Fall is finally here in the Northeast. It’s finally cool enough to turn off the A/C, roll down the windows and let a little of the outdoors come in. Here’s a short list of must-do fall drives compiled by the car nuts here at eimports4Less.
#1 North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell State Park: Mount Mitchell State Park is the highest peak in the Eastern U.S.A. You can take the 75-year-old Blue Ridge Parkway to some of the outstanding sites to view fall foliage, enjoy breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the summit of Mount Mitchell or sit and enjoy the forest views of Mount Mitchell State Park, which are always enrobed in a serene mist. Awesome!
#2 Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts: This is a classic drive in the fall. It’s a 63-mile trail that includes a variety of viewing sites like Whitcomb Summit, Mt. Greylock and the French King Bridge.
#3 South Dakota’s Black Hills: South Dakota driving is not just for motorcycles on their way to the big rally, car enthusiasts from around the country take the road every fall to enjoy the S.D. fall scenery. Not only can you take in colorful aspens, oaks, elms and ash, but you can take Highway 14A, a National Scenic Byway to Spearfish Canyon and marvel at the steep limestone cliffs on either side. Waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife round out the fantastic foliage.
Or you can take the Native American Scenic Byway to where the bison roam. The route follows the Missouri River cresting river bluffs and descending to the river bottom. The 101-mile byway is highlighted by the Big Bend of the Missouri River. You’ll see deer, eagles, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs and waterfowl
Also following the Missouri River is the Lewis and Clark Trail. The trail was the primary route used by the explorers through South Dakota in the fall of 1804. You can even visit sites that the expedition wrote about 200 years ago like Spirit Mound, Big Bend and the Arikara villages.
#4 Columbia River Highway, Oregon: The Columbia River Highway in Oregon was the first scenic drive in the U.S. to earn National Historic Landmark status. When it was built in 1913 it was actually designed to place emphasis on the area’s natural beauty. The route winds up to 900-foot cliffs—a great place to take in all the brilliant autumnal colors.
#5 Green Mountain Byway, Vermont: Get to Vermont to check out their fall foliage. Vermont’s Green Mountain Byway is an excellent way to take in the sights, see the fall colors and check out small picturesque river towns along the way.