With cooler temperatures here and the year coming near an end, this is the perfect time to jump in your car and take a road trip. The United States is filled with scenic locations that are full of views and out of the ordinary things to do. No matter where you start your road trip from, you’re bound to come across places you’ve never been before. If you’re looking for warmer weather, be on the lookout for routes closer to ocean views. Here are a few road trip routes throughout the country that are a perfect fall getaway.
Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
When thinking about fall scenery, the southern part of the country isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Georgia is full of color-changing leaves but lacks the cold weather which is a big plus. Start this trip in the northern part of the state at The Russell Brasstown Scenic Byway to make your way through the Blue Mountains. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by the Chattahoochee River and beautiful views. One of the best places to stop is in Clayton, a mountain town full of antique shops and great restaurants. If you need a break from being in the car and want to get those legs moving, consider taking a hike at Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.
Cruise Along the Mississippi River
This infamous Mississippi River runs for 3,000 miles along the Great River Road and has some great places to stop along the way. Minnesota, Chicago, and Saint Paul are the most popular destination stops for anyone who needs a break from driving and want a night out on the town. If you’re up for a detour consider making a stop in Nashville and getting a signature hot chicken sandwich. The Mississippi Palisades State is also a great stop for hiking and viewpoints.
The Olympic Peninsula
While driving on the coast of Washington you’ll be surrounded by amazing mountain views and forests. Olympic National Park is a must-stop for everyone whether you enjoy hiking or not. Seattle is the perfect place to start to then head to Puget Sound where you can hop on a ferry for a small detour. Head to Vashon Island to walk on the beach and even go into the Point Robinson Lighthouse. If you much rather stop in a small town, head to historic Port Townsend where you can walk along the waterfront and take a look at the old Victorian-style buildings.