With autumn in full swing, signs of the season are everywhere and everyone is enjoying their favorite parts of fall. While pumpkin spice and cozy sweaters are definitely up there on our list of favorites, there’s nothing more classically autumn than some gorgeous fall foliage. Every year, America’s Northeast bursts into bright, beautiful color, and tourists and locals alike hit the region’s scenic routes to take in the scenery. The scenic drives of the region can range from less than an hour to upwards of a full day, so there are options for anyone who wants to check out the foliage from their vehicle this year. Check out our suggestions of some of the best scenic drives in the Northeast to start planning your foliage trip, and don’t miss your chance to experience the full beauty of autumn!
Northeast Corner, Connecticut: Stretching between Winstead and Canaan, this is a 22-mile-long route that passes through a lovely section of Connecticut wilderness. Between a few quaint towns and the famous West Cornwall covered bridge, this drive will bring you through quiet wooded areas certain to be overflowing with colourful foliage.
The Green Mountain Byway, Vermont: Named for its home, the Green Mountain State, this byway provides breathtaking views. Vermont’s wilderness, which makes up almost 75 percent of the state, largely made up of maple trees, which are known for their vibrant autumn displays. This 11-mile drive through the mountains between Stowe and Waterbury is short enough that you can feel to pull over for a while and enjoy the views at closer proximity.
Scituate Loop, Rhode Island: Skirting around the Scituate Reservoir in the Blackstone Valley Region of Rhode Island, this loop passes by Salisbury Farm, a local treasure with fresh produce, pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, and more. Why choose either a fall farm day or a foliage drive when you can hit the Scituate Loop and have both?
The Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire: This 35-mile-long section of New Hampshire’s Route 112 is affectionately nicknamed “the Kanc” by locals. On the drive between Lincoln and Conway, you’ll experience not only plentiful foliage, but also the chance to explore Rocky Gorge and Sabbaday Falls, two beautiful waterfall locations easily accessible from pull-off points along the route.
Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway, Maine: The perfect mixture of Maine nature, this drive offers mountains, woods, and rivers. On the road between the two entrances of Baxter State Park, you can take in the beauty of Maine’s tallest mountain, as well as the Penobscot River and of course, some incredible leaves. Consider a longer stay in the area to take advantage of camping, hiking, fishing and boating.
The Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts: This route follows and old Native American footpath along what is now Massachusetts Routes 2 and 2A. One of the longer trips on the list, the Mohawk Trail offers almost 70 miles of leaf peeping opportunities. If you have time along the drive, you can also take some time to explore some of the many historic mill towns situated along the route.
Stunning foliage abounds in the Northeast at this time of year, and depending on where you live, every drive could be called “scenic.” Taking an extended trip to take in the beauty around you, though, can be the perfect way to unwind from a long week and remember to appreciate the natural things around you. Buy a new car recently? Professionals at City Cadillac say that taking a longer, stress-free drive is a good way to familiarise yourself with a new vehicle. Whether you choose to check out one of our recommended routes or just cruise around the back roads of your own home town, keep an eye on the trees this weekend and enjoy all the autumn has to offer.