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America’s Best Fall Foliage Road Trips

By: Caroline McCarley and Natalie Akers,

From Montana's rugged Going-to-the-Sun Road to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, we've got a list of fall forward road trips that need to be added to your bucket list.

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Our Favorite Fall Road Trips

While pumpkin spice lattes claim most of the attention during this season, we believe the highlight of fall to be its foliage. What better way to take in the natural beauty of the season than a road trip? Dig into this collection of America's best fall foliage routes to maximize your leaf peeping opportunities. Let's face it, sweater weather is simply better, especially with a beautiful view on the horizon.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an American favorite made even more spectacular with a breathtaking display of fall colors. Meandering 469 miles across North Carolina and Virginia, it’s home to Mother Nature’s longest-lasting show of fall foliage, and with thousands of feet in elevation, there is no shortage of scenic overlooks. Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain change color in early October, while areas like Chimney Rock hold out until early November.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road

For the hardcore leaf peepers among us, there’s no better place to take your vehicle to experience the changing foliage than Montana. Montana’s backcountry offers the ultimate scenes of America’s rugged beauty. Take the road less traveled and cross the Continental Divide on Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile highway bisects Glacier National Park with plenty of scenic pull-outs to stop and admire the views. If you're lucky, you may even spot wildlife along the way.

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Park Loop Road

Calling all bike enthusiasts. The 27-mile Park Loop Road in Maine is beautiful in a car, but if you're looking for a unique way to leaf peep, try it on a bike. Carriage roads wind throughout Acadia National Park, making this scenic drive perfect for both modes of transport. Not only will you be blown away by the fall foliage, but you can taste the infamous popover at Jordan Pond House.

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