Are you ready for a road trip to see one of mother nature’s most beautiful events? The changing of leaves is breathtaking, but what makes the fall foliage even greater is that you can witness it in so many places — even some nearby! Grab your camera, picnic baskets, and cozy blankets; then hop in the car! Let’s go!
First on my list is Holmes County, Ohio. Holmes County is the heart of Amish Country, and if you head out in mid-October you will see why this is one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in America!
While riding through the hills you will see the mixture of hardwood trees like Maple, Oak, Hickory, Walnut, and Beech. They are beautifully complimented by a backdrop of farms with wooden fences and horse drawn wagons. Traveling this roadway will make you feel as though you have traveled back in time.
Catskills, New York is our next stop! Head to the Southeastern part of the state in late September and you will find a mixture of orange, red and yellow filling the skyline. With over 6,000 square miles of beauty, capture your own color-filled photographs of mountains and historic towns.
My last stop in the Midwest and Northeast regions would be to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. Imagine almost four million acres of ash, aspen, beech, birch, maple, oak, sycamore, and tamarack nestled in between to shoreline of the three Great Lakes! Now, picture all of that from a lighthouse lookout! (Need I say more?)
If you have a full vacation coming up in the Fall then a drive through the Blue Ridge Highway will create memories the whole family will be talking about the rest of their lives! Start your journey in Afron, Virginia, then head Southwest towards Cherokee, North Carolina. This scenic highway winds through the Appalachian mountains giving you a view of the leaves changing color from different angles — from above, below and in between. There are many lookouts and areas to pull over on the highway to learn about the history of the Blue Ridge. Stay at a charming bed and breakfast and enjoy a little Southern hospitality before driving back home.