The fall foliage season is approaching, and vastly changing palettes of deciduous trees are soon to be in blazing bloom. The best way to maximize your intake of color is to hit the road, and what better way to do it than in a fun car from DriveShare. Whether it is country drives, mountain ranges or lake backdrops that awaken your senses, there is something for you in these top six autumn viewing routes.
Skyline Drive, Luray, VA.
The best way to ride the sky — on wheels — is by taking the historic and twisty 105-mile Skyline Drive along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Roadside flowers bloom all season long, even in the fall, further complimenting the vast colors that illuminate the tree lines. The captivating route takes travelers through forests, tunnels, along rivers and along mountains. It runs the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park, home to wildlife large and small. Try this route with a car from DriveShare, like this 1967 Datsun 1600.
Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains, TN.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one is the most visited national parks, and it is an obvious choice for some quality scenic fall driving. More than 100 species of trees offer jaw-dropping colors during early October through early November, and with 800 miles of scenic roads and hiking trails it is easy to spend several days engulfed in the park’s beauty. A classic car like this 1966 Ford Mustang will get you there in style.
Harbor Springs to Cross Village, Harbor Springs, MI.
There are many sensational cruise routes in Northern Michigan, but this one takes the cake. Otherwise known as the “tunnel of trees,” this 20-mile drive is one of Michigan’s most spectacular fall destinations. As Highway 119 leaves Harbor Springs, you are led through an area once inhabited by the Ottawa Indians, and you will soon be whisked away into the majestic canopy — or tunnel — of color along the Lake Michigan shoreline. For the most rubber-necking opportunities, hitch a ride in this 1968 Ford Galaxie convertible.
Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway, Bailey, CO.
This 1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabrio is the perfect car for a 55-mile drive from Black Hawk to Estes Park, which winds through valleys and grazes the tops of ridges. Along Colorado 7, beauty of the 14,255-foot Longs Peak will tower over you, leaving a powerful stage-set for an abundance of colorful foliage provided by hundreds of golden Aspen trees.
Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS.
Natchez Trace Parkway begins at the Mississippi Highway 371 and takes you south to Highway 41, milepost 248. This relaxing tour offers many stopping points, one of which is the twenty-mile Bottom Overlook where you can see striking colors radiating from assorted foliage for miles and miles. You could even ride in comfort in a 1949 Cadillac DeVille. And if you are up for a 15-minute walk, Dogwood Valley provides peace and is rich in history with 200-years of use by foot, horse and wagon travel, earning its name “Old Trace.”
Olympic Peninsula Drive to Port Angeles, WA.
A long drive beginning in Seattle, Wash. and weaving North around the shorelines to the Olympic National Park is a journey worth much more than the cost of gas, especially if you experience it while behind the wheel of a beautiful 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. The Olympic National Park provides an amazing variety of natural sights: forests, mountains, lakes and coastal areas. This 350-mile route is still very wild and mostly untouched by man. Unique inhibitors include elk, cranes and sea otters, and Hurricane Ridge gives you breathtaking views of the Glacier Mountains without even exiting your car.
Want to get even more cruising in? See if an organized driving tour is for you.