New England

When to go: You can’t go wrong with the end of September or beginning of October. And the color should carry through until at least the end of October.

 
The Snapdragon Inn
Snapdragon Inn, Vermont

Where to drive:

  • The Green Mountain Byway between the Northern Green Mountains of Vermont is one of many can’t-miss routes to view picturesque maples and brilliant birch trees of New England.

  • The Maryland Tourism Office provides a list of the best scenic byways that will surely keep you busy and on the road in search for the brightest leaves.
 

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Northwest

When to go: Leaves start turning in mid-October and peak at the end of October, with some color trickling into November.

 
Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Where to drive:

  • The Willamette Valley of Oregon has more than 200 wineries. The leaves at the vineyards turn beautiful colors, so be sure to take a drive through the wine country on Oregon Route 99W or 99E.

  • Scenic Washington State recommends the White Pass National Scenic Byway, to enjoy the view of autumn a midst two active volcanoes.
 

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Midwest

When to go: Late September to mid-October is the best time to catch the brightest fall colors before the trees start dropping their leaves in November.

 
Glenlaurel Inn

Where to drive:

  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation provides a plethora of recommended autumn road trip routes that won’t disappoint.

  • The Illinois Office of Tourism suggests taking Great River Road along the western edge of Illinois for a scenic view of the Mississippi River and the fall woodlands.
 

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Southwest

When to go: Leaves begin to change in mid-September, peak in mid-October and are typically gone by beginning of November.

 
Sundance Bear Lodge

Where to drive:

  • The Colorado Tourism Office says that one of the best driving routes is taking Colorado 550 from Ridgeway south through Ouray and Silverton to Durango.

  • The New Mexico Tourism office recommends that you leave your car and travel back in time on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad as an alternative way to enjoy the fall views.
 

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