

Midwest: Minnesota

"Northern Minnesota: the Iron Range or North Shore of Lake Superior. GORGEOUS!" – Ted G. 960 1280

By kkmarais [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Illinois

Midwest: Illinois

"Galena, IL." Whether you're window shopping on Main Street or watching the fall foliage creep over the countryside, it's small town Americana at its best. – Seung K. 960 1280

Bob Hallam/Getty Images  

Midwest: Wisconsin

Midwest: Wisconsin

"Door County in Wisconsin," where brisk weather, vibrant forests and delicious farmers markets and orchards makes sure it feels, looks and tastes like fall. – Kathy K. 960 1280

By Leif and Evonne [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Michigan

Midwest: Michigan

"The upper peninsula of Pure Michigan! Copper Harbor and Tahquamenon Falls." – Michelle M. 960 1280

By Wfgc (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Indiana

Midwest: Indiana

"Indiana near the beautiful covered bridges". – L. Morrison 960 1280

By No machine-readable author provided. Cszmurlo assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Colorado

Midwest: Colorado

"I live in Colorado and a lot of local peeps go up on the Grand Mesa around color Sunday. All of the aspens, brush and other trees are very beautiful." – Shelli P. 960 1280
West: Idaho

West: Idaho

"McCall, Idaho!" Nowhere are the bursts of red and yellow more bright than beneath the aptly named Rainbow Bridge over the Payette River just 2 hours north of Boise.  – Alexis D. 960 1280
West: Washington

West: Washington

"Seattle, WA." You don’t have to go far to see Autumnal hues, picnic and play in fallen leaves at Woodland Park (just south of the zoo) or stroll along nearby Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Lost Meadow loop. – Sarah K. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

"Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina." – David R. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

"Highland Scenic Highway, Pocahontas County, WV."– Carol S. 960 1280

By Squashpup (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

"Charlottesville, VA (or better yet, at a nearby vineyard)." – Brian P. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

"Bucks County, PA!" Embark on a tour of Bucks County’s charming covered bridges (there are 12 in all) or getting a bird’s-eye view of the countryside with the US Hot Air Balloon team! – Jeff H. 960 1280

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