14 Fall Road Trips for Seeing the Best Fall Foliage — and a Whole Lot More


There is more to see in the fall in the U.S. than just leaves changing color (although those are worth seeing, too). As the weather cools and gets crisper, take advantage by going on a road trip.

Here are 14 possibilities that will have you falling in love this autumn — and each has a link to a route map to get you out on the road.

Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
You probably only think of fall foliage in New England, but southern parts of the country also have beautiful colors to view. Try a road trip through Georgia for warmer temperatures than up north.

Start at The Russell Brasstown Scenic Byway in the northern part of the state, which takes you through the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Chattahoochee River. Stop in Helen, a mountain town modeled after a quaint Bavarian village, for the Oktoberfest celebration, and at Brasstown Bald, the highest natural point in Georgia and the ultimate foliage viewing vantage point. Make a pit stop in Clayton, an old mountain town with antique shops, galleries and restaurants. Take a hike in the nearby Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest or visit wineries and vineyards in Georgia Wine Country. The Beachwood Inn, a tiny cottage inn, offers special wine dinners in the fall. Then head east to the Tallulah Gorge State Park, where you can explore a 1,000-foot chasm carved over millions of years by the Tallulah River. In November, visitors can hike and watch the biannual “whitewater releases,” when expert kayakers can brave the class V+ rushing rapids.

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