Top 5 Fall Drives in America

It’s no secret that our country is full of beautiful sights. Fall in many of the states offers a unique type of beauty – often crisp, colorful, and joyous. This fall, let Mother Nature take your breath away. Use this guide to hit the road, and see where adventure takes you.

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1. Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia & North Carolina.

Dubbed “America’s favorite drive”, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a slow-paced, relaxing drive where you’ll not only spot fall foliage, but also long-range vistas, up-close views of the mountains, and the stunning landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.

Close to 500 miles in length, drivers will also enjoy farmsteads, hardwood forests, and much more. Points of interest include Price Lake, the Blue Ridge Music Center, and mountain towns including Floyd, Galax, and more.

2. Route 112 – New Hampshire.

While the Kancamagus Highway is a well-known fall foliage route, Route 112 is a little lesser known, and provides ample opportunities for anyone interested in trying their hand at photography. 

Head down Route 112 west, past the quaint town of Woodstock, New Hampshire. From there, unpack the camera and continue to Kinsman Notch at Beaver Pond for breathtaking photo opps. At nearly 57 miles in length, leaf peepers are sure to be delighted.

3. Great River Road – Mississippi River.

A single route along the Mississippi from head to toe, the Great River Road is an iconic American road boasting 10 states bordering the Mississippi. Embark on this journey and you’ll enjoy everything scenic from farmland, to meadows, limestone cliffs, forests, cypress swamps, and so much more.

Many miles long, the road travels in and out of towns, and even crosses the river every so often, creating the perfect background for a beautiful fall drive.

4. Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway – Colorado.

Following along the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, drivers delight in the tapestry of colors as the Aspen trees turn their beautiful golden hues. Take in one of the most extraordinary sights from mountain-top, reached by taking the 63-mile Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, beginning off Route 70.

Follow along to discover lakes, open fields of wildflowers, forests, canyons, and so much more. Points of interest include Cedaredge and Pioneer Town, Applefest Gala, and more.

5. Mad River Scenic Byway – Vermont.

A foray through the heart of Vermont, the Mad River Byway passes through picturesque towns, around farms, famous ski areas (think Sugarbush and Mad River Glen), as well as many historic sites. The drive will take you along two of the state’s most scenic routes, numbered 100 and 100B. Travel to the top of the Appalachian Gap (Route 17), where you’ll enjoy a landscape of mountain ridges, a winding river valley, quaint villages, and much more.

This fall, experience the best of what the season has to offer. Pack up the family, or grab a few friends, and travel along these long and winding roads to truly appreciate the best of fall.

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The Best Fall Fairs in America

With fall upon us, states and cities across the country are harvesting some of the most delicious, flavorful, and vibrant produce and other bounty. From bright orange pumpkins, to crisp red apples and plump turkeys, there’s no question the season brings out the best in local food and other products.

This fall, take a culinary tour of our wonderful country. Stop in for some grub and good times at one of these excellent fall fairs.

Big Tex.

Sept. 25 – Oct. 18, 2015

The official state fair of Texas, Big Tex also takes the crown for being the biggest fair in the US. Take a ride on the tallest ferris wheel in North America, or pay a visit to Big Tex himself, a 52-foot tall statue. With an incredible amount of things to see and do, everyone in the family will surely be satisfied. Enjoy everything from auto shows, to livestock sightings and education, food stalls, wine and beer gardens, arts and crafts, and so much more.

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Georgia State Fair.

Oct. 2 – 11, 2015

Located at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the annual Georgia State Fair is not to be missed! Drop in to enjoy all the fall fair necessities, including delicious food, a tiger display, petting zoo, circus, pig races, helicopter rides, and much more!

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National Apple Harvest Festival.

Oct. 3-4 & 10-11, 2015

In its 51st year, the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, is a fabulous fall tradition year after year. The festival truly has something for everyone, with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, live music, and other entertainment.

Arizona State Fair.

Oct. 16 – Nov. 8, 2015

From farm tours and petting zoos, to copious amounts of food, and rides aplenty, the Arizona State Fair is a classic fall fair. This year’s concert series is chock full of heavy hitters like Bret Michaels, Meat Loaf, Rick Springfield, Sheryl Crow, and many others.

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Circleville Pumpkin Show.

Oct. 21 – 24, 2015

Nothing says fall fair like a giant pumpkin weigh-in, a prettiest pumpkin award, a little miss pumpkin parade, and giant pumpkin sculpting competitions. Find all this and so much more at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, an Ohio tradition that all began back in 1903.

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This fall, experience the best of what the season has to offer. Pack up the family, or grab a few friends, and stop by one of the country’s beloved fall or state fairs. Our affordable extended stay accommodation options will help you along the way.